Your outside air conditioning unit may just be the most vulnerable member of your home’s appliance family. Your AC unit’s outdoor infrastructure is susceptible to a number of dangers, like vandals, animals and even flora that could shed leaves right into the fan system of your air conditioner. Not only that, but landscaping tools may also damage your outdoor unit. One swift crash with a motorized lawnmower and your HVAC unit could be out for weeks. Moreover, protecting your air conditioner’s outdoor unit is also important if you want to find a way to hide your unit – most air conditioning units are not aesthetically pleasing. Here are five ways to safeguard your outdoor air conditioning unit.
- Incorporate your outdoor unit into your landscaping designs. In most cases, you can’t install your air conditioning unit right in the middle of your yard, but you can safely install the unit right next to your home and you can make it blend seamlessly into your backyard environment. All you have to do is install some lattice work and plant vines, so that the vines cover the lattice and eventually shield and protect your outdoor air conditioning unit.
- Build a small house for your HVAC unit. When it comes down to it, you can always build another unit for your air conditioner that will serve as a little shed or house. You can even make the shed or house similar to the aesthetic of your main house. You want to make sure, though, that when you build a little shed for your AC unit, that there is easy access to maintain the unit when it needs to be maintained. Whether you have a heat pump or furnace system, maintenance is vital – for the heating system, but also for the air conditioning system.
- Create a wall for your air conditioning unit. Building a wall can be a great way to protect your unit and to make it easy for maintenance and repairs. In most cases, a wall can serve as a fence of sorts that can safeguard your air condition unit, but also keep it hidden from prying eyes. Not only that, but a fence is much easier to build and install. Many of these walls come pre-built by home improvement suppliers.
- Use a cover. If you aren’t using your air conditioning unit, you may want to cover it with an AC unit cover. In most cases, the manufacturer of your AC unit will also have covers that you can use when your AC unit is not in operation. Having a cover can protect your unit against the elements, debris, leaves and vandalism. You want to make sure, though, that the unit is not on when you cover it.
- Install an awning above your AC unit. If there are a lot of trees and branches that could shed detritus and leaves into your AC system, you may want to create an awning of sorts above your AC unit that can protect your air conditioner from these dangers. One small twig in your AC system could cause some serious damage. So, if you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for repairs, simply install an awning and it may make all the difference.