Creative Ways to Hide Outdoor Unit

You love your air conditioner. It keeps you alive in the brutal summers. You know how much you need it, but it’s really not making your yard look pretty. It’s out of place. The color is wrong, and you have an otherwise gorgeous lawn that doesn’t accommodate this random testament to industry, just sticking out of the ground. It’s OK. There are great ways to solve this problem, and you get to flex your creative muscles along the way. Here are three ideas to help you hide your air conditioner unit outside.

1. Plants

Plantlife is the go-to solution for hiding anything you want to be obscured in your yard or lawn. Bushes are probably the easiest thing to plant around the AC unit, but you can let your creativity run wild. Small trees are another easy choice.

If you want to add color, you can build a flower garden around the unit. Planters can ensure that the garden is elevated enough to do its job. You can also grow vines around the area to get a little more control over how well the unit is covered. There is a plant for every occasion and purpose, and that can include hiding your air conditioner. Do keep in mind, however, that the air conditioner needs space around it to breathe. And you don’t want to let plants grow down onto the top of the unit.

2. Enclosures

Blocking the AC unit with an enclosure gives you the most options. A simple fence will look nice and perfectly hide the unit. Conversely, you can build a fancy custom enclosure around the unit.

There really are no limits to what you can do. You can reclaim pallets to build a rustic box for the unit. You can make an aluminum-slatted enclosure. You can even cordon off an entire section of the yard for a private garden that hides your AC unit in the back.

3. A Paver Wall

Technically, a paver wall is just another enclosure, but it’s worth mentioning separately for a few reasons. One is that the paver wall can be part of a retaining wall structure that looks good and gives your yard flow. Another is that you can tie the paver wall into a paver path that makes everything look deliberate and pleasing to the eye.

Paver walls are a simple and affordable way to solve this problem. You get a great aesthetic, and it doesn’t require an intimidating investment of time or money.

Pay Attention to Safety Requirements

Before you commit to your plan, double-check the manual for safety requirements. The unit needs to be able to vent air and heat. Most of these ideas will never be a fire hazard, but you always want to be certain of that from the outset.

If you don’t like the look of your air conditioner in the yard, you can always find a way to creatively hide it. However, if you don’t have an air conditioner in the yard, it might be time to invest. Metro Express Service is here for all of your air-conditioning needs. Give us a call at 817-516-0700 or reach out to us online, and we’ll come to maintain, fix, or install the perfect air conditioner to keep you cool.


Randy Murphy

Randy Murphy has been building his knowledge of the air conditioning and heating business for several years now. He first started applying his knowledge while working for his father’s HVAC company. Later, in 1987, Randy started his own business: Metro Express Service. He has been a top 10 Trane & Amana dealer for over eight years. When it comes to heating and cooling, Randy knows the business better than anyone.
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