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4 Ways To Disguise The Air Conditioner In Your Yard

by Amelia Martin

For those who live in hot climates, central air conditioning is not just a luxury, it's a survival mechanism. Yet many people still regret the nuisance that a large, boxy condenser unit creates in their yard. If you would like to learn more about minimizing the visual impact of your air conditioner, read on. This article will discuss four effective strategies.

Ornamental Fence

Perhaps the simplest, and the most common, way to disguise an obtrusive air conditioner is to have a fence erected around it. The key here is to draw as little attention to the fence as possible. Thus it is a good idea to select a fence type that maintains the prevailing design already at play in your yard or garden. In other words, try to stick to established color schemes, material types, and other visual patterns.

Outdoor Storage Unit

Sometimes the location of an outdoor condenser unit simply doesn't allow for the installation of additional fencing. In such cases, consider boxing the AC into a structure that doubles as a storage space for outdoor tools—things such as garden implements, pool supplies, and hoses. Just be sure to allow for adequate ventilation above and around the air conditioner when designing your structure. Those who want even more utility space might even consider encasing the AC in a full-sized equipment shed.

Vegetation Screens

Those who want to promote a more natural feel in their yard should consider using vegetation to help shield their air conditioner from sight. This can be accomplished in a number of different ways. Shrubs, bushes, and small trees can be planted in front of the AC. This method, however, may not pay off until the vegetation has had a chance to grow to full-size. A quicker solution is to install a trellis for climbing plants. This solution can pay off within the span of a single growing season. 

Yard Redesign

If you've got a larger budget to work with, and have been dreaming of making some changes to your yard anyway, this could be a great time to kill two birds with one stone. Consult an architecture or landscaping firm about generating some ideas for a redesign project—one that allows for a utility space in which your air conditioner may be hidden from view. Even if the unit can't be hidden entirely, a savvy designer will find a way to naturally lead the eye to more attractive portions of the yard.

For more information, contact professionals like CNR Air Conditioning Inc.