It’s getting warmer outside. With the warm weather comes BBQs, bonfires, and gatherings. Every time you have friends or family over you tell yourself you must do something to hide that ugly air conditioner condenser unit.
Well, stop procrastinating. You can do something about it now.
Before we begin there are some things you need to keep in mind.
1. Your air conditioner condenser unit must have room to breathe. If you block to much air flow you will decrease the efficiency of your air conditioner and eventually cause damage that will require a service technician to fix.
2. Make sure you keep your air conditioner condenser accessible. You will need to access it to clean it and if it breaks a service technician will need access to it.
3. If you have kids that play outside, you need to block their access to your air conditioner condenser unit. Your kids have smaller fingers than you and they might try to put them inside the fan area or they might think sticks belong inside the fan.
Now I’m going to throw some ideas out to hide your ugly air conditioner condenser unit.
1. Lattice fence.
A lattice fence is easy to build and can be completed cheaply. There are many options for the lattice. You can get it in multiple colors made of plastic or wood. If you get wood lattice you can paint it any color you like.
Lattice is a good choice because it provides ample ventilation. You can put a lattice fence close to your air conditioner condenser unit without worrying about blocking air flow.
If you move the lattice farther away from your air conditioner condenser unit you can let some vines grow on it without blocking the air flow. This is will provide a nice look without breaking the bank.
Plants are a cheap way to hide your air conditioner condenser unit. You can plant them directly in the ground around your air conditioner condenser unit or you can put them in pots and stage them to block the view from your entertaining area to your air conditioner condenser unit.
Plants are cheap and easy but they do have some drawbacks. You must keep up with weed control and trimming to make sure leaves or flower pedals are not falling into your air conditioner condenser unit. You also need to maintain accessibility. Potted plants can be moved but planted ones can’t
Upcycling, or repurposing, pallets into useful and decorative things around the house is popular right now. You can probably find pallets in your area for free. Check with the stores and factories. They usually have some that they are looking to get rid of.
The possibilities of a pallet fence are endless. The thing you need to keep in mind when you are using pallets is air flow. They block more air than the lattice fence so they need to be farther away from the air conditioner condenser unit.
4. Build a fence
If you want to just make a normal fence that is it perfectly fine way to hide your air conditioner condenser unit. You can really let your imagination run wild with fence ideas.
When you are brainstorming, remember a solid fence will block a lot of air flow. It needs to be far enough away to allow ample air flow around the air conditioner condenser unit.
A fence is more permanent than most other methods so you might want to consider adding a gate for access.
5. Metal enclosure
This is more for safety and theft protection then it is aesthetics. There are some decorative metal enclosures available. These are good to keep kids from getting hurt and they will protect your air conditioner condenser unit from theft and tampering.
6. Shed / Completely enclosed
I do not recommend you build a shed or complete enclosure around your air conditioner condenser unit. Your air conditioner condenser unit puts out a lot of hot air. That hot air needs to vent someplace. If it is enclosed and can’t vent it will decrease efficiency and break your air conditioner.
There are so may ways to hide your air conditioner condenser unit. This article is really just the wavetops. As long as you are maintaining accessibility and not restricting air flow you can’t go wrong.