How to Hide Your A/C Unit

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It's easy to appreciate your air conditioning unit during scalding summer days, despite its unsightly appearance. However, when the seasons turn colder and the unit isn't in use, it may become a distraction and an eyesore. Whether your air conditioner is a large outdoor unit or a wall unit or window unit that stays in year-round, there are ways to hide it from view.

  • Use an air conditioner cover to hide your unit. Air conditioner covers are made for both interior and exterior units and come in a range of colors and sizes. Install by simply slipping over the air conditioner. Purchase one similar to the color of your walls to blend in. Interior models also help to protect the room from cold drafts in the winter.

  • Cover your interior air conditioner with a folding screen. Unfold and adjust the screen so it covers the unit and the wall around it. Obtain a lightweight screen to easily move out of the way when you need to use the air conditioner.

  • Hide your outdoor unit by installing a fence. Make sure to include at least 3 feet of clearance on either side of the A/C unit to allow air to flow properly. Leave one side open or include a gate for accessing for repair. Use solid fencing material or a garden trellis where you can grow hanging vines for a decorative effect.

  • Place curtains over your interior A/C unit. Install a rod at the same height as other windows in your room. Hang with matching curtains to create the illusion of an additional window. Close the curtains when you want to hide and open when you need to use the air conditioner.

  • Use plants to conceal your exterior unit. Plant evergreen bushes like juniper, yew, privet or holly to hide the unit at all times of year. Arrange tall potted plants strategically around the air conditioner so it's hidden from view. Move the plants for access.

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