Hide Your Outdoor HVAC Unit Without Compromising Efficiency
Your outdoor HVAC unit is a vital component of your overall indoor comfort. But the last thing you want to do is stare at this big, bulky box while you’re hosting a backyard party or enjoying the outdoors with your kids.
Safe and Creative Ways to Hide Your Outdoor HVAC Unit
- Lattice — You can use lattice to make a screen or wall around your unit. The holes provide an escape route for the hot air that’s blowing out of your unit, preventing overheating.
- Wall of wooden slats — This is an excellent project for you if you’re looking for a modern look. What’s more, the holes will prevent the heat from your unit from being trapped.
- Mosaic screen — If you want something that’s out of the box, make a beautiful mosaic screen using bits of mirror, stained glass, and broken plates on a fence panel.
- Vertical garden — If you have a green thumb, you can hide your outdoor HVAC unit by creating a vertical garden around it.
- Pallet fence — If you’re the handy type, you can build a small fence with wood pallets. Spruce it up with hanging plants and solar lights.
- Privacy screen — If you don’t love DIY projects, you can buy a privacy screen that matches your decor.
- Tall greenery — Lovely pottery with tall flowers, grasses, and other greenery hides your unit while adding curb appeal. Just make sure you choose hardy plants that can handle the heat from your unit.
Precautions to Take
As you hide your unit, follow these two rules:
- Take care not to block the unit’s airflow. Your unit must have access to adequate airflow to prevent it from overheating and breaking down.
- There should be enough room for your unit to get service. You can achieve that by using a screen that’s easily movable or by leaving enough space between the unit and fence.
The options listed above will not only add beauty to your yard but also protect your outdoor HVAC unit from yard debris. For safety inspection of your outdoor unit or other maintenance needs, contact Beyer Boys, proudly serving the San Antonio area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).