Your HVAC unit isn’t the most stylish piece of equipment, but it’s indispensable for battling the heat during those Oklahoma summers. However, you’d probably rather it didn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Here are a few ways you can make your outdoor HVAC unit a bit more inconspicuous:
- Fence it in – You’d be amazed at what a decorative privacy fence can do to hide your HVAC unit. Your HVAC fence should also have a lockable access door or panel for ease of maintenance. It’s a good idea to study your municipality’s regulations regarding fence structures before you start building one.
- Enclose it – Instead of putting a fence around it, you can have a well-ventilated enclosure built around it. Enclosures can range from one small enough to accommodate just the outdoor HVAC unit to full-height equipment sheds that also accommodate tool storage.
- Use vegetation to your advantage – Climbing plants like English ivy are a great way to keep your HVAC unit out of direct view. All you’ll need is a simple trellis that covers the unit from three sides, leaving enough room for maintenance access.
- Distract attention with a nice path – Landscaping can not only transform your entire yard, but it can also help you incorporate a wide variety of visual tips and tricks to distract from unwanted sights. For instance, a detailed, flower-lined pathway leads eyes away from your HVAC unit.
All of the above can help make your outdoor HVAC unit less of an eyesore. However, it’s crucial to keep the unit’s airflow in mind. For this reason, you don’t want to completely block or cover the top of the unit, nor do you want to let vegetation grow up around the bottom of the unit. Solid structures should leave at least five to six feet of clearance above and three feet around the HVAC unit. Nearby plants should also use rock and a bed cover instead of mulch.
For more information on hiding your outdoor HVAC unit, contact us at Davis Air Conditioning, proudly serving the Southwest Oklahoma area since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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