It’s the summer, and every house needs proper air conditioning, which means ugly and aesthetic disrupting AC units and their lines in the backyard. After an AC unit is installed, the inside space may feel cool and out of the heat, but the outdoor space becomes a horrid mess for your garden. For this reason, it’s best to cover your AC unit and the lines coming from it with a DIY solution as soon as possible.
However, concealing a full AC unit can be challenging work than a mini-split. You have to be careful not to block the airflow of the equipment or any of its other functions to make it malfunction or make repairs difficult. So if you’re ready for your next DIY project, the following list is for you, and if not, then call up your handyman and take their help in conducting any of the following:
The best assets for your garden are the refreshing and rejuvenating plants that provide fresh air and build their curb appeal. So what would be a better way than to add more plants and use them to cover your AC unit. However, only use plants that don’t need much water that can move to the unit and make it go haywire. Don’t plant the plants too close to the units either. As for the plants, make sure to use that grow big enough and hide the units well. Some examples are morning glories, cactus, ocotillo plants, and different perennial flowers.
Build a Structure around It
There are several ways to hide your Ac unit with a DIY structure made especially for covering the whole system. Before creating an abode for the unit, always take accurate measures and double-check to make sure that the system won’t suffocate or become ineffective. The choosing and building of the protective and concealing structure around the unit depends on the area and how you like it.
If you have space, you can create a whole corner garden with a separate door to keep the unit or add a simple pallet planter in front of it to add aesthetics and conceal the AC. Some people like to take it as a step forward and create a wooden house around their AC units big enough to cover it completely and tiny enough to look like a doghouse.
Add Line Covers
Concealing the lines should be handled more delicately and covered thoroughly to prevent from harsh weather conditions and other damages in the open backyard. For these lines of mini splits or heavier AC units, ensure to get quality lineset covers and guards to protect them. These covers will provide a uniform look to the once ugly lines and, more importantly, thoroughly defend them in any condition. Ensure to install the covers skillfully or get the company to do the installation for you as well.
Grow Flowers around Lines
If your lines still end up looking unholy or disrupt the image of your garden, you can add some bright and beautiful flowers to the line covers. You don’t have to do much, but just plant a seed of a low-maintenance plant on the top of the line cover and care for it not to enter the units and disrupt the flow. It will be important to trim it occasionally not to let it overflow and make it look pretty. You can grow flowers like climbing hydrangeas, wisterias, Becklund thymes, and many more like these, whichever suits your needs and adds to the appeal.
Another great option is to color it to conceal it. This option will help you create an alluring look in your backyard and bring in more colors to it. Painting the lines and the units may be the easiest option than planting anything or building large structures. All you have to do is take care of not getting wet paint inside the line or unit systems. Choose your favorite color or colors to play around with and create something artsy.
Place a Fence
Pick up the leftover fence from your garage or create some from a few pieces of wood to place in front of your AC unit. This is a great way for concealing the unit and dont require much hard work. You can use a shipping pallet for this DIY task as well and paint it in bright colors and artistic images to produce an inexpensive and colorful concealing fence to place in front of the AC unit. You can decorate the fence any way you like and get some creative DIY work done with it. Match with the exterior and dig up some dirt to safeguard it.
Protect with a Wall
If your fence doesn’t do justice in hiding the unit effectively, you can use other methods like creating a full-fledged wall in front of it. You can build the wall with anything material, brick or stone, and use it to hide the pipes with the unit as well. You can find several images of cement or stone walls created on the internt, placed in front of units, and decorated with plants and pots. An easier way to go about it is to reuse some pieces of brick from a construction and place them vertically to place flower pots in the middle space. The wall will provide aesthetics to your garden but make sure to keep it far from the AC unit so that it dent topple on it and damage it.
Create a Screen
Another alternative to placing a mere fence is adding a creative screen, a vine, or a bamboo wall. Matching your garden’s presence, you can add any of these. A vine wall would look fine in any setting. A bamboo wall will suit a low-maintenance garden set between pebbled curb. It will provide a composed look over your backyard and is a material that won’t damage with rain and moisture easily. Like these ideas, you can create your own screen with a material you prefer in your garden and cover the unit and keep its mess inside.