Your HVAC unit is great. It keeps your home the perfect temperature, cool or warm as needed. Maybe it’s not too noisy, and hopefully, it doesn’t need any work other than regular maintenance. But there is one problem: it’s ugly. More specifically, the outdoor compressor/condenser section of the unit sticks out against your landscape, and not in a good way. If you’re struggling to integrate your unit into the landscape design, check out the tips below.
- Build a fence Perhaps the easiest way to mask your HVAC unit is to build a fence around it. There are a variety of different options, ranging from interlocking wood blocks, faux bamboo sheets, metal screens, or regular fencing. You can buy premade fencing at the store or do it yourself. Remember to include a gate or other entry.
- Use natural greenery Another option is to use natural greenery to better mask the unit. Ornamental grasses, bushes, and trees will all work well for this purpose. If you want something more versatile, consider platted pots or trees. Trellises and vertical gardens may not hide the unit as well but may work better for your landscape.
- Redirect the eye Use landscaping techniques to redirect the eye and draw it away from the unit. Use a color pattern for anything near the unit that makes it blend in, rather than stand out. Put various focal points around the yard, such as water features, furniture, or a garden. Paths are an even more effective way of guiding the eye.
- Move the unit As a last resort, you can have the unit moved to a space that better fits your preferences. Have the space inspected to make sure it is appropriate for the unit and hire professionals for the installation. However, be mindful that this is an expensive option and not always possible.
Hopefully, these tips can help you transform your HVAC unit from an eyesore to a point of pride. No matter how you blend your unit into the landscape, remember to make sure it is still well ventilated and accessible for regular maintenance. For more options on how to hide your HVAC or to make sure it’s working properly, call Miller’s today at 757-695-3143.