Your air conditioner offers comfort for you, your family, your pets, and your guests all throughout the spring and summer months. However, your air conditioner can also be quite an eyesore. Whatever style your home is made up to be can be interrupted my the sight of a window unit or outside central air unit (unless, of course, you want your house to look like a warehouse or hardware store!). Window air conditioning units are unique in that they need to be camouflaged from the inside and the outside, for passerby and invited guests. Here are a few tips for helping your air conditioning unit blend into the background of your beautiful home.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
You may have found your window unit the most troubling during the cooler months because it wasn't attractive and, to add insult to injury, it wasn't in use! Remember that you can save a lot of decorating effort and time by simply storing the unit in a closet, attic, or basement until warmer weather rolls around again. Of course, this isn't reasonable in the case of an outdoor central air unit, so you're definitely stuck with it being outside all year.
Use the plastic portions of your window unit as a canvas. Decorate the unit with materials such as wallpaper, paint, or ink in order to create a piece of art that fits your style and your home.
The same goes for outdoor central air units, but these units don't normally have safe places to glue down paper and other decorations. You would have to encase the unit in a wooden or plastic cabinet, while being sure to give it the required air space to operate properly. After the unit is encased, you can then have the cabinet painted or decorated as you see fit.
A more utilitarian option for people who want to hide their window unit it to build shelving around it. To the sides, above, and below the unit could be shelves for portraits, potted indoor plants, small sculptures, even linen. Even if you decide to put the air conditioner away during the cold season, the shelving could make great decoration for your windows and provide a little extra space for storage. On the outside, this storage could be used for garden tools, outdoor plants, gardening gloves, even pet implements such as leashes.
Encasing an outdoor unit in a cabinet means that cabinet can be used in a similar manner. it could be surrounded by pots of flowers or containers of bird feed. It could support a small outdoor resting place for your cat or small dog. If sturdy enough, the cabinet could even be a place to neatly store heavier lawn implements such as shovels, rakes, and hoses.
Hiding your air conditioner doesn't have to be as big of a pain as having it in plain sight throughout the year. Talk to a local HVAC specialist like One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to find out the best ways to make these options successful on your property with your unit!