Unique Ways to Disguise your AC

by John S. Kim 02/10/2020

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When it comes to hiding an AC, it's vital to maintain proper airflow. But you don't have to block airflow to remove an air conditioner from your line of sight. Check out these five creative ways to hide your AC.

A Hanging Garden

To make this project easy, pre-made lattice works just fine for a basic hanging garden. But if you're looking forward to a weekend project, go a little more advanced. 

Nail six to eight 2X4s together into a grid, leaving space between them. Then simply encourage vines up the structure or hang potted plants on the slats. 

You can also turn your grid into a 3D structure so that each compartment becomes a planter for herbs, succulents, flowers or whatever inspires you. 

The exact design is up to you. Just keep two things in mind. First, you'll need to maintain it to prevent overgrowth that blocks airflow. And second, it should be easily removable. Or place it three to five feet from the unit so that a professional can service the AC when needed.

A Slatted Bench

So your AC unit is right in the middle of your outdoor entertainment space. Not to worry. You can build a beautiful deep, slatted bench that fits perfectly over the unit. Think up-side-down crate with a bottom that comes off like a lid and you have the perfect hide-away for an AC. 

Stain the bench/cover to match your home or lawn furniture and no one will ever know. And because it doubles as a bench, you'll forget your AC is under there, at least when it's not running.

A Row of Hedges

If you can still maintain access to the unit, some AC units can be concealed by a row of hedges planted three to five feet away from the unit. You can place the hedges along one side or grow them all around.

A Bird Sanctuary

Simply adding a fence would be too ordinary, But combining a fence with a line of beautifully painted birdhouses can cover your AC and add character to your yard while giving local birds a safe and warm place to nest in the spring.

If you want to build the birdhouses from scratch, you can. Or you can head down to your local lawn and garden store to choose three to five you like. Then it's just a matter of using a nail and hammer to secure them to the fence.

Give it its Own House

If you want to have some fun and have a little more carpentry skill than the rest of us, create a miniature version of your home that you can place over the unit. It can't be a replica since it needs proper airflow, but by mimicking your home's style, the structure seems to fit right in. That AC will be an eyesore no more.

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John S. Kim

Hi, I'm John Kim and I'd love to help you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search to buy or you're ready to sell your home in the next 30-90 days, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

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I have called the San Francisco Bay Area home since 1980. Leaving behind a colorful career in high tech back in 2004, I have focused my energy and passion for teaching and helping others in the real estate industry. Immediately, from the onset of my real estate career, I had the honor of being recognized as the No. 1 Real Estate Agent in my office and awarded Top Selling Agent in 2005 for successfully serving my community using real estate as a vehicle. Since 2005, I have continued to rank among the top in my field of residential real estate sales with my skilled negotiations, networking prowess, and tenacious focus on my clients’ goals. Today, I continue to follow my passion by educating friends and neighbors on the value of home-ownership and on navigating the new real estate economy.

I hold certifications as a Master Certified Negotiations Expert, Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Distressed Property Expert, and also the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Specialist by the California Association of Realtors, among others. Regarded by my peers as an expert on the subject of Negotiations, Contracts, Short Sales, and Foreclosures. I have proudly served as the corporate trainer to over 500 licensed agents and brokers at our corporate Newark office beginning in 2009.

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