With temperatures reaching 30+ degrees since June, summer 2015 has been long and hot in Waterloo Region. To combat the heat, air conditioning (AC) units are essential, but let’s be honest – they’re large and aren’t aesthetically appealing. But don’t sweat it; there are lots of DIY ways to cover them.

Below are 3 examples of AC covers to inspire your own design.

1. Fencing

fenceOne of the most common approaches to hide an AC is with fencing. Not sure what type of fencing to use? For an integrated look, get inspired by the elements that already exist in your backyard or use leftover building materials from your last project.

You can also check out some of the great ideas on Pinterest.

2. Vegetation Screening

lattacefencePlant screens are good budget alternatives for those who aren’t interested in investing in a custom fence. With this screening, you can even integrate your garden to allow climbing plants to grow, like roses or beans.

How pretty would that look in your backyard?


3. Build a Structure

shed1How smart! Keep space in mind by creating a structure that hides your AC and stores garden tools, such as the lawnmower, hose, pool care supplies etc. Some structures are also designed to match the design and build of the house, creating optimal aesthetic appeal. Take a look here.

Before creating an AC cover, keep in mind what keeps your unit in good working order. The reason AC units have a perforated metal casing is so they can breathe. It’s important to keep this in mind before you add any obstruction around it.

To be safe, check the manufacturer’s recommended distance or contact Afterglow!

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