Can I Decorate My Outside AC Unit
Depending on where its placed, the outside unit of your AC can be quite unsightly. If you do find that it’s sticking out in your yard like a sore thumb, you may be tempted to decorate it. Here’s what you need to know before you do.
How the Compressor Affects Air Conditioner Performance
Most home air conditioning systems consist of two units. The indoor unit circulates air through the home, while the outdoor unit pumps refrigerant into and out of the indoor unit and expels the heat removed from your home into the outside air.
In order for it to expel heat efficiently, the outside unit needs to be kept cool — the hotter it is, the less heat it removes, and the more energy your AC uses to cool your home. To help it stay cool, the outside unit has a fan that pulls air over itself. If that airflow is blocked, your AC won’t cool as well.
What You Can Do to Improve Its Look
Since you need to let it breathe, proper planning is key to improving your outside AC unit’s look. Placing decorations on it is out, and paint is a bad idea as well since there’s a good chance you’ll cover ventilation areas or add a layer of insulation that traps heat inside.
The most common way to make your outdoor unit look better is to hide it. Fences are common, and a slatted fence is ideal so air can pass through the fence. Bushes are also commonly used and easily allow air to flow through. Just make sure there’s two feet of open space between the fence or bushes and the outside unit to allow air to flow around the unit and to allow access for maintenance. Don’t forget to keep bushes and any other plants or weeds trimmed back as well.
An added benefit of decorating your outside AC unit this way is providing shade for it. The shade created by the fence or bush will help keep it cool and improve its cooling efficiency.
To learn more about how to care for your AC or to schedule air conditioning repairs, contact Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve Jacksonville, FL and the surrounding communities.