As a homeowner, you most likely understand how an improved curb appeal is imperative for your house. From creating an attractive design that displays your household's style to increasing the overall value of your home, it is easy to see the importance. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough effort into improving the look of your outdoor air conditioning units. While necessary for cooling the inside of your home, outdated, bulky units make your home less attractive. Using this guide on increasing the appeal of your outdoor units, you can improve the curb appeal of your home.

Screen

Many homeowners purchase a specialty screen to frame their outdoor units. Constructed out of durable plastic, wood, or vinyl and available in a variety of colors and styles, there is an option for every homeowner's style. However, creating a screen using precut sheet of lattice is also an option. Using the following simple steps, you can create a decorative screen without a large expense:

  1. Purchase 3 sheets of privacy lattice in your desired pattern. Each sheet should measure approximately 4' x 4'. If necessary, use multiple sheets measuring 4' x 8' and cut to size.
  2. Paint or stain if preferred and allow to dry overnight.
  3. Arrange the 3 lattice panels in a U-shape.
  4. Connect using zip ties. Attach a zip tie at the bottom and top of each lattice panel. Be sure there is sufficient movement for arranging the finished screen. Then, tighten the zip ties.
  5. Place the U-shaped screen around your outdoor unit. Allow a few feet between the screen and the unit to ensure proper airflow.
  6. Surround the area with a landscaping material such as small pebbles or mulch.

Paint

Rain, snow, extreme temperatures, and overall wear and tear can discolor and rust your outdoor units. While the changes will not affect the working order of your air conditioning, it can make your units ugly. Of course, a complete replacement is most likely not financially feasible. Painting your unit is a more affordable option.

Before getting started, turn off your air conditioning using your indoor thermostat. Disconnect the power to your unit to prevent electrocution, as well. Cover the area behind your unit with plastic sheeting. Connect the plastic to the side of your home to protect the siding.

Fill a bucket with 3 gallons of hot water and 1 cup of liquid dish soap. Soak a few sponges in the soapy solution. Wring out the excess liquid before washing the unit. For stubborn areas of residue, use a soft-bristled brush. Allow the unit to dry for a few hours.

Use an appliance spray paint in your desired color to coat the outdoor unit. Move the spray in a side-sweeping motion to prevent drips. Apply one coat and allow to dry for a few hours. Then, apply a second coat and let dry overnight.

Landscape

Flowers, trees, and shrubs will not completely hide your units, but landscaping can improve their look.  Flowerbed or natural area around your units is a great option for improving landscaping around your home, but it is also an easy way to enhance the look of your units.

Use spray paint to mark your designated area. A semi-circle shape is popular for homeowners. Use a power tiller to dig up and loosen the grass inside the designated area. Define the border with an edging such as stone or brick.

Install a shrub on each side of your unit. Be sure there is 2 to 3 feet of space between your unit and the plant. The space will prevent leaves and limbs from blocking airflow or trapping inside the unit. In addition, air conditioning repair technicians will need the space for completing maintenance and repairs.

Add color to the bed by planting perennials that will bloom each year. In the fall, plant tulip bulbs in the bed for instant appeal in the spring.

Be sure to trim shrubbery and flowers each season to prevent excessive growth that may affect your unit.

Your heating and air system is important for your family's comfort, but your outdoor units do not need to be unattractive and old. Using these options, you can improve your curb appeal and enhance your outdoor units. 

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