Keep Your A/C Unit From Being an Eyesore With These Landscaping Tips

Keep Your A/C Unit From Being an Eyesore With These Landscaping TipsYour central air conditioner helps you cope with hot, humid weather, but its outdoor component, the condenser, isn’t a thing of beauty in any yard. These landscaping tips will hide the condenser or help it blend into its surroundings.

  • A lattice structure around the condenser provides ample airflow for the condenser to dissipate the heat the refrigerant collects from the indoors. You can plant evergreen shrubs around the perimeter and hang bird feeders and window boxes that will add color and texture to your yard.
  • Install a low fence to block the view of the condenser. You could use wood or masonry products to construct the fence and plant the perimeter with perennial or annual vegetables and flowers. Such a fence will hide the condenser from the street to help prevent copper theft.
  • A wooden structure with plenty of ventilation and a solid roof will hide the condenser. If you use a heat pump, such a shelter will keep the snow off the condenser, improving its ability to supply wintertime heat.
  • A permanent structure will also protect it from strong winds and hail. You might be able to blend the structure into your home’s exterior by matching some of the architectural features from your home’s elevation.


All air conditioning and heat pump condensers need at least three feet of space around them and four to five feet of clearance at the top. Without ample airflow, the condenser won’t cool the hot refrigerant from your home as quickly and the whole system will work harder, driving up energy costs.

Clean fins and coils also improve efficiency. As you move forward with your design, plan a ground cover around the condenser that’s similar to those used in xeriscaped yards that require little maintenance, like crushed gravel, bricks, or concrete pavers.

Landscaping and fencing will hide the condenser from view and won’t harm your system as long as it’s done properly. To learn more, contact C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning, providing trusted HVAC services for Middletown homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about landscaping and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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