- Air conditioning units require a large component that often resides outside of the home
- A nice row of ornamental shrubs or a few larger bushes can hide the unit and give your yard a little extra greenery
- Make sure you schedule a yearly maintenance appointment with an HVAC company
Air conditioning units require a large component that resides outside of the home. These exterior units can be an eyesore, but luckily in Salt Lake City and Park City there are several ways you can hide or decorate the unit.
Some people opt to build a fence around their unit. You can coordinate colors and materials to match the fence to your home or office. The other option is landscaping: A nice row of ornamental shrubs or a few larger bushes can hide the unit and give your yard a little extra greenery. You might also choose from different types of long, decorative grass.
It is important to remember to place the fence or plants at least three feet from the unit in order to ensure proper airflow and space for service technicians. Though you may be tempted to cover the top of the unit with some kind of material, it is better to leave at least five feet free above the unit for safety and air circulation.
You might also want to decorate the unit’s base, the concrete that it sits on. If you choose to do so, it is better to use gravel or rocks. Mulch, though aesthetically pleasing, can get stuck in the unit, which can cause damage.
Throughout the year it is important to replace the air conditioner’s filter when it becomes full or too dirty. Take some time to clean the air conditioners coils, too. If you notice any leaks in the ducts, you can easily seal them with caulk or weather stripping. If you want to lower your bill, take some extra precautions such as setting any ceiling fans to turn counterclockwise so the cold air is pushed down. You can also close the curtains when the sun is shining too bright, which naturally keeps the room cooler. These steps allow the unit to work less and can extend its life.
Make sure you schedule a yearly maintenance appointment with an HVAC company. They will check the efficiency of your unit, look for leaks in the ducts, update system settings, and replenish the refrigerant. The levels of refrigerant must be maintained in order to optimize your air conditioner’s efficiency.