If your home is a castle, then your backyard is an oasis. Is it filled with swing sets and soccer nets? Maybe you have a cute doghouse or rose garden that is the envy of the neighborhood in Cary or Garner. Throughout the Raleigh Triangle area, there are few simple pleasures more refreshing than a family cookout with burgers sizzling on the grill and a huge glass of refreshing sweet tea.
Your heating and air conditioning system doesn’t have to be an eyesore and ruin picture perfect landscaping. There are several simple, do-it-yourself ideas that can dramatically improve the curb appeal of your HVAC.
If you need a dose of inspiration, take a look at some of these eye-catching elements:
A nice, freshly painted white lattice keeps the unit from view but still allows ventilation and easy, unrestricted access for technicians. If, for some reason, the lattice screen has to be removed temporarily, it’s not a major undertaking because the screens can be easily connected with zip ties. You can even select latticework with intricate panels in a wide variety of colors.
2. A picket fence
Nothing screams Americana like a classic picket fence, perhaps even decorated with a small family name plate. It’s a simple, clean design that will complement any patio décor.
Want a cheaper alternative? Paint a shipping pallet and stand it upright, adding a splash of green with a flowering vine, as long as it doesn’t interfere with HVAC access.
3. Wooden panels
These can be tailored to match your design theme. For an Asian vibe, you can make your Raleigh backyard a Zen garden by using a bamboo screen . If you’re more environmentally conscious, you can “upcycle” old shutters, painting them and giving a “shabby chic” feel to your garden area.
What is art? Andy Warhol famously said that “art is what you can get away with.” Depending upon your taste, you may wish to use abstract metal sculptures and screens to hide your HVAC. Modern art creates sleek, polished lines that create an interesting conversation piece.
Remember, art doesn’t have to be bizarre or strange to be considered “modern.”
Simply find a complementary piece that speaks to you. There are hundreds of local Triangle artists who would be happy to show samples of their work.
5. Guide eyes somewhere else
Another option is to direct the eyes to another location by installing a lovely bricked path, planting a flowering tree, or putting a sitting bench in your backyard.
HVAC beautification isn’t always in the eye of the beholder
If you’re in need of HVAC repair, the last thing you need is for the technician to have difficulty getting to the unit.
When covering your HVAC unit, not just any design is acceptable. It’s vital to remember how it works to avoid any décor that will interfere with its function. Allow plenty of room for ventilation because the unit generates heat. Be aware of any HOA or other regulations. Your technician can also give extensive information on the manufacturer’s safety recommendations
Here are some ideas you should reconsider:
Bushes and large shrubs
Not only can these block access to your HVAC, but they are “dirt magnets.”
Roses, holly, or other plants with thorns or sharp leaves
This should be a no-brainer. No one wants scrapes and scratches when inspecting the unit.
You have this beautiful stone mosaic that would perfectly complement your patio furniture. Not so fast. Be sure that these structures can be removed if needed. You don’t want to have to replace both your HVAC AND your new décor.
No shortage of great ideas to hide an ugly HVAC
There are several resources online to help you find the perfect match that will both cover your HVAC and reflect your personality and style. Pinterest and home improvement internet sites have a wealth of information.
Betcha didn’t know that!