Clever Place to Hide an A/C Unit

There’s got to be better places to store an air conditioner than where a transom should be or hanging out a window, right? What about a flower box disguise?


You can barely notice it (unless you’re really tall, I suppose).
What do you think?


7 thoughts on “Clever Place to Hide an A/C Unit

  1. katherinejlegry says:

    I like the look of the flower box over the air conditioning unit, but I have a technical question. I recently had a tankless water heater maintenance man tell me to clear the fauna away from the steam-exhaust outlet as it can cause the release to go back into the house, actually. The fern wasn’t touching the exhaust vent, but he said it was still a good idea to have an open space. Are cooling systems different? Thanks.

    • Daniel says:

      I have no real expertise, but I was thinking the same thing basically. I guess it depends on how dense the plants are, but you don’t want to block that warm air exhaust because if it can’t get out, the air that’s getting sucked in from the house won’t have anywhere to go. So I think the efficiency would suffer depending on the degree that the outlet is blocked too. But maybe they take the planter down on days when it’s running and just use it to hide the unit when it’s not running?

      • katherinejlegry says:

        Thanks for responding to my question as best you could, Daniel. I guess, if the planter box was removed on days it is running and set below the unit, the water condensation could drip down on the plants… 🙂
        Maybe the planter box could be constructed with a small bamboo lattice type screen or the equivalent with enough distance from the exhaust, setting the the plants on the sides and a low hanging one in front? (so it doesn’t have to be removed)

        • Daniel says:

          Oh, yeah, that lattice idea is an even better idea. Just trim any growth occasionally to make sure it stays far enough away to not impede the exhaust, and you’ve got a (proverbial) stew going! Also, excellent idea with the condensate. You could just run a little condensate hose right to the planter and water your plants with the humidity that you’ve rid your home of. That’s like the regenerative braking of the HVAC world!

          • katherinejlegry says:

            Gosh thanks, Daniel… 🙂 I never thought I’d have fun talking about air conditioning units… LOL.
            I found myself looking at air conditioning units on my walks now and I can report they are all cleared of fauna. I realize I could easily google the info on this but it was more interesting to problem solve it this way. Thanks for indulging me. I suppose it’s all about patents for the new HVAC world as you and I have discovered these improvements, because now I’m thinking about solar panels on top to save on energy bill costs. Have a good day. 🙂 And regards to the author of this post. Thanks for caring about heritage architecture!

  2. Melanie S. says:

    That’s a great design. As long as there is sufficient space between the unit and plants to avoid any complications of functionality, it seems like a very good way to update. And, although central air is nice, installation can mean a lot of damage to the interior walls and trim. Anytime an owner can safely incorporate modern convenience without compromising the historic integrity and beauty of the property, I’m all for it.

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