Whether for security or beauty, using plants to hide AC units is a great solution. Here in Corpus Christi, where Tiger Heating & Air provides full home cooling service to homeowners and businesses, there are many great landscaping options for doing this.
When using plants to hide AC units, you want to keep plants at least 2 – 3 feet of spacing from the air conditioner.
An air conditioning unit needs some breathing room to do its job. If you put a plant too close to an outdoor unit, you obstruct proper airflow, which can cause problems.
Consider getting a potted plant. That way, if the plant grows too large or too close to your unit, you can easily move it rather than having to dig it up and replant further away.
Potted plants still need to be put at least 2-3 feet away from an air conditioner unit.
Do not put a potted plant directly on top of the unit itself.
Because you need a type of plant that will not cause problems for your nearby AC unit, you want to make sure you are getting the suitable variety.
Make sure that you don’t put mulch too closely around your AC. The coils should never be covered or buried under mulch.
There are many plants native to our area that would work wonderfully for backyard landscaping.
Lacey oak trees are also native to Texas and grow only about 2 or 3 feet tall. They can handle high heat and drought and create nice shade for an AC unit.
Turk’s cap is a beautiful option for landscaping in south Texas, but it grows quickly. While it can reach heights of 6 feet, it can also spread that wide. So be mindful of how close you plant one of these perennials to your AC unit.
There are other aesthetic ways to conceal an AC unit in your backyard. If you don’t have a green thumb or simply don’t want plants in that location, consider getting a trellis or lattice box around your unit.
While these can be placed closer to an AC unit than plants, you need to make sure there is still access to the AC. Do not cover up the unit so much that you or an AC repair technician can’t get to it for needed maintenance and repair.
Placing plants around your AC can help you hide it as well as make your backyard living space more beautiful. But there are other benefits to adding plants near your AC. Extra plants provide shading to your backyard and your AC unit. Proper placement of plants can provide needed relief from the sun’s heat, which can help your AC perform better.
Tiger Heating & Air has the team of AC repair experts here in Corpus Christi, TX. Our skilled HVAC technicians are trained to service any cooling system.