DIY AC Screening Project

Attractive DIY AC Screening Project

Air-Smart, Inc is in the business of servicing your AC. As such, we would like to share some thoughts regarding plant landscaping placed too close to the AC condenser and decorative DIY AC screening.

Have you considered installing a decorative screen around your AC condenser? There are several styles of decorative screening that look very nice.

In most areas building codes prohibit AC condensers to be located in the front yard but do allow them to be placed in the side or rear yards. AC condensers are mechanical equipment and after all, who wants to look at mechanical equipment in the front yard?

When considering landscaping around your AC condenser, please follow this simple rule: Plants and landscaping should not be any closer than 1 foot away (minimum) from your AC condenser.

In truth, there really should be more room left around the AC condenser unless you don’t mind the service tech stepping on your plants. Even when plants are placed at least one foot away from the AC condenser, there is no way of servicing the unit without some collateral plant damage. There has to be enough room to work on the unit. 

The same holds true for the DIY decorative screening placed around AC condensers. Many times there is not enough room left for the service tech to work on the unit. 


 I see the gate in the photo above but even with the gate, the rest of the decorative covering is built so closely around the AC condenser that the service tech would have to be like Houdini to even get between the decorative shielding and the AC condenser – and then try to work on it.

Another issue with decorative covering is cutting off airflow. AC condensers need A LOT of airflow. They draw air in from all four sides and then blow it out of the top of the unit.

These slats in the picture above are so close that they will not allow enough airflow either in or out of the decorative shielding and will cause the unit not only to perform poorly but it will also fail prematurely.

If you build a DIY AC condenser screen, please remember:

  1. The AC technician who has to service and repair the unit, allowing ample room for servicing,
  2. Allow for LOTS of free air flow in and out of the unit.

If you have any questions about how close is too close or any other questions, please do not hesitate to call Air-Smart. We will gladly answer any questions you may have.

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