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Camouflage Your Air Conditioner

Don’t let your air conditioner break the family budget or be an eye sore in your backyard.  Try one of these affordable solutions to improve the view and keep your air conditioner running smoothly.

Structures, trellises with vines or plantings can help improve the view and shade your air conditioner so it runs efficiently, reducing energy consumption by as much as 10%. 

Strategically planted shade trees and shrubs can help your air conditioner run more efficiently and shade your home further increasing your energy efficiency.

Decorative fencing or a trellis with vines can provide screening when space is limited. 

Use a few strategically placed plants to improve the view.  Ornamental grasses and perennials can add color.  Look for those suited to your growing conditions.

Not only does it look better, but shading your air conditioner and leaving plenty of room for airflow helps it run more efficiently.

A bit more information:  Plant shade trees on the east and west side of your home to reduce energy absorbed through the window.  Large shade trees can reduce attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees and their shade can help air conditioners run 2 to 4% more efficiently.

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