One way of integrating a wall-hung AC unit into a room’s scheme is to have custom-built cabinetry fitted around it, so it becomes a part of the design. Open display shelves will distract from the bulky rectangular box, while a bespoke cover with gaps that offer good ventilation will hide the unit from view yet enable it to be remote controlled.
Tip: Check the manufacturer’s recommended distance between the unit and a cover if you’re covering up an AC unit.
It’s fair to say that ducted systems don’t stand out as much as wall-hung units, as the vents can be streamlined into ceilings, floors or walls. However, it’s still important to consider the position of the vent and the effect it has on a space. Will the vents dominate or distract from any important design features such as pendant lighting, for example?
Tucking the vents behind a false ceiling will disguise them completely while maximising their output. Popping a light up there also tricks the eye into thinking there’s natural sunlight flooding in and creates an appealing effect.
If the exterior AC unit is also an eyesore and cluttering up your outdoor area, then try shielding it from sight, and from sunlight to avoid chances of overheating. A simple lattice screen is an easy and low-cost way of obscuring any unsightly machinery.
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