How To Disguise Different Types Of Aircon Units

From window-types to split-types, we'll help you keep these eyesores out of sight

Original Article: Cecile Jusi-Baltasar Photography: Remodelaholic (Main Photo)

Air-conditioning units, while very functional, just aren't pleasing to the eyes. It can take away from the beauty of your home—especially when you own tower-types or cooling fans. To keep them from being too distracting, here's how to cleverly conceal those unsightly cooling agents in your home.

1. Window-type: Put them in "cages"

Consider having cages built—actually wooden slated screens—for taller air-conditioners. The diagonal slats make the cages look less like a prison cell without obstructing the airflow. 

2. Split-type: Build shelves around it

If you can't hide it, use it. Put up horizontal shelves around the AC. You can also add a slatted sliding door in front of the unit to effectively disguise it.

3. Tower: Use a stand-alone divider

When the room is cool enough, place an accordion divider in front of the tower AC. Since the AC unit will probably be in a corner or against the wall, the divider won't be in the way, either. 

4. Portable AC: Indoor plants 

Portable AC units are not that big, so it will be easy to hide them behind indoor plants, say, potted palms or ficus. 

This snippet originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. 

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