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How to Camouflage a Mini-Split Unit


When you install a ductless mini-split unit, you are probably focused on the energy efficiency, not necessarily on how it looks. These units are designed to be discreet and blend in with your home’s exterior and interior. But if you don’t like the aesthetic and it sticks out like a sore thumb, don’t worry! We’re here to help.
We’ll provide some creative ways for how to camouflage a mini-split unit. And if you have any questions, be sure to contact Wattson Home Solutions and ask our energy engineer team. We would be happy to help!

How Can I Make My Mini-Split Look Better?
If you chose to install a ductless mini-split as an energy-efficient alternative to the traditional HVAC system, you made a great choice! But, if you’re wondering how to make the unit look better, there are a few creative interior design tricks you can try.

Consider hanging a false beam across the top of the unit, which can help disguise it as part of the architecture. Or try building a built-in bookcase around the mini-split. You’ll disguise your AC unit and get some built-in storage; win-win!

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You can create a recessed area above a window or door, like in the image above. Can you spot the mini split??
Finally, a wall-mounted unit can give the illusion that it’s floating, which can be a very sleek and modern look. You can make your mini-split look much more attractive by using one or more of these interior design tricks.
Can a Mini-Split Be Painted?
One of the best things about ductless mini-splits is that they can be easily painted to blend in with your home’s interior or exterior. Whether you want your unit to blend in with your home’s outdoor siding or go unnoticed on an interior wall, a fresh coat of paint can give your ductless mini-split a new look.
And since these units are so easy to install, you can even paint them yourself! So if you’re looking for a way to improve your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and give your space a fresh new look, consider painting your ductless mini-split.

Can Mini-Split Units Be Hidden?

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While mini-split units are designed to be unobtrusive, there are several ways to ensure that they are hidden from view. One option is to install the outdoor unit in a location that is not visible from the street or neighbor’s windows. When that isn’t an option, many homeowners choose to enclose the outdoor unit in a decorative casing, such as a lattice screen or trellis. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your mini-split unit is hidden from view.

Can You Cover a Mini-Split Condenser?
The condenser is a mini-split system’s outdoor unit, typically located on a concrete pad or metal stand. While the condenser is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, you may still want to cover it during severe weather or hide it from sight.
A custom cover can be made to fit over the condenser, and it can help to protect the unit from dirt, dust, and debris. Some covers even have built-in fans that circulate air around the condenser, helping to keep it cool and prevent corrosion. Whether you choose to cover your condenser is up to you, but doing so can help to prolong its lifespan.

Mini-Split Cover Ideas
There are a few options available if you’re looking for ways to camouflage your mini-split. One option is to build a wooden frame around the unit and then cover it with fabric. This can be done using various materials, such as canvas, burlap, or even quilted fabric.
Another option is to purchase a pre-made cover that fits snugly around the unit. These covers are usually made of weather-resistant material and come in various colors and designs. You can find mini split covers at most hardware stores. Whatever route you choose, ensure the cover is adequately ventilated to prevent overheating.

How to Decorate Around Mini-Splits
Mini-splits are a great way to cool your home without needing a bulky and unsightly air conditioner. However, the outdoor unit can be an eyesore in your yard or garden. Here are a few ways to address this problem and how to decorate the outdoor unit.

Build a Wooden Frame Around It
You can build a frame around the unit using wood or other materials if you are handy and creative. Add some stain to the wooden frame to give it a more finished look and help it blend in with your other outdoor décor.

Build A Wall For Planters and Greenery
Add a stone wall or cement block planter wall to add some greenery surrounding the outside of the unit. This will not only improve its appearance but also help filter the air that the system circulates.

Place an Iron Trellis or Lattice Around It
An iron trellis or lattice screen can quickly be built around the AC unit. You can plant vines and other greenery to create a visually appealing addition to your home.
Whatever approach you take, remember the unit can’t be completely enclosed as it needs airflow to function correctly. With a little creativity, you can find an attractive way to integrate your mini-split into your landscape.

Call Us About Your Mini-Split
If you’re looking for a company that can help you with your energy needs and home insulation projects, contact Wattson Home Solutions. We can help you with everything from ductless mini-splits to questions about your energy usage. We’re here to help you save money and energy, so contact us to make an appointment today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and help you find the best solution for your needs.