Hide your Air Conditioner

An air-conditioner is one of those really ugly things that you can't live without (especially in India). Whether it is a row of ghastly boxes on an office building or one in your own home, most of us don't pay much attention to how it looks.

I once read an article somewhere about how Monaco (I'm quite sure it was Monaco, but could be wrong) requires its citizens to cover their AC grille with something a little more aesthetic. The photo accompanying the article showed a lovely lattice work box covering the ugly monster. What a great idea!

I live in a heritage house where due to lack of wall space, the AC compressor sits on our wooden verandah looking like something from Orwell's 1984. It's huge. And ugly.

Monaco has come to mind and luckily, the internet has lots of similar ideas. All I need to do now is find a carpenter who will build me a screen like one of these. The New York magazine found some other alternatives.

Do you have any creative solutions for hiding your AC?

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Rain said...

It is so easy in the modern world to take air conditioning for granted. With the advances in technology is now virtually unheard of for air conditioning not to be used in any public building. Anywhere where potential customers are being courted for their business, it would be very unwise to leave them in a state of extreme discomfort, due to the failure to keep the building's facilities in line with the competition. In government buildings, failure to maintain a comfortable environment would reflect extremely badly on those who are responsible for the upkeep of the building and, by association, the department that utilizes it.

Mark J. Harman said...

If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired.

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