Landscaping is one way to make sure that your HVAC unit is completely hidden when it is placed outside of your home. Most HVAC units are not pretty and are particularly not something that homeowners want to showcase, however, when starting the landscape process around your unit there are some things to keep in mind.

1. Leave the Proper Spacing 

Make sure to leave adequate space between the unit and your plants to avoid a restriction of air flow to the coils of your unit. If you plant anything too close to the coil, it can cause damage. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 12 inches of space on all sides of your unit. 

2. Make the Most of the Shade 

In addition to hiding the outdoor unit with landscaping, it can also improve its efficiency. Shade cast on the unit will help keep the temperature down, so it does not have to work as hard to cool your home.

3. Choose the Right Plants

There are an endless amount of plant options to use as decor around your air conditioner, but it is most beneficial to look for plants that do not lose their leaves during the colder months. This reduces the amount of raking that you will do to clear the area of debris. Hedges are also a common choice as they can be trimmed to whatever shape and design you prefer. Make sure to frequently trim the plants, hedges, or trees as well- especially if they are near the unit to help maximize air flow and efficiency. 

4. Ask a Specialist 

If you have questions about outdoor units or just looking for suggestions – contact your local dealer at Long Air Conditioning to learn more about the unstoppable Trane products. Additionally, be sure to call your local utility company before any digging starts to avoid damaging any underground wiring. 


The experts at Long Air Conditioning can help from maintenance to unit replacement and so much more. For any other inquiries please call 936-756-5645 or visit longac.com.