Are you tired of seeing your A/C unit in your beautiful garden or patio? Want to hide that ‘less than attractive’ pool equipment? Cover up that unsightly house equipment with an outdoor wood louver AC unit screen. The screen is robust, but it can be lifted out of the way if work is required on the unit.
Wood louvered screen with decorative trellis.
The cedar slats are angled to give a louvered look and allow for essential air flow to the A/C unit.
You’ll need to evaluate the size of screen needed for your equipment and area. The plans allow for about 1 foot clearance around my unit. Adjust the plans for your area A/C unit requirements. The more clearance the better for air flow to the air conditioning condenser.
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A few notes about the build:
I decided to use pressure treated lumber for the frame, hoping it will last longer being outside. I used 1/2″ thick cedar pickets for the louver slats, since cedar is more durable outside.
If you want the cedar louver slats smooth, it’s best to sand them before assembly. The pressure treated lumber doesn’t need sanding.
I found it easiest to assemble the louver part of the screen upside down, and work from the ‘bottom up’. Otherwise there isn’t a lot of room for the drill to put in the pocket hole screws 🙂
The wood louver AC unit screen plans are designed to be built in 3 panels. Once the 3 panels are assembled and finished, then assemble them together around the equipment. This is the front panel assembled but unfinished.
To help the wood be more durable outside I used waterproofing stain (Thompson’s Water Seal in traditional brown). I’ve had this stain for a while, I’m not sure it’s still available, but a similar product is available.
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Jaime Costiglio says
Amy you must have esp because this exact project is on my list. I’m dealing with sloped ground so that’s no fun but I love your design and finish.
Thanks Jaime! Oh I don’t envy building with sloped ground. I can’t wait to see what you make, your projects are always stunning.
Kathleen Rupp says
GREAT PROJECT! I have just been talking to my husband about our ugly hvac unit on our patio and how I want to do something about it. You have inspired me with a gorgeous wood cover/screen! I am pinning and tweeting:). Thanks so much for sharing your project at the linky party. Glad I found your site and another woodworker!!
the cape on the corner says
love the look of this. great idea!
So how did you determine the angle of the louvered and hold it in position while you screwed into the frame?
In step 1 https://www.buildsomething.com/plans/P7A40D06665F7D8FC/Louvered-Screen-for-AC-UnitsPool-Equipment
I marked different measurements along the posts, these are to line up the louvers and make them angled. I just held the louvers in place while I attached them with the pocket hole screws.
Cedric de La Beaujardiere says
Nice design, thank you for sharing, my wife’s client is going to use it for their AC that the city said needed to be visible in the backyard instead of hidden in the narrow side yard…
Does this noticeably reduce the perceived sound of your running unit or is it a negligible difference?
No it doesn’t seem to help much with sound.
Cedric de La Beaujardiere says
Thank you! still beautiful an any case.