Here’s yet another way to approach the topic of air conditioning. I always talk about all the technical stuff, but today I am hoping to let my readers know that not everything to do with air conditioning has to be just about fixing, maintaining or replacing them. Did you know that there are people out there who actually get kind of creative with their air conditioners and make them appear more decorative? For example, return air vents are usually covered by pretty standard, metallic grates, but what if that grate could be replaced with something more decorative? Some people spend thousands redecorating their homes, so why not take the extra step and replace an unsightly metal grate with something customized and attractive? There are many options available on the market with companies offering all sorts of custom designs to any interested homeowner. However, you can also turn it into a do it yourself project and make one yourself. You can repurpose something interesting into a unique, custom grate that will get the right kind of attention. Just make sure that you use something that will still allow adequate air flow into your system without blocking it. And of course, don’t just stop with the return air vents, you can also replace duct covers. People even come up with fun, creative ways to conceal thermostats if they happen to clash with other design elements on a wall. And, if your outdoor unit doesn’t add much to that coveted curb appeal, consider hiding it behind some decorative fencing or landscaping. I bet this is the last thing you expected me to talk about, so let’s hope that you were pleasantly surprised.
As always thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com