Tips for Landscaping Around Your Air Conditioning Unit

Get tips for landscaping around your outdoor central air conditioning unit, from Trane.

Since some homeowners consider outdoor central air conditioning units to be an eyesore, it’s common to conceal them with strategically planted landscaping. A few plants or hedges will not only hide the unit from view, they can also make your air conditioner run more efficiently. Read on for a few tips you can use when planning landscaping around your air conditioning unit.


When planning the landscaping around you’re A/C unit, you want to leave adequate space between the unit and your plants, to avoid restricting airflow around the coils. Make sure plants are at least 2-3 feet from the air conditioning unit on all sides, and plan the landscaping so that the air conditioner is easily accessible for maintenance and repairs. If you have trees or other plants growing above the unit, trim regularly to keep a 5 foot clearance between them and the air conditioner.


In addition to making the area look more natural, landscaping around your air conditioner can actually help improve its efficiency. Shade cast on the air conditioner keeps the temperature down, so the unit doesn’t have to work as hard to cool your home.

Types of plants

There are a lot of plant options to choose from when planning landscaping around your air conditioner. If possible, look for plants that don’t lose their leaves during the colder months. This will reduce the amount of sweeping and raking you do to keep the area clear of debris. There are a few different options when it comes to hiding the air conditioner with plants. Hedges are a common choice, and can be trimmed to the desired shape and height. Building a lattice around the A/C unit and landscaping with climbing plants is also a relatively simple and attractive option.

Whatever landscaping options you choose, make sure to trim plants, hedges and trees near the air conditioner regularly to maximize airflow and efficiency. If you have any questions about your air conditioning unit, or are looking for additional tips for landscaping around an air conditioner, contact your local Trane Comfort Specialist today.