If you’ve been toying with the idea of adding a ductless heating and cooling system to your home, but have been put off by the somewhat boring looks of the units themselves, you are not alone. In fact, one of the biggest hurdles the industry has to overcome is how to make the units look more appealing to homeowners. After all, comfort at the cost of beauty is not very comfortable at all.
Luckily, clever home décor experts have come up with several ways you can help diminish the bulky looks of ductless units. Whichever method or methods you choose to employ, remember that to be safe and effective, the units cannot be covered, painted, or blocked by furniture. Also, the higher on the wall they are hung, the more you will enjoy their benefits.
Sometimes the best way to hide something is in plain sight. Like an Easter egg lying in the grass, a ductless wall unit placed near the ceiling of a large room may not draw the eye as much as you imagine. When hung as if it is resting on a shelf, tucked into an architectural recess, or in the space above a window, you may find that it isn’t noticeable at first glance.
Because ductless units need to be placed high on the wall, you may also consider adding tall pieces of furniture on either side of one, and a shorter piece below it. Just be sure to match the width of the furniture with the width of the heating and cooling unit. Try adding a tall vase or other decorative item to the shorter piece, to create a deliberate focal point.
If you’ve been reading closely, you know it’s a no-no to paint ductless HVAC units. But, the good news is that they come in a selection of colors, which your industry certified technicians may be able to order for you. So, in the interests of being color coordinated, there is no reason why you can’t buy wall paint to match your unit. For some reason, a blue unit on a blue wall looks better than a white unit on a white wall.
Don’t Forget the Exterior Component
Ductless heating and cooling units don’t work alone. They are part of a system, and the main component is installed outside of your home. It is smaller than a typical furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump, but no more beautiful. How to hide it, while still allowing free air flow and easy access? Consider planting a simple hedge or installing a picket fence around it. The fence can be painted to match your house, or you could plant climbing flowers at its base.
By choosing ductless HVAC units over a traditional heating and cooling system, you can save money on energy costs. Having the units installed in discreet locations throughout your home, or painting your walls to match the units, are two methods that you can use to ensure your home is as beautiful as it is comfortable.