There are solutions to easily conceal the outdoor unit of your heat pump. But before any operation, precautions must be taken to ensure the proper functioning of your equipment. Follow the leader!
It is possible to hide the outdoor unit of your heat pump without affecting its proper functioning.
You have installed a heat pump in your house, but find that the outdoor unit is detrimental to the aesthetics of your exterior. Do not panic, solutions exist to camouflage it.
1. The heat pump cover, the most practical solution
The easiest way to hide the outdoor unit of your equipment is to opt for a heat pump cover. Specially designed to match the shape of your heat pump’s outdoor unit, these covers do not interfere with its operation. Thanks to their metal structure and aluminum panels, they are very light and maintain the aeronautics of your equipment.
👉 Small bonus: they can be personalized in the colors of your choice and are easily removable to be transported during a move.
🔎 How to make your own heat pump cover?
To make a heat pump cover, we advise you to opt for wooden slats resistant to external aggressions. Measure the outdoor unit of your heat pump and add 50 centimeters on each side, to allow air to circulate easily around the motor and the fan. Then make four frames, spacing the slats to let the air circulate, then screw them together to create a chest. Protect the wood with a stain or paint suitable for outdoor use, and install the frame around your equipment. Remember to slightly raise your cover from the ground so that rainwater does not reach it, and to fix it so that it does not fly away.
2. The green wall: the charming asset to hide your heat pump
If you have a green thumb, you can opt for a green wall to hide your heat pump. For this, make sure to respect a minimum distance of 1 meter from your equipment. This distance is essential for good air circulation.
3. The trellis, a plant alternative
What if you placed a trellis at a reasonable distance from your CAP? In wood or metal, it is a decorative element that adapts perfectly to your exterior. Depending on your tastes, you can leave it bare or climb a pretty plant to dress it up.
4. A mosaic wall to hide your heat pump
If the soul of an artist lies dormant in you, you can make a mosaic wall to hide your heat pump. To do this, be sure to respect a minimum distance of at least 1 meter from the outdoor unit to erect your low wall, and then let your imagination run wild.
5. The screen: a lower-cost solution
A wooden or metal screen can be a good solution to hide your heat pump. Light, easy to handle, and inexpensive, it blends perfectly into your exterior. Just remember to secure it to the ground to prevent it from blowing away in the slightest breeze.
What precautions should you take to conceal your heat pump?
Before installing your heat pump cover, it is necessary to take several precautions. Indeed, an unsuitable cover or one located too close to the outdoor unit can cause several inconveniences. The device’s energy performance has deteriorated, your electricity consumption is soaring and above all, the device’s warranty is no longer valid.
To ensure the proper functioning of your equipment, Fabrizio Testa, President Founder, and Designer of Aircond-Cover gives us his advice:
- respect the air flows of your heat pump to ensure compliance with its coefficient of performance (COP);
- avoid obstructing the back of your outdoor unit;
- always keep a minimum distance of at least 1 meter between the outdoor unit and your cover;
- do not put materials that are too thick in contact with your heat pump to preserve the air passages.