Surprise! I'm an Air Conditioner Compressor Killer
Let's face it. Some ideas are just plain stupid. The photo below shows one of them. The product description† says, "Use to decoratively cover up A/C units..." Yes, they include heat pumps, too. What do you think will happen if you put that over the condensing unit of your air conditioner?
Now, I understand the desire to make things look nice. I have a wife who loves it when I zhoozh (one of those words that's meant to be heard, not written, and therefore can be spelled however I want) the pillows on the sofa and who is eternally hopeful that men (or at least this particular man) will one day be able to see the difference between clear and muddy colors.
But really — A decorative cover for your air conditioner?! That's just insane.
Seems like I just went through something similar with my article about condensers in attics and garages, but I guess it bears repeating.
Your AC's condensing unit dumps the heat from your home into the outside air.
To work at the proper rate and efficiency, it requires a certain amount of air flow.
This cover will restrict air flow.
If the condenser gets too little air, the compressor could overheat and die.
You don't want that to happen to your compressor, do you?
† I hate to give out the link to the website where you can buy this atrocity, but I assume you'll use it only to satisfy your curiosity and not to buy one for your air conditioner. Right? Promise? OK, you can find it at a place called Menards.