Air Conditioning units are not very pretty to look at so I wanted to create a screen to hide mine. I will eventually extend it to hide all the pool equipment as well. I found these cool PVC panels and knew they would be perfect for this project. They should withstand the weather really well and allow for good ventilation for the air conditioner. I also grabbed some 4 x 4 and 2 x 2 pieces made out of red wood for the frame.
I cut everything down to size. I added a few pocket holes to the cross pieces and used outdoor screws. I also decided to route out a groove for the panel to sit inside. Now to assemble I used DAP glue to the bottom piece and then screwed it into place with the groove facing up. I sandwiched the panel in between with the top piece and also added cleats to create a more finished look. I didn't glue the top piece in the case I need to go back and remove the panel. To ensure the AC unit still had enough room to ventilate there is a foot of space between the unit and the fence and a lot of holes for air to still flow. You don't want to install a privacy screen too close or without holes for ventilation because it will restrict airflow to the unit, making the unit work harder to keep the house cool.