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Ways to deal with/hide 60s building heating/AC units.

Linda PinskerDecember 31, 2012
Greetings, Houzzers. I will be moving into a highrise condo unit in a few months and I'm scouring Houzz for ideas, including good ones for the fan coil units that supply heating and cooling. Removing them is not an option. The control and blower are on the top so must remain uncovered. I've thought of the usual rad cover with perforated metal on top but would love to hear others' ideas. There's one in the living room and one in the bedroom. Thanks in advance!
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Aja Mazin
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 11:39AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Here is a link to a Houzz search. Most cover the top, which won't work in your case, but there are a few that don't or do it differently and it might work.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:20PM
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This is probably going to sound weird, but here goes....get an old dresser or chest that is slightly bigger than unit. Cut the back off and slide it to cover the unit. You would have to just adhere or nail the drawer front to the base and disassemble the actual drawers of course. Then remove the top of the dresser, and make long slatted openings or holes of some sort. Hinge it back on for opening to adjust heat/air controls. If you didn't want to use the dresser top, you could find something else that could be hinged or slid. Maybe out of a different material other than wood, but that would be lightweight enough to be easily opened.
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Linda Pinsker
Deborah Butler, thank you. I have seen some of these pics but many are new to me.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:46PM
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Linda Pinsker
Mpoulsom, not weird at all. I think it's creative! One thing I didn't mention in my original post was that I have to be able to move any cover away to access the condensation overflow pan on the bottom, and when the building maintenance people do maintenance. So I'd be looking for a light weight dresser. ;-)
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:48PM
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ok cool....if you got one with short legs on it, you may be able to still remove tray at bottom??? Not sure though? Put an area rug in front of it and add 2 chairs on each side?? :)
I haven't really investigated this sort of situation before. Just off the top of my head, but if I run across something else, I'll be sure to tell you about it! Happy New Year!
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:59PM
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Two very useful comments above; may I offer a third one. Especially if you are renting and don't want to improve the r
Real Estate at your expense. In the living room I would place a sofa in front of it and have it flanked by floor to ceiling drapes. In the bedroom I would buy a nice dresser or dressing table(small mirror is the key) and place it in front of it - again flanked by drapes.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:12PM
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dressing tables
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:13PM
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    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:14PM
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hey...a couple of pics i found...maybe adjusted to your style and for the function you need..
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:15PM
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one more... :)
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:16PM
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Aja Mazin
Take care!

You are going to cut the needed airflow with some of your suggestions.

Also, sofa and drapes will soon be soiled

Clean it up and learn to live with it because come next summer, you won't be able to live without it.

When not in use, lean a large painting or mirror in front of it.

Also large, leafy potted plants help.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:21PM
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Linda Pinsker
So many good ideas. Thank you so much! Happy New Year!
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 3:14PM
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