The condenser is in direct sun from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. I have no trees for shade so I decided to build a shade screen in order to lessen the load on the unit and hopefully reduce my electric bill.
Keep three things in mind when laying out your plan: air circulation, air circulation and air circulation.
First, I wanted to keep any vertical shade cloth at least two feet away from the unit because air circulation is very important.
Second, I didn't concern myself with shading the top of the unit. I figure the fan blades are shading the north side somewhat. I didn't want to restrict circulation by building anything that would cover the top.
Third, the shade cloth on the sides does not extend to the ground and is breathable.
I think I came up with a design that offers maximum shade without obstructing circulation.
Thanks for checking out my instructable. I look forward to your feedback.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
4 - 10' lengths of 3/4” PVC pipe ($1.39 ea)
4 - 3/4” T's ($.39 ea)
6 - 3/4” 3-way 90 degree elbows (<$16 on ebay)
PVC Cleaner (optional)
PVC Cement (optional)
3 - 4' rebar ($2.65 ea)
1 - auger style anchor 1/2” x 15” x 4” ($4.99)
6' - 80% Shade Cloth – 6' wide ($2.05/ft)
14 Fabric clips to hold shade cloth ($.99 ea)
Several feet of wire (or bungee cords) for hold-down
Levels, 2' & 4'
Painters tape or duct tape
Pencil or marker
Saw or PVC cutter
Large (water pump) pliers (shown in Step 19 Pic 2)