Help, my room is too hot! There are many reasons that one room in your home may feel much warmer than any of the others. Thankfully, plenty of easy solutions can help to keep you cool. Our cooling experts have provided some insight on the common problems (and solutions) for hot rooms:
Lack of Airflow or Ventilation
A lack of airflow is one of the main reasons a room feels too hot. Improper ventilation can contribute to the creation of hot, low-quality air. Without at least a ceiling fan to help circulate air, your room may feel stifled and stagnant. Consider installing a ceiling fan or other oscillating stand fans to help get air moving.
Try this: create a cross-breeze by opening both a door and a window or by using two box fans in opposite windows, one facing out and one facing in. Use an oscillating stand fan to create a slight breeze, and keep cool while working with a more direct desktop fan.
Small Room Overheats With Electronics In Use
All electronics and appliances that utilize electrical energy will produce heat to some extent. Turn off or unplug any electronic devices that are not in use, including computers and even cell phone chargers. Use a small desktop fan to help keep your computer from overheating and to create a comfortable breeze to improve working conditions.
Try this: instead of turning on multiple lamps, utilize natural sunlight as much as possible during the day. Swap out your standard incandescent bulbs for newer, compact fluorescents that generate much less heat, or consider investing in solar-powered lighting.
Diminished Cooling Capabilities Due to Leaks
Do you have one room that always feels warmer than the others, despite the fact that your AC unit seems to be in good shape? According to EnergyStar.gov, air leakage could be the problem. Check for leaks around window AC units and repair with foil tape or foam. If that does not help, ask HVAC energy specialists to examine your ductwork for leaks or design issues.
My Room is Too Hot in the Afternoons
All homes have different zones that will heat and cool differently due to outside influences. This includes the amount of direct shade and sun that each room receives. Although importing a fully-grown tree may not be practical, consider how landscaping could help. For example, evergreen trees and bushes come in a variety of sizes and colors. Alternatively, consider adding a trellis nearby and letting vines grow.
Here are more ways to lessen the amount of direct sunlight your room receives:
• Attach a small overhang to your window
• Invest in tinted window films
• Utilize light-colored, lightweight curtains instead of dark or heavy drapes
• Replace standard window blinds with thick, insulated blinds
• Install window shades