Cooling a Room: Top 10 Tips for Creating the Optimum Environment

Some simple steps for cooling a room. Here are short pointers to guide you on efficiently to cooling a room and using the right equipment for your application.

  1.      Cross ventilation can go a long way. Let air into a room through an “inlet” window or doorway, open internal doors and finally let the air escape out via “outlet” window and doors.   Logically placed windows, doors, and fans significantly aid in regulating airflow through a room. Also placing a fan in front of an inlet window or a fan facing outward of an outlet window is a great way to help move cooler outside air through your room. A concept which naturally seems counter-intuitive compared to a fan placed in busy zones, can actually prove to be more effective.building ventilation
  2.    Opening windows at night creates a cooler house during the day. Depending on your climate zone, temperatures significantly drop at night-time which creates a natural opportunity of which to take advantage.
  3.    Curtains and blinds. Blocking heat rays through shutters or curtains is an often overlooked. It can help to keep the sun and heat out of the room and the cool air in.
  4.    If you are using air conditioning close off rooms you’re not using. The less air to cool the better. But if you are not using air conditioning then actually you might need to open internal doors to allow the passage of air through open windows on different sides of the building.
  5.    Destratification fans are a low-cost and money-saving alternative. Thermal stratification is perhaps the single biggest waste of energy in buildings today in the heating season. And in the cooling season destratification fans can help by mixing and moving internal air in a building. Using a destratification fan in conjunction with open windows aids in regulating an optimum airflow throughout the room.
  6.    Find the right size air conditioning unit for your application. Bigger is not always better! You run the risk of damaging your unit through ‘short-cycling’  and on the other hand a unit too small for the application will run the risk of loosing effectiveness because it is working so hard that the condensate on the cooling coil freezes preventing the passage of air through the coil.
  7.    Keep the AC thermostat at a reasonable set temperature between 19° to 22°C which will not only help conserve energy, but will work to cool a room a lot more efficiently than at a lower temperature.
  8.    Keep your unit up to scratch. Checking filters and coils can ensure your unit is working to its optimum output.
  9.    Remember to turn the unit off when the ambient temperature becomes more bearable. Running it constantly not only costs more in terms of energy but will also shorten the life of the unit.
  10.    Keep the thermostat away from appliances such as TVs or computers as it will pick up their heat radiation and keep the unit running longer than necessary.

Range of systems appropriate for cooling a room

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Window Air Conditioners

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Wall Mounted Air Conditioners

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Mobile Air Conditioner

Pros:

  • Generally the cheaper option.

Cons:

  • More noisy than a split air conditioner
  • Cannot be used in very thick walls

 

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Again, generally a cheaper option with a similar price
  • A self-contained unit that is easy to install and indeed replace

Cons:

  • Usually fairly limited in cooling capacity

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Very portable. Can wheeled around
  • No installation hassle

Cons:

  • Bulky, and can be in the way in very small applications
  • Can be quite noisy
  • Sometimes need condensate reservoir to be manually emptied

 

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Destratification fans

45W industrial wall mounted fan

Wall mounted oscillating fans

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Open windows and doors

Pros:

  • Energy saving in the heating season
  • Helps to move air about in a room in cooling season
  • Can help to move fresh air into a room

Cons:

  • Does not produce cold air

 

 

Pros:

  • Fresh air is always nice
  • Cross ventilation is a free and surprisingly effective

Cons:

  • Dependant on airflow and temperature outside
  • Does not produce cold air
  • Potential security and safety issues

 

If you have any further questions about cooling a room, feel free to contact our UK office for further information on 0845 6880112 or visit us on our website.