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

There are a few misconceptions when approaching the task of cooling a room, no matter the size. Here are short, several tips to guide you on efficiently cooling your room and using the right unit for the right application.

  1. Cross ventilation can go a long way. Regulate airflow in a room through air coming through an “inlet” window, which cools the room whilst picking up the hot air, and finally escaping out an “outlet” window. Logically placed windows, doors, and fans significantly aid in regulating airflow through a room. In detail, placing a fan in front of an inlet window, in addition to a fan facing outward of an outlet window is a great way to cool and regulate airflow. A concept which naturally seems counter-intuitive compared to a fan placed in busy zones, can actually prove to be more effective;
  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! Blocking heat rays through shutters or curtains is a commonly overlooked concept. It can aid in keeping the sun and heat out of the room- and the cool air in;
  4. Close off rooms you’re not using. The less to cool the better. This goes for air leaks that could occur from doors, windows, or ducts;
  5. Destratification fans are a low cost and money saving alternative. According to the HVAC research, stratification is the single biggest waste of energy in buildings today. Overheating or overcooling can be overcome by the process of mixing the internal air in a building to cut out stratified layers and get a temperature equalisation. Using a destratification fan in conjuction with open windows aids in regulating an optimum airflow throughout the room;
  6. Find the right size unit for your application. Bigger is not always better! You run the risk of damaging your unit through ‘short-cycling’ if not used in the right in cooling a room;
  7. Keep the AC thermostat at a reasonable temperature between 19° to 22°C which will not only help conserve energy, but will work to cool a room a lot more efficinetly 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. Running it constantly wont increase efficiency, and will also lead to wear and tear on 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 noisey than a split airconditioner
  • 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:

  • Difficult to install. Requires a hole in the wall

 

Pros:

  • Very portable. Can wheeled around
  • No installation hassle

Cons:

  • Bulky, and can be in the way in very small applications
  • Can be pricey

 

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Ceiling fans

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Destratification fans

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Good old fashioned windows

Pros:

  • Necessary tool to level air levels in a room
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Not the coldest option
Pros:

  • Fresh air is always nice
  • Cross ventillation is a free and suprisingly effective tool

Cons:

  • Dependant on airflow and temperature outside
  • Again, not the coldest option

 

If you have any further questions regarding how to cooling and your application, feel free to contact our UK office for further information on 0845 6880112 or visit us on our website.