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Chris M Wanted a V-10

RDQ - cooling the house

So what's the better way to cool a room when you come home from work to a house that's like an oven?
Open a window wide, and stick a fan in the frame; should the fan blow cooler air from outside into the room, or should the fan be turned round and blow hot air from the room out through the open window?

(no conveyor belts are inovolved.....)
Big Blue

Open the windows in the front and the back of the house and one side should be shaded more than the other so there will be a pressure differential which causes a breeze.
Frank Bullitt

Try to avoid opening a window on the side the sun is shining from - we leave our curtains (white-backed) closed all day when we are out and then open the front curtains and Windows when we get home plus the rear Windows but leave the curtains closed until the sun is over the home behind - get windows open as much as possible overnight to shift heat build-up.

We should have shutters more or Windows that stay closed with shutters to the side.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Big Blue wrote:
Open the windows in the front and the back of the house and one side should be shaded more than the other so there will be a pressure differential which causes a breeze.

Yes but which way is the breeze blowing? front to back, or back to front???
Big Blue

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
Open the windows in the front and the back of the house and one side should be shaded more than the other so there will be a pressure differential which causes a breeze.

Yes but which way is the breeze blowing? front to back, or back to front???


Depends which way your house is pointing. We have plantation shutters at the front and rear upstairs and front downstairs with Venetian blinds downstairs rear. Keep the sun out to avoid solar gain then get Windows open as soon as you get home. If no Windows use OS X instead
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Front faces south
Big Blue

Front to back then.
TreVoR

We live on a hill so there is usually always a breeze.  I don't shut the curtains as the breeze is usually enough to counteract the solar gain and I hate living in the dark.
Big Blue

That's why we had shutters fitted, apart from not liking curtains. You can angle vanes to deflect the sun and let some light in.
TreVoR

Yeah, all the bedrooms have Venetian blinds in addition to curtains. We didn't bother with the living room.
Twelfth Monkey

Buy a portable air con unit.  We got a couple about 7-8 years ago, and whilst they aren't needed every year, when it's been like this, being able to go to sleep in a room that's been chilled for you is well worth it.
Roadsterstu

When you get home grab an ice cold drink, strip off and parade about the house in your undercrackers.
PG

I go and sit in our "cave" - a.k.a the horse tack room. It is one end of a building made of stone with an insulated ceiling to a loft above.  The window never gets direct sunlight. It is always pleasantly cool in summer and never freezing in winter.
BeN

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Buy a portable air con unit.  We got a couple about 7-8 years ago, and whilst they aren't needed every year, when it's been like this, being able to go to sleep in a room that's been chilled for you is well worth it.


Roadsterstu wrote:
When you get home grab an ice cold drink, strip off and parade about the house in your undercrackers.


This and this.

DetmoldDick

Live in a 400 year old house with meter thick stone walls. Sorted ;)
canadian bacon

Ensure your house has central forced air conditioning.....thankfully we have!
Bob Sacamano

I'm sure some of our more well-heeled members could lend you one of their Punkah Wallahs. There's bound to be a couple spare since they stopped filming It Ain't 'alf Hot Mum.
Twelfth Monkey

canadian bacon wrote:
Ensure your house has central forced air conditioning.....thankfully we have!


A client's son emigrated to Canada (marrying an intelligent and beautiful girl fifteen years his junior in the process, lucky bugger), and he tells me their temperature swing for the year is typically plus 30 to minus 30!
Roadsterstu

canadian bacon wrote:
Ensure your house has central forced air conditioning.....thankfully we have!


That always strikes me as such a great sysyem when I have vusited friends in the US and Canada. Blown warm air in winter, cooled air in summer.

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