Keeping your shed cool in summer doesn’t have to be an ongoing challenge if you prepare a few different options for keeping things cool.
Installing multiple whirlybirds is one way to boost your shed’s cooling powers. Whirlybirds are inexpensive to purchase and they work by drawing hot air out of your shed using the power of the wind. Without a system like this, hot air can become trapped in your roof and raise the temperature in your shed. The whirlybird has an energy-saving impact on your cooling efforts as they’re not powered by electricity. Of course this also means that they won’t work if there’s little breeze on the day. While whirlybirds are small, they can work well if you use a number of these on your shed roof.
Glazed windows and shading
Window glazing is another excellent option for keeping barns cooler. Installing some strategically positioned glazed windows can assist with cooling in several ways. Glazed windows allow less heating to occur from sunshine, while increasing access to natural cooling breezes and boosting ventilation within your shed.
Do some research and seek professional advice on the best type of glazing for your windows, along with optimal window sizes and orientation given your shed’s location and position relative to the sun.
Along with indoor blinds to maximise heat reduction, you can complement your windows with some external shading, such as sails, awning, and outdoor blinds. All of these can help significantly with cooling down your shed.
A high quality fan that’s adequately sealed against dust and debris is recommended by experts for cooling in the shed environment. Ceiling fans assist with the convection process and so help with overall cooling. Quality industrial fans offer high-speed operations and some have reversible rotations so you can choose to draw hot air up or blow hot air down.
While choosing the right fan is the first step. Another important consideration is the position of your fan(s). Check that each fan will cover an adequate amount of the floor space before you decide on the number of fans that you need and where you’ll have them installed. Using ceiling fans can reduce the amount of air conditioning that you’ll need in your shed and reduce your energy bill.
Misting systems and fans
Misting systems can be installed in sheds to assist with cooling. These systems operate by pushing ultra-fine water droplets into the air. The droplets evaporate before they reach the ground and work to cool the space. Misting systems are best in spaces with a good airflow, as the misting-evaporation process requires strong currents to work. Without good airflow, you can end up with dampness on the ground, walls, and furniture or items.
While misting systems are permanent, fixed installations that are connected to your water supply, you can still take advantage of the misting process by using portable misting fans. These contain water reservoirs or can be connected to a hose for water supply, and they provide flexibility and convenience if you want to avoid having to install a permanent system. You can move these fans around to use as required and pack them away for the winter months when they’re not being used.
Evaporative coolers are slightly different from misting systems in that they work by drawing hot air from outside and forcing it through wet filter pads, thereby cooling the air and humidifying the air before blowing it through the space. Evaporative cooling systems can be a highly effective way to stay cool sheds in summer. You reap the benefits of having the air moistened and cooled, along with the cool currents circulating the space.
Air conditioning could be another way to cool your shed in the summer. While misting systems and evaporative coolers work by using water, air conditioners typically rely on chemicals to transfer the hot air outside the house.
Air conditioning can be more costly than other options as it tends to be more energy intensive. However, having an air conditioning unit installed can allow you to achieve cooler temperatures quickly.
Utilising natural shading is an option for cooling your shed in summer and keeping your energy costs lower than they otherwise might be. Natural shading means planting trees and shrubs to provide natural shelter for your shed. Effective shading can block a significant amount of heat depending on the orientation of your shed and its location. Choose a fast-growing tree for best results, and if you need shade in winter as well, make sure you pick an evergreen tree.
Enjoy your cooler shed!
There is a range of options for keeping your shed or shed cool in the summer months, and you have options to choose from regardless of your budget. Find the combination of options that best suit your requirements, and plan ahead for the hot months so you’re well prepared for staying cool, then enjoy the difference.