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The Best Options for Keeping Your Bedroom Cool

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The Best Options for Keeping Your Bedroom Cool

By Philip Schmidt, Hometalk

Most people in most climates can tolerate hot days in the summertime (if allowed to complain ad nauseam), but it’s at night when the heat really gets to us. You lie there sweaty and sleepless, wishing you could master levitation just so you wouldn’t have to touch your sheets. And forget about cuddling up with your spouse. The last thing you need is contact with another 99-degree blob who’s just as grouchy as you are. It’s at times like this when you commit to making cooling the bedroom a top priority. Well, here are your basic options, from the most to the least expensive.

Air Conditioning

Obviously. A/C works everywhere, and it works fast. The only problems are it’s expensive to buy and even more expensive to operate, because it uses loads of electricity. However, an energy-efficient “room” A/C unit does a great job of cooling a small space like a bedroom without costing too much. In dry climates, a portable evaporative cooler (a.k.a. swamp cooler) works well and uses significantly less electricity that conventional A/C. For a large bedroom suite, a mini split A/C might be a good option. Also called “ductless” A/C, mini splits have a compact outdoor compressor unit linked to an indoor delivery unit. And unlike central A/C systems, they don’t need a furnace and duct network, so they’re perfect for additions and expanded living spaces. Many also work as heaters in winter.

Fans

Fans work pretty well if you use them properly. In all but the hottest, most humid climates, a whole house fan (“attic fan”) cools your bedroom and the rest of the house at night by pulling outdoor in through windows and exhausting hot air out through the attic. Run it for a while at night and again in the morning before closing up the windows for the day. You can use window fans the same way by setting one in a window blowing into the bedroom and setting another blowing out of a window in a nearby room to promote cross ventilation. Ceiling fans work if they’re blowing on you (they don’t cool the room). The airflow pulls heat from your skin and helps your body cool itself. Finally, some people like to run their furnace’s blower fan (without the heat, of course) just to circulate the home’s air, which can balance the temperature and eliminate hot spots.

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8:51AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

thanks

9:02AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

thamks for article.

7:37AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Don't forget that color theory plays a role in the cooling off process. If you paint your rooms with cool colors, it makes you feel cooler phychologically.

1:07PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Thanx for the cool tips!

10:20AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

This is great. I would also add to the cotton pillow...100% organic cotton bedding:) really makes a difference in balancing temperature and keeping body cooler.

9:20AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Thank you.

10:30PM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Good info. And keeping drinkable water next to you helps too, because you sweat, and the water keeps you hydrated.

The cross breeze using fans is also a dandy.

12:03PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

You cool!

5:18AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Cool information.

6:35PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

thanks for the info

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