Let Fans Keep You Cool on Hot Summer Nights
During hot nights this summer, you may find yourself tossing and turning in humid air. To avoid a sleepless night, plan ahead by cooling your bedroom sufficiently to get a good night’s rest.
Blocking heat from entering your bedroom during the day is key to keeping the room cool at night. Using electric fans to their best advantage will ensure that hot air is expelled from the home and replaced by cool air to bring the temperature down to a comfortable level.
Because heat rises, the best placement for a fan is in the attic or on the top floor where many bedrooms are located. Some people use an attic or whole house fan for this purpose, but if your house isn’t equipped with one, fans that are intended to circulate air over a widespread area will do the job.
Choosing bedroom fans
High velocity or utility fans, tower fans with oscillating action and window fans are especially effective to cool an attic or top floor. Window fans can exhaust hot air while another fan can pull in cool air from outside. If you run the fans for a while before you go to bed, they’ll take quite a bit of the heat out of the house.
Tower fans are good choices for bedrooms because they circulate air at the height of the bed and provide the added bonus of low white noise, which some people find soothing. If the room is sufficiently cooled before you go to sleep, many fan models come with timers or remote controls so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn off the fan. Fans are also equipped with automatic shut-off capability.
Keeping heat out
In the morning, run the attic or top floor fans again to whisk hot air from your home. Then, close the windows while the family is out during the day to cut down the absorption of radiant heat from sunlight. If some members are home, close only the windows in the bedrooms.
In addition, blinds, curtains or insulated shades can be pulled to block sunlight and heat. Awnings hung on the outside will prevent the sun’s heat from reaching the windows. As an alternative, you can apply heat-blocking window film that can reduce heat transmission through the glass by as much as 60 percent.
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