Although the summers in your region might produce triple digit temperatures that have you cranking up the thermostat, at least you know you can save some dough and do your part for energy conservation by flinging wide the shutters and letting some outdoor air circulate through your structure at night, cooling your home naturally. Unfortunately, you may not have windows in every room. Many houses feature windowless bathrooms or even bedrooms. Or perhaps a finished attic or basement has only decorative windows that don’t actually open. Whatever the case may be, an inability to open windows in order to let fresh air in could leave you with little recourse for natural cooling. And this can be especially problematic if you need to keep doors closed for some reason (roommates that want privacy, family members that need to deny access to pets due to allergies, etc.). But there are alternative options. Here are a few to consider.
The best option, of course, is to install ductwork and vents that will pipe in cool air from your AC unit and pull the hot air out simultaneously. But if you don’t happen to have this option already in place or your home doesn’t have an AC unit, it will almost certainly be the most expensive option. What will definitely cost you less is installing a ductless AC unit. You’ll have to cut a hole in an exterior wall for ventilation, so if the room is centralized, this obviously won’t work. But if it is a possibility, your unit will fit into the wall and it can be turned on and off as needed. Generally speaking, this is a fairly effective and economical option.
But it’s not your only option. And if you’re worried about the eyesore, you can get a bit more creative with your solutions. For example, you could install a venting fan over the door to the room. Remember, hot air rises, so a fan that sucks air out at the ceiling level should not only alleviate some of the heat in the room, but also increase circulation in general. A similar effect could be accomplished by installing a ceiling fan and a simple transom window over the door. With the fan set to draw air up (rather than pushing it down as normal) and the window cracked, you may be able to vent hot air out of the room and look stylish doing it. Of course, the warm air will basically vent into the hallway, which might not be your preference.
Floor or table fans are also an option, but these merely push the hot air around. Still, when moving air washes over our skin, we do experience a cooling effect, so even though the room might not actually be cooler, you’ll feel like it is, which is the important part. Of course, all of this is a moot point if you already have central air that reaches the room. There’s no reason to spend more on alternative cooling options with an AC already in place. And although you’ll have to pay to get your unit serviced annually and engage duct cleaning services periodically, your windowless room doesn’t have to seem like a sauna when you take the steps to cool and ventilate appropriately.