It’s summer, and you may have a screened porch or want to build a screened porch and enjoy it in summer too. A screened porch is a delightful room, and a well-built and designed one can easily become the favorite room of the house. Even so, everyone knows the difficulty of enjoying this space in the hottest and coldest times of year. Below, we will take a look at how to keep a screened porch cool in summer.
One simple option to help cool down your screened porch without any need for electricity is to plant a shade tree or two. A tree that will grow to be tall and mighty over your screened porch will naturally decrease its temperature even on the hottest days. Of course, this option can take time, so if you plan to live in your residence for a long time, it can be well worth it.
Curtains or Blinds
In the meantime, curtains, blinds, or shades are another option to naturally decrease the temperature in your screened porch. Where sunlight and thus heat cannot enter a room, so that place will be cooler. One can get quite creative with what window treatments you use and can combine different kinds of window treatments for a versatile arrangement.
Ceiling or Portable Fan
Air circulation is another important component in keeping a screened porch cool. Many screened porches have a ceiling fan, but you could also use a portable fan. If you use a portable floor fan, one could place a bowl of ice water in front of it so that the cool evaporating water can blow through the room.
A mini-split air conditioner is a type of HVAC unit that delivers temperature control and ventilation to one room only. It can connect to the home’s HVAC system or stand alone. If you prefer the power of air conditioning rather than a fan alone, this option might be worth your consideration.
Screened Porch Insulation
You can keep a screened porch cool better by keeping it insulated from the outdoors. Insulating its walls, floor, ceiling, and cracks around the windows and door is the way to go. Some screened porches also have fully-enclosed windows rather than mesh screens alone, which will prevent wasted energy if you install a mini-split.
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