Having a metal shed on your property offers many advantages. You’ll likely use it as a convenient storage space, but that’s only one of many potential uses. For example, you could also use it as a workspace to pot plants or perform maintenance on your equipment.
Whatever you happen to use your shed for, keeping it cool throughout a hot summer is an important topic to consider. A cooler space will be more inviting to work in and it may also be a more suitable place to store some items that could be damaged by high temperatures. Read on to learn how to keep your shed cool in summer.
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Start With Insulation
Insulation can do more than keep your metal building warm in the winter. In fact, all insulation does is minimize the transfer of heat between inside and outside. So, in addition to keeping a space warmer in the winter, it can also help to keep a space cooler in the summer. By adding some insulation to your shed, you can keep some of that sweltering summer heat outside where it belongs. Given the affordable nature of the amount of insulation you should need to use inside a shed, this is an effective starting point for your cooling efforts.
Add a Window
Adding a window is something that you’ll want to think about upfront when ordering your new shed from American Carports, Inc. Even if you don’t need a window for any other practical purpose, having one included in the shed’s design can help significantly for ventilation. On a warm summer day, you can open up the window and the door, allowing for some cross-breeze and hopefully bringing down the temperature of the space.
Utilize Natural Shade
When picking out a spot on your property for this new shed to live, consider any locations that would offer some natural shade. For example, if you have a large, leafy tree with a flat spot nearby, that might be a logical home for your shed. With the tree offering shade for part of the day, the shed may not get as hot as it would if it was placed out in the open to get full sunlight. This isn’t going to be an option in all situations, of course, but consider taking advantage of it if your property offers just the right setting.
Other Shade Options
The power of shade to keep a building cooler in the summer is so significant that you might want to consider making your own shade if none is available naturally. For instance, if you can install an awning that can be extended during the summer to block the sun from reaching the shed for part of the day, that coverage could go a long way. Sure, you would be adding an extra cost by installing an awning in addition to your shed, but that cost could be well worth it in the long run. You don’t necessarily have to block out the sun all day long, either. Even giving the shed coverage for a few hours would be a big help.
Portable Air Conditioner
If you have power in your shed, you might want to consider purchasing a portable air conditioning unit to fight back against the heat. This will obviously be the most effective option, but there are a couple of points to consider.
First, you’ll have to have sufficient power available in the shed. Remember, a portable A/C unit can draw a lot of power, so you might not be able to run anything else on that circuit at the same time. Also, the air conditioner is going to produce hot air that needs to be dumped outside, so you’ll need to have a window available or another way to direct the warm air out of the shed.
Order from American Carports, Inc.
We hope you now know how to keep your shed cool in summer. If you’re ready to add a shed to your property, order from American Carports, Inc. today. You can design one to fit your exact needs using our Build & Price Tool. If you have any questions, our team is happy to assist you and make suggestions. We look forward to serving you!