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You have been getting some great input on your question. I have a couple of things to add, both new information as well as some variations on themes.
1) Someone mentioned closing the blinds in the room to reduce heat gain. Another option would be to install an exterior shade, awning or trellis to keep heat from getting into the room in the first place.
2) Instead of the black out shades, another option is window film. Window film is probably less expensive and still allows you the views that you probably have from that room. 3M makes some fabulous products that relect heat and prevents it from entering the room. They come in various thicknesses and tints that do not detract from the views.
3) Another person suggested looking at the age and performance of your windows. While this is an expensive option, it may be the most effective. There have been so many advancements in window technology. Installing windows with both a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and U-factor, can really make a difference in keeping heat out. If you replace windows, you could also install some operable windows or a vent to reduce the build up of hot air in the room and actually get it out. This option would create a "chimney effect," based on the principle that hot air rises, and actually draws hot air out of the room. Sounds like you have installed some AC in the room which will provide cool air to replace that hot air drawn up and out of the room.
Best of luck to you, The Allen Construction Team
If you are currently using a AC system I would suggest maybe looking into a few different options.
1)Try keeping some blinds closed during the hottest periods of the day (also helps from discolouring your furniture or flooring)
2) Circulating the air with multiple fans - also checking to see if the room is well insulated might prove to be beneficial.
3) check to see if your windows are sealed properly- are there cracks in the frame, do you seep gaps or see outside from the sides of the window etc.
4) If your home is a bit older it might be wise to have your windows checked. (what kind of glass are in your windows are they vinyl etc.)
Changing your homes windows can decrease your energy bill significantly and will help keep the "cool" in during the hotter months and "warmth" in on the cooler months.
Hope this helps!
There are severl things to consider first: 1) Was the proper double-paned, Low-E windows made for such a location installed? 2) Is the room properly insulated? 3) Does the existing HVAC unit have the capacity to cool the addition? If all these are yes's then you want to look at an auxillary coolling option. Simply cutting holes in the wall and adding an air-excahning fan may offer some relief, but if your system is being over taxed to cool this oven you will only have limited results. Having not seen the room I can't offer specific suggestions, but the whole project definitely needs to evaluated for the three things mentioned above.
Lastly, our clients facing simlar situations where a room was added, or porch was enclosed without thought of the above found relief with ductless split AC systems. They are very effitcient, quiet, and serve as an auxillary system moderating the extremes. This also gave them the option of closing their "sunrooms" off from teh rest of the house while continuing to keep them comfortable.
In fear of giving you information that is obvious or that you already know, we move forward boldly and answer this question. I had a similar addition on a previous home and it was difficult to keep it cooler in the summer months. What ended up proving helpful was to put a small box fan on the floor outside of the room to draw the home's air conditioning into that space. That teamed with controlling the sunlight with window treatments proved effective. Thanks Geoff!
The answer to this question is directly related to the climate that you live in. The major window manufacturers offer glazing that is designed for the solar heat gain and temperatures in the various climate zones. You can obtain information either through a reputable window company in your area or by visting the websites of national window companies such as Anderson, Pella, Milguard, etc.
I know it's not convenient, but you have to be somewhat flexible when it comes to meeting repair companies at your home. It would be easier to have them commit to an early appt. rather than at the end of the day. Other appts can throw the day off. Also keep in mind, if someone comes to your house at 7pm and has already been working for 10-12 hours, they're not going to be at there best. The same is true on weekend. After putting in a 50-60 hour week, you are drained and need to relax and gas back up.
Contact the HVAC manufacture i.e. Goodman, carrier...ect also and notify them to iniaite a warraty log and ask them for assistance. If you have a NEW HOME book from the builder it should list the HVAC Install company of the HVAC Sysyem. Be Professioanl and Persistant. No Builder is perfect and most importantly try and notify the leadership of the company. Be flexable and cooridinate within the schedule set by the warranty ENSURE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM IS REGISTERED IN YOUR NAME AS IT MAY EXTEND COVERAGE
There are options available to go solar and be completely independent of you local utility provider. However, this type of set-up (solar+storage) is much more costly than the traditional "grid-tied" system mentioned by Mr. Cook. There are significant developments in the works for the energy storage industry and speculation suggests that batteries will become more reasonably priced in the next 3-5 years or so.
Until then, many folks are opting to install a grid-tied solar panel system, which can often offset 100% of your utility bill (minus a nominal monthly interconnection fee of $5 or so). In some cases, fully offsetting your electric bill isn't possible because of shading or roof complexity. When battery storage becomes more affordable, you can add storage and truly become energy independent!
I had recently answered another question about chimney. Please do not use if the smell continues and contact The National Associations of Chimney Sweeps to get a certified professioinal out to your home to inspect it before you use it again.
While I value Abe's professionalism and experience, I would take a slightly different approach. If you are not changing anything in either room then a qualified handyperson can pull the old fan, enlarge the opening and install a new fan. If you are remodeling the room or you are going to go from a single switch operation to a multiple switch type fan, I would then go with a remodeling contract or an electrician.
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