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No Sweat! Keep Cool This Summer In Style

Garden rooms are designed to be comfortable all year round. With the unpredictable nature of the British weather, naturally we want to create a warm and inviting space that will stay cosy through the rain, wind and snow. But it's just as important to keep your garden room cool too, especially if you use your garden space as a home office or gym.

Use these top tips to create a cool room in which you can escape the midday heat.

1. Insulation

Insulation doesn't just keep the space warm in Winter, it also has the opposite effect in Summer. The layer of air trapped between the insulation materials stops the hot air outside penetrating the walls and ceiling. The same is true of double-glazing, by reflecting the Sun's rays, the inside doesn't get heated and maintains a lower temperature.

2. Nature's Shade

The ideal location for a garden room is underneath the branches of a deciduous tree. The leaves will shade the room in summer, making sure that it's protected against the Sun's rays, but the bare branches in Winter mean any available warming effect is used to maximum effect.

3. Keep Windows Covered

Whether you use blinds, curtains or colonial style shutters, keeping sunlight out will help prevent the room warming up too much, as the Sun's rays are reflected.

4. Open Windows

Opening the windows might seem like an obvious solution to keeping the room cool, but its something that needs to be considered at the design stage. Floor to ceiling windows rarely open, and you may not always want the doors wide open, so installing smaller opening windows is a great way to improve ventilation.

5. Air Conditioning

Installing an air conditioning unit to a garden room is relatively simple and most of the bulk of the system is outside the building, so it doesn't reduce the amount of usable space you have. Air conditioning is most efficient when doors and windows are kept shut so it is not a sensible solution if people will be coming and going all day. However, if the space will be used for long stretches of time, for example as a studio, home cinema, office space, or gym, then an air conditioning unit can cool the space quickly and continuously while the room is in use.

Most of the ideas above require some installation and effort before they can be effective. For an emergency measure, suspend a bag of ice in front of a fan so the air is cooled before it is circulated.

Date: 01/07/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges