Need help keeping a room cool!


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Old 03-14-15, 03:43 PM
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Need help keeping a room cool!

Hello there. I am 21 years old and have been dreading summers for over 10 years. I have lived in the same house all 21 years and have faced this same issue yearly. I have a room and it's exposed on the west side. The sun is hitting the same wall for multiple hours and I am really fed up with my room being extremely hot due to this. I have a picture to show exactly what I mean. I want to know what can be done about this. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Temp fix: I have a fan outside my room blowing in the air. It's helping, but the help is very miniscule.

http://i.imgur.com/0tlEVy3.jpg
 
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Old 03-14-15, 04:04 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Based on your picture we can see you have at least one window in your room.

Do you have a shade or curtains to keep the sun out ?
Does the house have central air and is there a register in your room ?
 
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Old 03-14-15, 04:20 PM
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I have 2 windows, yes.
Both windows have covers keeping the sun out.

There's central air and I'm not sure what you mean by register.
Should have specified I am on the 2nd story.
 
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Old 03-14-15, 07:25 PM
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The central unit may not be delivering enough airflow to your room.
Do you have a thermometer to check the temperature of the airflow coming from the register/diffuser?

Does your room have a return air grille in it?

Maybe there is not enough insulation above the ceiling in your room.
There are too many things to list here that can make a difference .

Is there a return air in the hallway?
 
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Old 03-14-15, 10:33 PM
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A register is an adjustable louvered grate where the conditioned air comes out.

The second floor is a rough place to be in the hot sun. Like HVAC retired mentioned..... attic insulation and control of the heat in the attic are very important to second floor comfort.
 
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Old 03-15-15, 10:36 AM
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You have to be careful not to close too many but partially or completely closing some of the other vents in the house can change the flow of the air. I had to do this in the winter in the house where I grew up to keep it from being freezing in the winter.
 
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Old 03-15-15, 12:36 PM
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I know the airflow is fine as we have adjusted the vents before. The thermometer is not accessible at the moment but I do plan on visiting home depot to fix this situation once and for all.
There is air return from my hallway, yes. Feels much better with the fan blowing in the air.

@PJMax I believe everything is fine as we had work done in the attic within the year. Though that may still be a possibility, I feel the sun hitting my room for hours is a big factor to this.
 
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Old 03-15-15, 01:08 PM
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Is it hot everywhere or only your room? How is the roof vented? My first house had no central air. On hot summer days, I would come home to a sweltering house. I put a box fan in the attic crawl access facing up and would turn the fan on every day when I got home. I then went to the other side of the house and cracked a window. The fan pulled all the hot air out of the whole house in a matter of minutes and made all tolerable. Sometimes with insufficient insulation, the hot air in the attic creeps down into the living area. As heat rises, my fan pulled the top layer of hot air out and replenished it with cooler air from the cracked window. The other benefit is that the fan pushed some of the hot air in the attic out the gable vents as well.
 
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How is the airflow fine if the room is too hot? You have excess heat infiltrating the room, therefore you need more airflow into and out of it to mitigate that.
 
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Old 03-15-15, 02:08 PM
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One thing I recommend (having lived in stucco homes for the last 8 years), get an infrared thermometer. They are pretty cheap at discount tool and auto stores. Nothing fancy needed.

Traditional stucco takes a while to heat up the inside in direct sun, but once it does, OH BABY. That outside wall will be radiating heat to the interior hours after the sun starts to set.

Check the wall and ceiling temps in various areas in the hot part of the day. Compare them to areas not exposed to the sun. You'll probably find a huge difference.

You can also use it to check how much heat is coming through the window and frame. A exterior solar screen over the window can make a huge difference by not letting the sun through to heat up the interior.
 
 

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