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How to Climate Control Your Shed

shed climate controlDo you have a tool shed or other small outdoor structure where you work on DIY projects? Summer seems like a great time for it, but the San Antonio heat says otherwise. Spending all day in a shed without proper cooling can be a recipe for disaster. Here are some ideas for shed climate control.

Traditional A/C

Since your shed is much smaller than your house, it doesn’t need the same level of HVAC. There are many smaller systems that will do fine, such as a window A/C. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and provide adequate cooling for outdoor structures. The only drawback is, you have to give up a window, and in a shed, you likely don’t have many.

If you want to spend a little more on installation, you can use a through the wall A/C instead. It involves cutting a hole in the wall of the shed, but once installed, it provides the same level as cooling, without using the window. You might also consider a ductless mini-split. A bit more costly, it’s a more effective climate control option, energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and provides heating as well as cooling.

Finally, if you’d rather not spend the money on installation, you can use a portable A/C instead. If you have a larger shed, this might not be a great option, as their cooling capacity tends to be fairly low. However, if all you need is a quick, makeshift solution for occasional shed work, a portable unit could come in handy.

Other Cooling Options

If you’d rather not use a lot of energy, you can design a natural shed climate control system. A ventilation fan and adjustable vents can keep air circulating and expel hot air. Solar shades can also block much of the sunlight and heat, helping your shed feel cooler. These options may cost more to install than an A/C, but the natural cooling they provide will save you money and energy in the long run.

For more ideas for shed climate control, contact us at Beyer Boys. We proudly serve San Antonio’s home comfort needs.