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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

External shade is the most effective reasonably cheap way. Window films are also good, as are silvered black-out blinds - but then you need to turn the lights on and can't see out. On the ground floor ...
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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

The cheapest and easiest way to stop the sun hitting a window is to add a roller awning. Note that they don't actually need to stick out all that far in summer, when the sun is high in the sky. There'...
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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

this room turns into a sauna even though I've installed curtains All the sunlight energy that passes through the windows will heat anything it lands on: walls, floor... and curtains. These objects ...
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Why is there a channel cut into the bottom of this door? How to seal the gap?

This door looks like it could have been set up for an automatic door bottom which would push down to block the gap. Also, there are other forms of door sweep that could work better than your linked ...
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What thickness foam is best under vinyl siding?

Insulation is the right direction and the more the better. If you can get 1" polyisocyanurate, even better. I assume that your attic insulation is up to current code. If not, that's an effective ...
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Can I squeeze rock wool insulation into a smaller cavity space?

This depends on what you are compressing against. Comfortboard is fairly dense. If both sides of the wall are plywood, no problem. If one or both sides are drywall, you'll risk bowing or popping the ...
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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

I'd be getting some sun blocking shades, either exterior or interior, to help reduce the overall direct heat in the room. Then install a through the wall fan to direct the air conditioning into the ...
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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

You could also consider the historic type of "plantation shutters" still used in places like New Orleans. These are installed (as other posters have mentioned) outside, and typically hinge ...
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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

Everyone here seems to assume that the heat is coming from the windows. While I suspect it's part of the issue, I doubt it's the main one. Depending on the room/house setup, much of the heat may be in ...
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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

Set a fan on the floor to blow toward the ceiling. This will disturb the "heat dome" in the smaller room and let cooler air in.
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How to insulate main water pipe in vented crawlspace

I have dealt with this issue personally and professionally and crip659 is correct when suggesting heat tape. Now the outlet you install will need to be GFI and as far off the ground as possible. Now ...
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Can I squeeze rock wool insulation into a smaller cavity space?

5mm is barely over 3/16". Not a significant amount in the context of insulation. There is very little compression to degrade the insulation factor. You should be fine.
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Should I replace fiberglass bats in my basement with rigid foam insulation?

The rigid foam is placed first so that acts as a thermal break to the wood studs placed against it, increasing the overall insulating value of the stud wall. Expanded Polystyrene board has an R value ...
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Where should I place mini-split heads in a converted building?

9.25m x 6.22m total, bedroom 2m x2.34m in normal units. If want to have cold in bedroom then need at last 3k in each bedroom and 9-12k in living room. And for sure good air vent to force air outside ...
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What size insulation should I buy for my AC lines?

Insulation that's too small leaves a gap in coverage. Insulation that's too large leaves a gap between it and the pipe that allows air (and therefore energy) to escape. Both result in substantially ...
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What improvements can I make to help house cool down at night after a hot day?

A whole house fan provides air flow through the house by creating negative pressure (ie sucking) air outside through one room, and drawing it in from others in a way you control by opening doors and ...
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What kind of insulation should I use for hot water pipes?

As you mention that the pipes are currently painted, I assume that means that they are in full view. If that is the case, consider that for insulation to be effective, it needs to have a certain ...
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What type of fasteners are used for fanfold XPS foam insulation?

Tried 1 inch crowns that just shot a hole. Tried 3/4 inch staples that I thought was working, but not. So I grabbed some 30 year old nails that was meant for tarpapper. They work.
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