Beyond Air Conditioning: 6 Tips for Keeping Your Farm Shed Cool

4 June 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


A farm shed gives you place to store your equipment, work on your machinery and do countless other tasks, and if you plan to spend a lot of time in your farm shed, you may want to take steps to keep it comfortable and cool. Adding an HVAC system is always an option, but if you want to avoid that expense, you may want to consider the following ideas.

1. Strategic Placement

If you haven't put in your arm shed yet, choose your spot carefully. Ideally, you may want to choose a spot that is naturally shaded by large trees or other buildings on the property. Take some time to watch how the sun and the shadows move over your property during the day so you can identify the most advantageous location.

2. Covered Porches

Most farm sheds are relatively austere buildings, but if you want to embrace natural cooling methods, you may want to break from that tradition and add a porch to your shed. Covered porches are popular in hot areas of the world due to their natural cooling powers. In particular, they shade your walls, helping to prevent the transfer of heat from the outside to the inside.

3. Solar Reflective Materials

Look for a farm shed that uses materials and colours that naturally reflect the sun. This is especially important on the roof of your shed. Light coloured elements can help to bounce off the sunlight, and again, the prevents the heat from travelling into your shed through the roof.

4. Whirlybirds

You may also want to add whirly birds to the roof of your shed. These are basically small fans that work based on the wind in the area. When the wind blows, these fans turn, pulling hot air up out of your shed.

5. Insulation

Insulation helps to keep your shed comfortable in all kinds of weather conditions. In the summer, the insulation keeps in the cool air, and in the winter, it helps to lock in the warm air. You can add insulation to the walls of the shed relatively easily just by gluing it into place, or you can look for a shed that comes with insulation.

6. Ventilation

Adding windows or vents to your shed can boost its ventilation which also helps with cooling. For best results, consider looking for glazed windows. They cause the sunlight to bounce off the glass, but they also let you open the windows when you need some extra air.

To get more ideas, contact a company that specialises in farm sheds. They can talk with you about built-in or after-market cooling options.