10 Tips for a Cooler Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Draconargentum, May 14, 2007.

  1. Draconargentum

    Draconargentum Chirping

    May 9, 2007
    Since I live in really hot weather and very low humidity, I thought I'd post these ideas. Someone might find them useful. Oh, and if anyone else has some thoughts on how to keep coops cool, please post them here (they might help me! ^_^) These ideas were taken from a MSN.com article for keeping houses cooler for less money.

    1. Open windows and use fans. Even mild air movement of 1 mph can make you feel three or four degrees cooler. Make sure your fan is turned for summer -- you should feel the air blown downward.

    2. Consider installing an evaporative cooler ("swamp cooler") if appropriate for your climate. A well-placed and -sized whole-house fan pulls air through open windows on the bottom floors and exhausts it through the roof, lowering the inside temperature and reducing energy use by as much as third compared with an air conditioner. Cost is between $150 and $400. Extremely useful for dry areas.

    3. Put in white shades/drapes/blinds to reflect heat away from the coop. Close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day. Perhaps cover windows with cheesecloth to still let in the light while reflecting heat.

    4. Tinting windows against sunlight, like the idea in 3, will help to reflect heat out of your coop while still letting the light in.

    5. Grown on trellises, vines such as ivy or grapevines can shade windows or the whole side of a coop.

    6. Avoid landscaping with lots of unshaded rock, cement, or asphalt on the south or west sides because it increases the temperature around the coop and radiates heat into it after the sun has set.

    7. Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides will keep the air cooler in the summer. Just three trees, properly placed around a yard, can keep daytime air temperatures 3 to 6 degrees cooler.

    8. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents; they produce the same light but use a fifth the energy and heat.

    9. Caulking and weatherstripping will keep cool air in during the summer.

    10. Using light-colored shingles on a new roof can cut the amount of heat the coop absorbs. Repainting in a light color, especially south- and west-facing exterior areas, helps as well.
  2. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Does anyone have a ceiling fan in their coop??? I have electricity run to my coop and a place for a ceiling fan but I didn't install one only a light fixture.
    But it's getting in the mid 90's here already and I'm seriously thinking of putting one in.
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I dont have a ceiling fan....but I do have a box fan....and they love it!
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    On #10 you could add use cedar shakes instead of shingles. They will drop the temp inside a coop dramatically. All that tar in shingles holds the heat no matter how light they are.
  5. rotzilla

    rotzilla In the Brooder

    i know home depot sells solar attic fans. that might work for the fan and at no power cost.
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  6. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    My DH talked about putting an old ceiling fan in the coop, but I'm afraid they will fly into it and get hurt. [​IMG]

    I think we will go with the box fan idea.
  7. Draconargentum

    Draconargentum Chirping

    May 9, 2007
    Quote:I really think that it wouldn't be too dangerous as long as you didn't crank the fan all the way up...And really, it doesn't take much to get the air moving. They might even enjoy sitting on the fan blades, like a chicken merry-go-round. ^.^ But it's all up to your preferences.

    Cedar, huh? I'll have to look into that...And the solar fan, too. Then wiring wouldn't be such an issue.
  8. Cheri

    Cheri Songster

    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    We put a small fan out there yesterday as it hit the low '90s! We are having record heat here this week.
  9. webdawg

    webdawg In the Brooder

    May 4, 2007
    Kingman, Az
    I put one of these on the roof. Really pulls out the heat and creates a nice flow of air. And they are under $20.

    Last edited: May 15, 2007
  10. Cheri

    Cheri Songster

    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    Quote:OOOO I will have to tell my hubby. Our coop is actually an old wooden shed. We have turned it into a cute coop.

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