Category: Sheds |  By Rick Stoddard

How to Cool Down a Shed

How to Cool Down a Shed – As the summer months approach no matter what you use your custom quality shed for hot days can overheat this space and make it a place that you dread. Be it that you use your shed as an office space where you can work quietly or just four walls that contain all of your storage items having a hot shed can be a major pain.

Even just opening the doors to grab a rake or the lawnmower in the back can be highly uncomfortable when the inside of the shed is sweltering hot. So, what can you do to remedy this situation?

Here are 9 Great and Easy Ways to Help Regulate the Temperature of Your Shed Cool Down a Shed

Without using electricityCool Down a shed

Choosing to keep a shed cool without electricity provides a simpler means of installation as well as a more budget-friendly cost not only for installation but to run the system.


Every custom quality-built shed should have proper ventilation no matter the use and no matter your plans for electricity in the space. The easiest ways to make sure you have ventilation allowing airflow into your shed is with roof or wall vents or a soffit or gable vents. You can also install grills or a turbine in the roofing.

Tinted windows or awnings

Limiting the amount of sunlight in your shed if you have windows is an easy way to keep it cool. You can do this by tinting the windows or glazing them. You could also opt for putting an awning over the outside of the windows to provide more shade and reduce the amount of sunlight coming in. You could also opt to put curtains over the windows. The best choice for reducing the sunlight that comes through shed windows will depend upon how you are using your shed. It may not be the best idea for example to use curtains in a storage shed as it can create a home for insects.


Using insulation in your shed is an extra cost but it is one that is well worth the climate control. Most often when people think of insulation, they think of keeping a space warm but it can also help to keep a space cool. All in all, insulation helps keep the temperature inside the shed from rapidly fluctuating with the outside weather. If you have a space where you plan on using a fan inside it will also help to trap that cool air from the fan in the space.

Paint with solar reflective paint

To keep a shed cool, you want to deflect any sun rays that may be absorbed and bring heat to the space. Instead of absorbing the heat from the sun, your shed will now be bouncing it back into the air.

Cooling a shed with electricity

Using an AC unit or mini-split system

This of course is the most thought of and common way to use electricity to cool down any space. It may be a worthless option if you are using your shed as an extra room such as a guest room or your personal office. You will want to consider how much that would cost not only to purchase the AC unit but to run it as well.

Exhaust fan

These are the small fans you most often see in the bathrooms of a traditional home. They can actually do a lot to help pull the hot air out of the shed especially as it rises up to the ceiling. This air is then replaced with cooler air hanging out near the ground.

For more information on custom-built sheds in Puget Sound please contact us anytime or stop by and see us in North Snohomish County near Marysville/Arlington.

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