Asked on Jun 14, 2018

How to keep a porch cool?

by Sue
I have a screen, glassed in 3 season porch, I can't sit out there because its so hot it has a metal roof. Any ideas what i could do to keep it a little cool besides a air cond?

  11 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 14, 2018

    We have a ceiling fan in our screened porch. Its quite effective.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 14, 2018

    Check into having it foam insulated, put shade screens on the outside of the glass windows, which I am betting are single pane... if you can keep the sun off the glass.. it will help with the heat inside the porch... and light colored curtains on the windows... to pull during the hottest time of the day will help too

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    • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 15, 2018

      Believe me... keeping the sun off of the glass to start with... will really help keep the heat out..... we live in Phoenix, AZ... so we KNOW... when we bought our current house... we made the investment ($600) to put shade screens on all of the windows.... they make a HUGE difference in keeping the heat out.... the blinds keep the sun out... but with all the little slats... they have moderate success keeping heat out...

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 14, 2018

    I would insulate that metal roof underneath with foam panels with reflectix on top. Then I would have the metal roof painted a light or metallic to reflect more light. You could also put one-way UV heat reflective window film on the glass especially on the sunny side(s). Then add some fans on a timer to blow cool night/early morning air in, and one to exhaust heat out in the heat of the day.

  • Sarah Sota Sarah Sota on Jun 14, 2018

    Have you thought about insulating the ceiling? Then it may be a 4 season porch !

    • Sue Sue on Jun 15, 2018

      my sister did hers with insulation on the roof part didn't do any good

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 14, 2018

    I would use a ceiling fan. We had one when we lived in Florida, on a patio that was covered just outside the back door leading to the one side of the lanai. It really helped control the humidity under it since it was only open on two sides.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 14, 2018

    This is a stretch, since I have no clue how large your porch is. Or your sense of humor.

    This is a product that can be stapled to your walls or

    you could set up a ”clothes line” at each end of the room and hang these like a fabric draped ceiling, stapling the ends over the roping or wire you use.

    Could help in winter too.

    For summer, I’m sure you have a fan. Like my grandparents, put a nice big pot of ice in front of the fan. To help the ice last longer, and if you can stand the smell, add some cheapie good old rubbing alcohol.

    Or zip loc bag this concoction. And put in a pot. We did this mix when my kids had injuries in sports. The added alcohol makes the ice last longer/colder.

    Cheap too.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 14, 2018

    Both answers above are good. You could use roll up blinds on all windows (curtains in the afternoon and open at night and early morning). If you have any electrical appliances (like a freezer) you might thing about relocating that if possible. What about an evaporative fan/cooler (swamp cooler). It blows cool air out but won't break the bank when the electric bill arrives. If you have a concrete slab for your patio consider covering it with a huge rug. Concrete absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night making an already hot patio almost unbearable.

  • Cindy McDaniel Cindy McDaniel on Jun 15, 2018

    we have the hot, Georgia, afternoon sun beating down on one side of our porch, so we bought a Roman shade (indoor/outdoor one) on Amazon for less than $35, and put it up on that side of the porch. It looks great, keeps a Lot of the sun out, and also provides privacy from the neighbors ! You could put them all around the porch also.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 15, 2018

    We have a ceiling fan and olive green sheers, both help with cooler air and privacy.

  • Sarah Sota Sarah Sota on Jun 16, 2018

    I would go with ceiling fans then. Enjoy your summer.

  • Linda Linda on Jun 17, 2018

    Yep....get dark colored bed sheets and clip on hooks and make curtains that you can pull around to keep the glare out. Also, paint the metal roof white so that it reflects the light. If you have room, get some bamboo and grow it in pots outside the walls to create shade. It grows quickly.