quickly approaching, now's the time to make sure you can stay cool and comfortable when the weather gets hot. Warm summer nights can be uncomfortable for sleeping, while summer rainstorms can sometimes make the air stuffy and humid inside. There are several ways that you can beat the heat, depending on your budget and whether you need to upgrade any of your existing systems. This can be as simple as providing additional shade and making meals outside, up to replacing your vent fan or air conditioning system.
Obviously one of the most common ways to stay cool is with your rooftop air conditioning system. Using air conditioners can go along way toward removing humidity and improving air quality, besides just controlling the inside temperature. Just like at home, the air conditioner should be run with the doors and windows shut to prevent more hot air from coming inside. Running an AC unit during the cooler temperatures of early morning will also help keep the RV cooler for a longer period. The longer it runs continuously, the more efficient it will be at maintaining a comfortable temperature. There are many different models available, from manufacturers such as Gree, Atwood and Coleman. The Coleman Mach 8 is one of our newest product offerings, and features the lowest profile available of only 8 inches. It is also one of the lightest units available, due to its one piece fiberglass base pan, weighing about 90 lbs.
If it's not quite warm enough for an air conditioner, but you still want air circulation, your rooftop vent fan is a great option. The advantages to using a vent fan have been discussed here before, from how they work to draw out humidity as well as letting in fresh air from outside. It can also help boost circulation when you have doors or windows open. Certain models, such as those from MaxxAir, are covered so rain and other outside elements will not be let inside.
Air conditioners and vent fans are just the start. Many of the same types of fans that can be found at home are also useful in your RV. This includes ceiling fans, table fans, stand alone models or even hand held units. There are various types of ceiling fans from LaSalle Bristol that feature different finishes to fit in with your interior décor. You can choose from cherry, white or black fan blades, and the fan only has a 5-1/8" drop, so it won't impede on the limited space inside your RV. The reversible motor has 4 speeds so you can have the level of air circulation you want.
When you are looking for a more portable model, table top and hand held fans can provide more personalized comfort, or provide a little bit of extra cooling to supplement another system.
By Julie T
Keeping Cool In Your RV