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The various rooms that I operate my computers in tend to always run quite warm. Usually the room temperature will sit around 86-87˚F while operating computers or other electronics pumping out heat. I’ve always attempted to cool down the room by opening the windows in the room when it’s cold outside, running the ceiling fan, attempting to use fans to either bring cold air into the room or push warm air outside, etc. Unfortunately, my efforts usually end up producing only a 5˚F drop, even when the temperature difference outside is over 30˚F. I believe a big problem that I’m facing is that the rooms I operate in only have on pair of windows positioned right next to each other on the same side of the room. This room design, along with being situated on the second floor with the attic located one room over, just doesn’t lend itself to creating a simple airflow from one window to the other in the room.

Luckily, I am in no urgent situation of trying to get my room temperatures under control: nothing is overheating or melting (except any human being besides myself that attempts to inhabit the room). Though I don’t mind sitting in a room that hits temperatures as high as 90˚F, I’m hoping that I can benefit from the coldness of Mother Nature and remove some of this heat from my rooms. Does anyone have any advice on how to cool down a room? The simpler and/or cheaper the solution is, the better.
    
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I use to have that problem and what I usually do is open one window and have a fan blowing out the hot air in the room (Facing it where outside winds are not coming in) and open another window (Where air is blowing in) and get a fan and make it an intake fan.
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turn off unnesicary devices. i usually use my ps3 for netflix, and laptop for simple browsing and gaming. only desktop when im in the mood for some serious gaming.

also helps to have air movement which while doesnt really lower the temp, makes it feel cooler. speaking of cooler, get some heat trap vents installed in the celing to expel the air into the attic.

what kind of lights do you have? some produce more heat then others.
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I know you'll probably hate to hear it, but...

1. Enable all the power saving CPU stuff. Let your CPU underclock when idle.
2. Let your HDs "sleep" at night if you're not running rendering or anything that needs them.

As fro your window, fit a screen over it so the bugs don't get in and you're good to go.
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Think cooling a case, but much bigger. Introduce air flow. I live in an apartment right now. I got a good window that will open, when it gets really hot I'll open my door, go to the living room and open the door creating air flow in my room. You can feel the difference right away. Turning on the A/C and all helps but I find this to be the most cost effective method. I usually have to do this at least twice a day.

I find adding fans in the room didn't really help, it just spins the hot air that is already here. It feels cool when it hits you but still nothing like getting a stream of good air flow.
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Open windows, close blinds/curtains.
and/or buy an AC.
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turn off unnesicary devices. i usually use my ps3 for netflix, and laptop for simple browsing and gaming. only desktop when im in the mood for some serious gaming.
also helps to have air movement which while doesnt really lower the temp, makes it feel cooler. speaking of cooler, get some heat trap vents installed in the celing to expel the air into the attic.
what kind of lights do you have? some produce more heat then others.

Sadly, there are still times that temperatures reach the mid 80s in these rooms even when only one device is operating. Currently, simply running my desktop by itself (for the folding competition) has caused a single room of mine to hit 90˚F. I even have a 100W tube amp that causes whichever room its in to rise to 86˚F. It truly sucks having rooms that seem to really like keeping in heat, though at least during the Winter I can close my vents, open the windows (at <40˚F) and have a room that stays in the 70s. However, I'm going to look into that heat trap vent idea. I'm not entirely sure, but I fairly certain both rooms don't have heat trap vents installed.

As far as the lights I use, my main room uses (typically one) helical GE light bulb [fluorescent] and three halogen light bulbs (usually not on as they create a large amount of heat). The other room only has a single incandescent that is usually off, though the shades over the windows don't block much light from entering the room.
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I know you'll probably hate to hear it, but...
1. Enable all the power saving CPU stuff. Let your CPU underclock when idle.

I haven't messed with any of the power saving features on my i7-920. However, since it is overclocked to 4.2 GHz, it will only idle at 2.6 GHz tongue.gif .
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As for your window, fit a screen over it so the bugs don't get in and you're good to go.

Sweet, I got this covered smile.gif (check this off my list).
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Think cooling a case, but much bigger. Introduce air flow. I live in an apartment right now. I got a good window that will open, when it gets really hot I'll open my door, go to the living room and open the door creating air flow in my room. You can feel the difference right away. Turning on the A/C and all helps but I find this to be the most cost effective method. I usually have to do this at least twice a day.
I find adding fans in the room didn't really help, it just spins the hot air that is already here. It feels cool when it hits you but still nothing like getting a stream of good air flow.

Since the windows face opposite of each other between the rooms, and the rooms are only separated by a hallway, would it be feasible to have both the windows and doors of each room open to create an airflow between the rooms? The air flow from one room to the next would form an "L" shape, but that distance between the rooms is only five feet at most. My only concern is whether doing something like this might dilute the colder areas of the house if the doors to the rooms are open? If the air flow between the rooms aren't high enough, could it cause other rooms on the lower level to heat up (even though heat rises), thus causing the the A/C for the house to operate more?
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