How can I more effectively cool cooling my house by managing windows with outdoor temperature changes?
My current strategy
I open all my windows when the temperature inside the house is warmer than what the temperature is outside (I use the temperature from Accu-weather). I do the reverse when the temperature is warmer outside.
I live in northern Canada (Edmonton, Alberta) and during the mid-summer the temperature gets quite high (room+15C) between the hours of 1 to 9 PM. During the rest of the time it is generally lower than room temperature (room-5C).
Issues I have found that confuse me
- I am not always available to open/close the windows when the temperature changes (I am away from 8AM to 7PM). So effectively I am missing lots of potential house cooling time because I close my windows in advance anticipating the day's high.
- When I check the thermostat it says its hotter inside than it feels outside some times (without any wind).
- When it is windy but warm, would it be better for me to open my windows anyway or would this be counter productive in the long term. From what I could find on this, hot wind is better then not but if it is not, direct wind I assume would heat up my house even more.
- One side of my house is always in the shade, even when it is very hot outside this window always feels cooler, I wonder if I should just leave it open anyway?