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Cooling Your Tent With An Air Conditioner

by April Carlson

Depending on the part of the world you will be camping in, it might be nearly impossible to stay comfortable during those hot summer months. Tents can be placed in the shade or can be placed in a location that faces a breeze. But this will often not be enough to keep the tent cool on the hottest days. The good news is that there are air conditioners that can remove heat and humidity from a tent. 

Other Options

In a moderate climate, there are some options available that are less expensive than using an AC unit.You can use battery-powered fans. Thee are enough to generate a breeze that can help keep your tent feeling cool. Ice cooler fans can circulate air that is much cooler and are ideal for spot cooling. However, the air that is blown is humid and this can make the situation worse in hot and humid climates. There are also evaporative coolers, which evaporate a water mist and are ideal for semi-arid conditions. However, these options are often not enough to keep a tent cool and safe. 

Choosing The Right Type Of Air Conditioner

Window air conditioners are preferred by campers and tend to be the most effective. However, they do have some limitations. They must be mounted through a window, wall or doorway, so they are make-shift for tenting. Portable air conditioning units are easier to use. However, they are more expensive and are heavier, so they may be very detrimental to a camping experience. 

Sizing The AC Unit

The majority of campers will need a 5000 BTU AC unit. This is designed for a family-sized tent. A large tent will need a 6000 BTU AC unit. Oversized cabin tents that must be cooled on exceptionally hot days will need a 7000 BTU AC unit. To get the most out of your AC unit, pitch your tent in a shaded location. Ideally, look for a location where there are a lot of trees. Tent air conditioners, like most AC units, can consume a sizable amount of energy. Therefore, you will need to find a camp site that provides a 120-volt power source.  

Keeping a tent cool is not only about comfort, but also about safety. Those camping in a hot tent are placed at risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Therefore, it is important to contact AC services for tent air conditioners if you would absolutely love to camp even on the hottest days.