Did you play the game as a child using “hot” and “cold” as cues to direct you to a hidden object? Preparation and common sense are all you need to guide you in right direction on how to prepare for warmer weather in a yurt. Here are some considerations to make sure that when the weather is getting warmer, you don’t get too hot!
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they purchase a yurt is to go with a “favorite” color, such as a dark or saturated color, for the roof and sidewalls which will have a direct effect on the heat inside the yurt. Go as light as possible – you’ll be glad you did.
The most important thing to consider is the insulation. Most people only think of it as a necessity for when it is cold. I hear, “nah, we live in Hawaii. We don’t need insulation.” Believe me when I say it’s a smart purchase for any yurt regardless of where it is going! Not only does it help regulate temperature, it provides sound deadening and helps keep the sun from penetrating the translucent walls — making sleeping past dawn impossible and projecting shadows outside at night. If you don’t include the insulation when you place your order, you’ll pay extra for shipping later, and you’ll have to remove the roof and sidewall to put the insulation on.
Also, if you know that your yurt will have direct sunlight – go with a tinted dome. Unless you have winds that come from multiple directions, go with an opening dome as well. Keeping the direct sunlight off the glass in the door can also make a huge difference – which is why the awning does more work in the summer than in the winter.
Cross-ventilation is also key, so be conscientious of window placement when placing your order.
We also offer a ceiling fan bracket that you can attach to the bottom side of the ring and run conduit up one of the rafters to it.
Where you raise the yurt on your property will also have a huge impact on the heat gain. Try to place it so that you can take advantage of shade from trees, hillslopes, or other structures. Think about planting fast growing trees on the southwest side of the yurt. Create your own oasis with sun-sails between trees with hanging (party) lights.
You might consider hanging curtains over the windows on the inside to block the sunlight. Also, you can use standing fans and AC units to move the air around. I tend to like the Mitsubishi Mini Split ductless system sized for the appropriate number of BTUs that you need. Traditional AC units can also be installed under our glass window in our custom-crafted frame.
Doing all these things you will keep your yurt substantially cooler than the guy who didn’t do any of them.