With the weather in the UK expected to reach all time highs this week, how do you stop your home overheating?
With the steady rise in temperatures this week you might have noticed just how warm your property can get. Are you wondering how to stop your home overheating?
This summer has seen equal temperatures to that of 1976, however over the next few days the mercury may even hit 40 degrees in some areas!
But whilst we Brits all love a bit of sun, it can create some downsides. Unlike continental locations, UK properties usually aren’t constructed in a way that leaves them equipped to handle hot temperatures like these.
The good news is that we can all help make a difference and here at CLPM, our sustainability and heating advice experts can help you play your part. Making smart decisions about the fabric and infrastructure of your property can improve the energy performance of your home, improve its comfort and reduce your carbon emissions.
So, what can we do to make our homes more comfortable during the heatwave!
Other than taking cold showers and using a fan, here are some tips and ideas to keep your home cooler and stop your home overheating.
1. Close the windows and draw the curtains
To keep your house cool, it is key to keep the hot air out. This does mean keeping windows closed during the day when the sun is out, particularly south-facing homes.
It is also a good idea to keep the curtains drawn and the blinds down, this will keep the sun and heat out during the day.
In the evening when the temperature drops, you can open up your windows to let the cool air flow through.
2. Try to create a breeze through the house
Although contradicting point one, you may have a garage door, or a window that is not in direct sunlight that can be left ajar. Ideally at opposing sides of the house, as this will create a gentle breeze.
3. Cook outside
Reduce the heat created in the kitchen by cooking outside, or try to plan meals so that you don’t need to use the oven during the day. A microwave or grill will give off less heat than a traditional oven.
4. Use a dehumidifier or place bowls of water around the room
A dehumidifier helps to remove excess moisture from the air, which in turn leaves you feeling cooler in hot temperatures. Equally, leaving a few bowls of water around the room can cool down temperatures, but remember they will need changing as they heat up.
5. Try to use less energy. Switch off appliances and use low energy lightbulbs
Change to LED light bulbs as these give off less heat than traditional bulbs. Equally, switch off any appliances that are unused or on standby. Any that are left on will create heat.
6.Choose Your Bed Linens Carefully
Sleeping can be difficult, so to reduce heat in the bedroom choose lightweight cotton bedding. This material is breathable and will promote airflow and ventilation in the bedroom.
There are a lots of things you can do to future proof your home to prevent it overheating in future summers.
Whether you’re looking to improve your existing property or to build a new home.
1. Improve Your Insulation
You might just think of insulation as a way of keeping your home warm during for the colder months. It is equally important to think about insulation for the summer as well. Insulation can help to stop your home overheating. It keeps your house warm by preventing the heat from escaping the building through the walls, however it also can work the other way around by stopping heat from entering too.
If you have a loft or attic, it’s quite likely you’ve found you can’t spend a lot of time up there in the summer months – because of just how hot and stuffy it can get. That’s because the materials of most UK roofs absorb heat, which can then transfer to the space below- i.e your loft or top floor bedrooms.
While overheating might be seen as an occasional irritation, the Met Office is predicting that hot summers like that of the past few years will become more common, so you would be wise to check your plans. Make sure you can keep your home cool through the summer – by checking, and if possible improving, your roof or loft insulation levels. Always remember if you’re considering a building project which includes converting your loft space then insulation is a very important detail to get right.
Note. If you have a large or more complex property reviewing your insulations needs can be complicated. If so then it’s a good idea to get expert, impartial advice to make sure you get it right. CLPM’s sustainability team can check the energy performance of your home and offer practical advice on how to better regulate its internal temperature. So you can keep your home cooler in the summer months, and cut your winter fuel biils too.
2. Consider Your Home’s Airtightness
Getting the balance right between airtightness and ventilation can stop your home overheating. Controlling the air moving in and out of your home can be another way of keeping it cool in summer, and warm in winter. But only if that home has been properly designed with its uses and situation in mind.
As a general rule, most UK homes are quite leaky, especially older properties. But while air leaks cause unwanted cold draughts through the winter, they can also help ventilate your home on a hot day.
By contrast a very airtight home needs to be designed in such a way to prevent it getting stuffy and overheating – for example with sufficient overhang on glazing or shutters to prevent solar gain – as well as windows that can open and close. It may also need a mechanical ventilation system. Whatever the situation it’s a good idea to get advice, as if you get it wrong a very airtight building can seriously overheat.
3. Energy-efficient windows
The biggest up-side to energy-efficient windows is that they keep the heat inside your home. So when you have the heating on during winter, you’re not losing energy to the outside world. But, during summer, did you know they’re also better at keeping the sun’s heat outside?
4. Reduce Your Home’s Solar Gain
While it is nice to live in a home which is flooded with light. A lot of glazing can cause problems. Glass can allow up to 10 times more heat into your home than an insulated wall. This solar gain – which is an increase in the thermal energy of a space as it absorbs radiation from the sun – can be a major issue.
Our experts can help review your architectural plans. Their advice can help you make informed decisions and stop your home overheating. The location, sizing and orientation of your windows need to be considered carefully to avoid your home over-heating in the future. Good architectural design – for example with overhangs or selecting the right types of glazing – can prevent solar gain from becoming an issue.
However if your home does have a tendency to overheat then there are a number of things you can do to help keep your home cool. If your windows face south you can help reduce solar gain by shutting blinds and curtains during the day to keep out the heat. In addition it is a good idea to close the doors to of your unused rooms during the day. This will help you stop any hot air permeating through the house. In the evening open the doors and windows to let the cool air in.
5. Turn Off Appliances
We can not recommend this enough.
Most appliances create heat when they’re switched on or left on standby. By switching off appliances such as TV, lights, mobile phone chargers, game consoles, laptops etc. you will reduce the additional heat. This will help stop your home overheating and save money on your electricity bill too.
CLPM – Helping Future Proof Your Home
Investing in home improvements or planning a major building project? It makes sense to have an expert check that your plans. They can help them be the best they can be – for now and the future. The best homes are built in such a way to be warm in the winter, and cool in the summer, with minimal running costs. CLPM can advise you on how to stop your home overheating. Our team can help make sure your property is built with this in mind.
If you’d like to find out more about what we do and how we can stop your home overheating then do get in touch.
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