How to Get Your Loft Conversion Ready for Summer

May 21, 2015 10:41 am

summertime

Summer is a fantastic time to be outdoors in the sunshine, but it can have the opposite effect on your indoor climate. Since temperatures are soaring and air conditioning isn’t the norm in the UK, indoor spaces often end up feeling humid and stuffy. Since heat rises, it’s especially important to keep your loft conversion cool and comfortable during the hotter months.

Keep Air Circulating

This is the simplest part – keeping the air in your house fresh and moving stops the rooms from feeling too stuff and makes the room feel cooler. Windows in loft conversions tend to let in more of a breeze since there are fewer things to stop the wind at that elevation. Be careful not to leave windows open overnight or while you’re out (even on the hottest day, it can still rain!), but letting some air circulate throughout the day is an excellent way to improve the room comfort.

Reduce Dust

Heat and humidity help dust mites thrive and can have a huge impact on allergies, home comfort, and asthma. While cleaning can sometimes trigger allergic symptoms since dust is more likely to be inhaled at that point, it’s important to dust more frequently in hot and humid temperatures. You can also reduce household humidity by buying a dehumidifier, which can kill off the dust mites if the humidity is kept at under 51%.

Shield from Direct Sunlight

With heat rising from the rest of the house and sunlight heating the room through windows, loft conversions can feel incredibly hot in summer if they’re not properly managed. Luckily, Velux makes a number of blinds that reflect sunlight and completely block it out to stop the room from overheating while you’re out. Just fit the blind and keep it down when you’re out of the room.

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