Should You Install Air Conditioning in a Loft Conversion?

October 25, 2016 9:57 am

Lofts are usually the warmest rooms in the house – heat rises from each room, and when the insulation stops it from escaping from the roof, it tends to stay in the loft space, keeping it extremely warm even in winter.

Most of the time, you can just open the windows to let heat out, but Britain is experiencing increasingly hotter summers, which means that lofts can become quite uncomfortable when temperatures rise.

There are ways to keep lofts cool, including black out blinds and good ventilation, but Britons may need to start installing air conditioning throughout the house if temperatures continue to rise and the loft is one of the easiest places to install air conditioning. Split unit air conditioners are permanently installed and need to be mounted to an outside wall to work. When you’re converting your loft, these can be easily added to the plans without increasing the amount of time it takes to convert your loft or having a significant impact on the costs.

You can even buy air conditioning units that are disguised as picture frames, so the unit doesn’t need to take up a lot of room or look like your unsightly office air con unit.

If you are planning to spend a lot of time in the loft – particularly if it will be turned into a home office or a permanent bedroom, a good air conditioning unit can be a worthwhile investment to make it easier to sleep, concentrate, and enjoy the space without overheating.

Air conditioning is still a rarity in the UK due to the mild weather, but more Britons are looking into air conditioning units as a temporary or permanent installation to manage their home temperatures and even reduce the moisture in the air throughout the year.

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