Prepare your loft for Winter
The famous British winter seems to finally be breaking and reaching its coldest conditions of the season.
One thing our clients often ask is how best to keep the loft space warm? Though all of our works meet all the energy rating standards, loft conversions are still an exposed structure of the home with a high point compared to the rest of the home, specially in more exposed areas. In addition depending on when and who converted your space the energy rating may differ from house to house.
So to share the advice we have compiled these top tips to help you when the night & Days get colder…
Two of the key factors to consider is heating and insulation, so lets discuss the most obvious.
The position of your radiators, are key and should be designed in areas of the space that provide equal amount of heat. Often they look unseemly when placed on specific walls and are always getting in the way of your lovely furniture, but without strategic placement they will cause those nasty ‘cold spots’ which impact the heating and temperature of the whole room. Feature radiators can also support this aim but often providing more stylize designs and larger units that can heat the air higher up in your loft, much like a towel radiator would. Likewise, think amount reconfiguring the room to allow the heat to dissipate unrestricted. Often we can restrict the heat flow with our furniture and possessions.
Underfloor-heating, especially in bathrooms and ensuites is a consideration that will allow the heating of the room from below, as heat rises it will naturally warm the entire space evenly, which is especially comforting on those frost feet mornings!
- Insulation - Windows
Windows can the major source of heat loss in your loft. The units as well as the glazing inside can make all the difference. Using modern double and even triple glazing units will retain the heat in the winter, which not only maintains your inside temperature, but will save you money over the season. We only install approved energy rating windows that are compliant with building regulations for insulation. They come in wide varieties of styles to suit your home as well as in built electric blind functions and in built heating.
We also recommending ventilating your room with the supplied air vents rather than opening the window, as this will provide you will the natural air circulation, but without the added heat loss.
The flooring makes a big difference, consider the impact on your feet that a tile that absorbs low temperatures might have compared to a carpet that will provide further insulation. We provide varied options and advice for floor pre and post completion that will be suitable stylistically and for insulation purpose. Durability is a key factor as well as the function. In traditional London homes floors were constructed from natural wood, which over time, depending on conditions can create gaps, wind flow and….. you guessed it a loss of heat.
- Warm Furnishings
Much like the flooring, your furnishings have an impact, not just on the look and feel of the room, but also the absorption of heat. Soft furnishings, bedding, rugs, bed throws not only give a great feel, but also have far better heat absorption than metals and stones. Our design consultants can help you create the space for you for support this aim, and our interior designer will provide you with the inspiration to achieve it.
- Roof Insulation
Effective roof insulation crucial in keeping the heat in during spells of inclement weather. Poor insulation can lead to the creation of mould, condensation and heat loss. We are committed to supplying performance rated insulation. This will provide heat and savings for your loft space
These are the general rules for winter, but for more specific advice our teams of surveyors can help guide you to practical solutions for your home.