How To Cool A Loft

How To Cool A Loft

Lofts which are found directly under the roof are the closest part of the building to the sun. It is no wonder they receive the most heat and can get rather stuffy and uncomfortable, especially during summer. Following the conventionalrule, when there is a build-up of heat in a building, it tends to rise to greater heights — in this case, it is the loft space. The build-up of heat in the loft, causes the open-air mass to be trapped, which in turn rises to the ceiling and stalls there.

Excessive heat in the loft is inadvisable, so it should be cooled off. To keep the loft cool, one must either prevent the heat from entering or evacuate the already present heat in the loft, which is commonly done with the help of loft air-conditioning.

Here are a couple of other efficient ways to cool your loft;

  1. Windows

As stated above, you can keep your loft cool by preventing the entrance of excessive heat. This can be done by blocking sunlight or at least limiting its entrance in a building. Usually, the sunlight is targeted on loft windows facing it. This is bad for the cooling process because heat radiates through the glass, and in no time, the floor of the loft is absorbing this heat. Even after the sun is no longer targeted on the window, the floor shares the absorbed warmth in the room, keeping it constantly hot.

By using blinds and shades on the windows, you can reduce the absorption of warmth in the room. There are specially insulated drapes that can be very helpful in this prevention technique. Also, the exterior of the windows can be screened or covered with exterior shutters. This will go a long way in preventing heat from entering the loft.

  1. Insulation

You can conduct a heat test on the loft room area to ascertain the areas that are receiving a high amount of heat. By placing thermometers on ceilings and floors, you can read the points of high temperatures. If you discover that the ceiling is a major source of heating, you can insulate by adding thin sheets of insulation foam between the rafters of the roof. Some lofts are built in a way that allows a DIY project from someone with a little experience.

However, if your loft is quite complicated, or really high, then kindly get a professional to help you with the insulation process. These insulation ceilings can equally help to keep the home warm in winter by preventing the escape of heated air.

  1. Ventilation

By creating good ventilation, there is a higher circulation of air in the building, and this can be very helpful. Ceiling fans, as well as air conditioner for loft, can be useful for this process. Adding a central cooling system will make the process even faster.  A certain evaporating effect is created in the room, causing air to move faster, producing cool air. For loft windows that are left open and in opposite directions, a portable fan can be used to draw cool air from the exterior surrounding into the room, and push warm air from the interior to the outside.

  1. Proper planning

Some activities carried out in the home can be a trigger for hot air in the loft. For instance, activities like laundry, dishwashing, baking, and other activities that run on heat-generating appliances only increase the level of heat in the loft of a building. It would be a wise idea to perform these activities on cooler days and months.

If it must be done on a hot day, then one can at least move them till the evening when the weather is always cooler. Activities like physical exercise sessions should be done early before the sun rises fully. When you work out in the sun, your body heat, in addition to a hot shower, can get the loft heated up easily. You can also choose to leave your windows open in the early hours of the morning to allow an in-flow of the cool, morning breeze, and then close the windows once it gets close to noon. 

By properly planning your daily activities, you can notice a visible change in the temperature of your loft.

At Thermacool Services, we deliver excellent loft air-conditioning service. We are incredibly reliable, and we perform exceptional services. Contact us by calling 020 7738 8666, and we will be glad to help.

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