Heatwaves and hot homes

This summer’s long spell of hot weather has raised questions about overheating and its effect on us all at home.

In the UK we’re used to living in, and dealing with, a relatively cool climate. We use insulation and double glazing to seal in heat and keep out draughts for example.

We’re getting better at saving energy, cutting our household bills and reducing carbon emissions for the good of the environment.

But if we are heading for hotter summers in the future1, we could be facing a new challenge, this time for keeping our homes cool and comfortable.

Overheating at home?

The optimum temperature for most rooms is 18°C. But a cool environment is more than just a matter of comfort. Higher indoor temperatures are known to affect how well children learn2 and how well we sleep; hot rooms can also harm the health of vulnerable people3.

Overheated bedrooms and living areas can be uncomfortable, but we still see hot weather as a rare and temporary phenomenon in the UK. However, the latest climate projections4 show our summers are likely to get hotter, with more frequent and more severe heatwaves in the future.

The solution is insulation

The UK’s older buildings were not constructed to deal with weeks – or months – of sweltering hot weather. But did you know that the same solution that keeps homes warmer can also help keep them cooler?

Wall and Loft insulation don’t just prevent heat from escaping, they’re equally effective at stopping heat5 from entering your home. Insulation prevents heat transmission, so it’s the perfect way to regulate your property’s internal temperature6.

With predicted long hot summers ahead, Government legislation could also drive landlords and building owners to install insulation to help keep their tenants cooler.

Stay cool, stay energy efficient

Contact us now to find out why insulation isn’t just good for the cold winter months – it’s also a great solution to keep your home comfortable during future hot weather.

Whether you’re a homeowner or renting, insulation can improve the year-round comfort of your property.

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