If you’ve managed to pull off a luxury loft conversion this winter, congratulations! Expanding your home like this is a surefire way to increase value and make the most of your space. With a conversion like this, even a house which felt small can become a vast home for a large family.
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[ctt template=”4″ link=”u1_69″ via=”yes” ]Anyone who’s spent time any real time in an attic on a sunny day will know that things can get pretty warm. Here are some things to help lower the heat in your loft.[/ctt]
There is, of course, one issue. A conversion done during the winter months likely had a real focus on keeping the place warm. That means insulation, radiators, and anything else you could come up with. But, summer is on the way now. As such, you’ll face a whole new worry altogether; how do you make an attic livable when the weather heats up?
Anyone who’s spent any real time in an attic on a sunny day will know that things can get pretty warm. This is mainly due to those high levels of insulation, and the fact that heat rises. In no time, the space can become stifling and unbearable. And, that could ruin your conversion efforts. That is, of course, unless you install the following ideas before the sun makes its appearance.
The majority of attic conversions include skylights. If yours doesn’t, this is worth thinking about. Admittedly, windows like these can increase the greenhouse-like heat that many attics experience. But, opening them up can go a long way towards solving that problem. In fact, skylights are fantastic at keeping air flow going. This will help to reduce that horrible stuffy sensation. What’s more, it’s possible to open these windows much further than many traditional options. As such, you can be sure to catch as much of a breeze as possible. And, that’ll make a huge difference when the sun is sizzling the person that is using the space.
Of course, when you really want to cool things down, it doesn’t get much better than air conditioning. One of these units in your loft would be ideal for days when even your skylights can’t catch a breeze. Models from companies like OGeneral would work well, as they produce options you can mount on your ceiling. Bear in mind, too, that you’ll want to keep on top of maintenance with this. The last thing you want is to turn it on when the heat is unbearable, and find that it’s no longer working!
It’s also worth considering some ceiling fans. Again, this option is all about airflow. You could choose ceiling fans instead of air con units if you don’t fancy rigging them up. Or, you could opt for a mixture of both to make sure you can really cool things down when you need to. Bear in mind that fans like these may not be the best choice for low-ceiling conversions. But, if you have the room to make use of this option, it’s well worth looking into. As well as keeping things cool, decorative fan blades, pull cords or light covers on the ceiling fan could look fantastic, too. If it’s functional and stunning, it’s got to be worth your time.
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