26 Feb Controlling light and heat in your converted loft
The latest British summer might have turned out to be a bit of a damp squib – now there’s a surprise – but if you’re going to have your loft converted, you need to make sure you’re ready for the heat when it does arrive. Getting the ventilation and lighting right is important for a successful loft conversion. After all, converted loft space that’s either too dark or too light – or too warm or too cold – isn’t going to be an enjoyable place to spend time. Because warm air rises, your loft is likely to be warmer than the rest of the house. You need to bear this in mind when designing your loft conversion.
Keeping it ventilated
Good ventilation is crucial to keeping your converted loft cool and comfortable. Ventilation flaps can help to enhance the flow of air, allowing warm air to exit the roof space and regulating the temperature more effectively. The exact method of ventilation used will depend on the design of your home’s roof, though. A loft conversion specialist will take you through the appropriate ventilation solutions available when you come to discuss your project.
Choosing the right windows for your converted loft can also make a big difference to ventilation. The windows you incorporate into your loft conversion will depend on your budget – skylights are fairly inexpensive, but dormer windows cost more as more work needs to be done to accommodate them. A Juliet balcony is another option which would allow you to let more cool air into the loft as and when you felt the need to.
Windows can however also be a major source of heat loss, so you’ll need high-performance double or triple-glazed windows to avoid this problem. While lofts do, as we mentioned earlier, tend to be slightly warmer than lower levels of the home, heat loss can still make them chilly in the winter.
Letting the light in
Natural light can make a converted loft space feel much more homely and welcoming than it might be otherwise. Harnessing natural light effectively will make your loft much more pleasant, which is just what you need if you’re planning to spend plenty of time in there. Roof windows tend to let more light in than conventional vertical windows, but that’s not the end of the matter. You’ll need to consider the position and orientation of your loft windows to make the most of the natural light. Think about how you decorate it, too – use whites and blues to create an airy atmosphere.
These are all matters you can talk through with an expert. It’s essential to seek a specialist’s opinion before you get to work on your loft conversion – this should help you get the design just right and iron out any snags. At Econoloft, we’re always happy to talk you through every aspect of our loft conversion. Just get in touch with our friendly and helpful team of experts to find out more.