Heatwaves are Britain’s new normal – and our homes can’t stand the heat
Did you know that up to 20% of all homes in England experience overheating, according to a report by the Zero Carbon Hub? This problem is expected to become more prevalent in the future due to hotter summers.
Factors that contribute to overheating in homes:
The design of the home:
Homes that are poorly designed, such as those with large windows facing the sun, are more likely to overheat.
The materials used to build the home:
Homes that are made of materials that heat up easily, such as brick and concrete, are more likely to overheat.
The location of the home:
Homes that are located in areas that are prone to hot weather are more likely to overheat.
The occupant's behaviour:
Occupants who leave their homes with no window coverings during the day, or who use appliances that generate heat, are more likely to experience overheating.
Measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of overheating in homes:
Insulation can help to keep homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Using window coverings:
Window coverings, such as blinds, curtains, and shutters, can help to block out the sun’s rays and keep homes cooler.
Opening windows at night:
Opening windows at night, when it’s cooler outside, promotes home ventilation and maintains a cooler indoor temperature during the day.
Fans can help to circulate the air in homes and keep people cool.
Taking cool showers:
If you’re feeling hot, take a cool shower or bath.
Drinking plenty of fluids:
Staying hydrated will help you stay cool.
It’s crucial to take proactive measures to combat this issue. Internal blinds can play a significant role in reducing heat gain. Opt for blinds with a reflective finish facing the window to effectively block and reflect the sun’s rays. These blinds act as a barrier, preventing the heat from infiltrating your living spaces and keeping your home noticeably cooler.