Too Hot, Too cold? Perfecting climate control at home.
With the ever-changing British weather, it can be difficult to get the temperature in your home just right.
The best way to cope with this problem is to implement ways to control the temperature in your home.
1. Portable air conditioning
In the UK it’s rare for homes to have air conditioning built in, but during the summer portable air conditioning units can make a big difference to keeping your room cool. They are now available in easily moveable sizes and modern designs which can match the look of your home. Alternatively if you’re on a budget, you should consider a portable industrial fan.
2. Remote thermostat
A great way to control the central heating in your house or flat is with a remote thermostat. No longer do you need to have an ugly thermostat on your wall, or have to open up the airing cupboard to change adjust the temperature in your home. Thanks to the invention of remote thermostats, now available from most big electrical stores, you can warm or cool your house without even moving!
If you have air vents built into your house, it’s likely the first floor gets much hotter than the ground floor in the winter, and the opposite is true in the summer. To control this, you can use the dampers (small metal switches) attached to the air ducts. Turn off the second floor dampers in the winter to close the air vents, and turn them back on in the summer to open up the vents encourage air to spread freely around the house.
4. Zoned heating and cooling
A relatively new product you can get for your home is a heating system which is controlled by a different thermostat in each room. If you want one room to be cooler but another to be warmer, you can simply adjust the settings on the separate thermostats. This is very useful for a house with multiple floors or special feature rooms such as a solarium, loft or basement.
In the winter there are several clever ways to reduce heat loss in your house or flat, meaning you can save money on your gas bill. Heat typically escapes through the roof, windows, and through gaps around the door. This heat loss can be reduced with drought excluders, double glazing and by closing curtains during the night.
You should also look at improving the insulation of your home, either loft insulation or cavity wall insulation.