London (PRWEB UK) 8 May 2013
Attic/Loft conversions are growing in popularity as a means to provide extra living space without the need for house extensions. However, one common problem is that, positioned at the top of the dwelling, they can become uncomfortably warm.
iClimate solutions has recently solved this problem for many residents by installing air conditioning units throughout London. The diagram illustrates how customers’ units can be vented out, with an example of outside vents designed for a London mews property's sloping roof.
Most of the heat generated in a home is coming from the roof and the attic, adding heat gain to the upper levels.
There are several reasons for air conditioning installation in an attic/loft space. Cold air flows downward and hot air rises. Forced air systems with the air handler or furnace in the basement must raise the air to the upper levels, which are the warmest areas of the house. This is very difficult for the system, and the upper levels of most air-conditioned homes experience unsatisfactory cooling.
Most people desire cool homes for sleeping, and bedrooms are often located on the upper levels. Cooling from the attic benefits a home by conditioning the air at the source of greatest heat gain. The attic/loft air conditioning systems recently installed by iClimate cool the top levels of a home first, relieving any concern for uncomfortable nights. Cold air flows downward with gravity, thus ensuring that the lower levels of a home will never be too warm. iClimate offers two specific types of attic home air conditioning systems; low velocity and high velocity.
When finishing an attic/loft, the biggest question of the day is how to install the heating and cooling systems. Because the temperature of the attic can rise easily above 100 degrees in the summer, having a working cooling system during summer and a heating system during winter is a must if the room would be usable at all.
Keeping the current HVAC system
Clients can keep using the old system to pump cold/hot air into the newly finished attic room, if a home already has ducts running effectively throughout the house and in the attic/loft also. However, one would need to take into account whether the old system is powerful enough to cover new areas without losing efficiency. An iClimate engineer could visit a property to provide the owner with a HVAC inspection. A good number of builders who construct new homes usually do not put in a HVAC system more powerful than its requirements for the completed rooms. In most cases, the old system will not run sufficiently enough to cool or heat.
Installing a Robust New HVAC
If it’s important for the new attic room to be adequately cooled and heated for its occupant(s), a better option would be to buy a new, more vigorous HVAC system to integrate the new, extra space in the house.
For those that have a hot, uncomfortable room there is only so much that can be done. They can try to keep the heat out by adding either a radiant barrier, insulation, attic ventilation or sealing open chase ways. Additonally, more heat could be extracted by adding more airflow, usually with larger ducts or additional air conditioning returns.
For more information on iClimate’s services, please visit http://www.iclimate.co.uk/