How to Beat the Heat – Are you prepared for hotter summers?

16 July 2019

Things are hotting up…

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This summer is set to be a scorcher, with meteorologists saying that last month was the Earth’s hottest June ever recorded. 

And it’s hard to argue. An unprecedented heatwave swept across Europe, while here in the UK, Glastonbury, the festival famous for being a wet mud bath, has been referred to as a dust plain, with temperatures peaking  at 28.3C. Bookmakers at Ladbrokes have now cut the odds on July 2019 also being the hottest on record as temperatures continue to soar – bookies making it a 4/6 shot, down from 10/11.

What’s more, analysis by the World Weather Attribution group suggests that the extreme heat experienced over the past month has become at least 10 times (potentially 100 times!) more likely since 1900. 

 

How prepared are we for heat in the UK?

Brits are known for loving to talk about the weather, and when we get a bit of sunshine, we’re the first to light a barbeque or head to the beach – but we aren’t necessarily accustomed to dealing with high temperatures over long periods of time.

In the UK, meteorologists believe our climate is heading towards being more like Mediterranean and that we need to start thinking about these changes in day to day practices and even the design of our homes.

Warm and humid conditions can make our homes really stuffy and uncomfortable to be in. In addition to making it difficult to sleep, such conditions can have serious health implications, particularly for the elderly, young people and those with chronic illnesses. 

To ensure we can withstand spells of hot weather and live comfortably in our homes it’s worth thinking about regulation of home temperatures when carrying out renovation or extension projects. Unbeknown to many, quality insulation can have a significant impact on keeping the temperature of your home cool in the summer – as well as keeping it warm in winter months. 

 

Regulating temperature in your home

Made from volcanic rock that is spun into stone wool, ROCKWOOL insulation boasts a range of excellent benefits that can help regulate the temperature in your home.

The random strands of wool orientation and pockets of air trapped within the physical structure of stone wool make it an excellent insulator and will help regulate fluctuations in temperature outside, so you can live comfortably year-round.

ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation is proven to be extremely energy efficient and can reduce energy consumption by up to 70 per cent. Investing in quality insulation will help you save energy in summer and winter, after all, if you have quality insulation that keeps your home cool, there’s less chance you will need to pay for the energy to power fans or air conditioning systems.

Climate change could mean many more hot summers but also some increasingly cold winters, the weather is expected to be much more unpredictable. By choosing a quality insulation for your renovation or extension project you can be confident in living more comfortably, save yourself money, and even increasing the future resale value of your home. 

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