B12 - Comfort Spaces

You can fit out areas of your house in simple, low-tech, low energy ways and at relatively low cost to make your home more comfortable in winter and summer.

Work with what is in place currently to create a 'warm corner' or a 'cool corner'.

The basic approach is to design a room or area that will stay warmer or cooler than the rest of the house and that will be easier to keep at the desired temperature. To make this happen, you will need to focus on:

Before you make any changes, you may want to ensure that any existing insulation in your home is working well or consider installing insulation, especially in the ceiling and under the floor. Even though insulation can be costly, it makes your home easier and cheaper to heat and retains heat, thus saving you money. Insulation also helps to keep your home cooler in summer (see B9 Insulation).

The warm corner

For winter, the recommended temperature for your living room/area is 18°C - 20°C. With or without full home insulation, you can create a snug corner in a room or area of your home that is naturally warmer than other areas. This could be the existing living room, your kitchen, your bedroom or even a spare room that is north facing for the sun.

Things to do

The cool corner

To make a cool corner and to generally reduce heat levels in your home:

Pros

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What do I need in order to take this option?

Could this option limit my future choices?

No, improving comfort will help you to stay in your home for longer.

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