Protecting your Garden room from extreme temperatures
Garden Rooms can be enjoyed throughout the year, but the recent announcement by the met office of the extreme temperatures hitting the UK means you should take steps to keep the temperature of your garden room down. This will ensure that when you do want to use it, it will be a comfortable environment and not like an oven.
Most Garden Rooms are built in a way that retain heat. They can feature less ventilation and can often be dark colours. This will absorb heat and quickly raise the internal temperature with no means for the heat to escape. Even when the sun has gone, the increased temperature may keep your room uncomfortable.
Thankfully, there are many practical steps that can stop the temperature from rising in the first place. In addition, these steps can allow heat to escape quickly. Now, some of these should be taken into account during the construction phase, but others can easily be implemented once it is built.
When you think of insulation, you are likely to think it is to keep the building warm during winter. However, insulation can have similar benefits through the summer as well. Therefore, ensure your discuss insulation at the building stage of your garden room.
Good insulation should sort heat issues straight away by giving you more control over the climate inside. In fact, Garden rooms with black felt roofs can often heat the wood inside, making them hot to the touch. Therefore, we recommend insulating the walls and the roof where heat can be transferred. Oakston Garden Rooms come with insulation as standard.
Use a solar reflective film
On most Garden rooms, large glass windows and doors are often installed in order to let in plenty of sunlight. The issue is, they can also build up the temperature inside. Especially if closed. Covering windows with curtains and blinds are one way, but if you want to still create the feeling of being outdoors, then you could try a solar reflective film. This gives a mirrored appearance to external glass, and can also provide additional privacy when inside.
Choose a lighter colour for your outside
It is well known that different colours absorb heat whilst lighter colours reflect the heat. These lighter colours ensure the effect of increased heat is minimised. Alternatively, you could opt for a cedar wood room as wood is an excellent thermal insulator. This is an important characteristic since good thermal insulators help keep buildings cool in the summer and reduce heating costs in the winter.
Here at Oakstons, we offer 23 different types of our James Hardie cladding, giving you a great selection to choose from in order to keep your room cool during the summer.
Set up a fan or AC unit
Should you room become too hot and stuffy. Using a fan or an AC unit can create a cooler room and keep us more comfortable. However, using theme in extreme temperatures are going to see little noticeable benefit.
The other solution is Air conditioning or heat pump units. These are becoming increasingly popular for garden rooms all year round. They also remove the need to open doors and windows which can eliminate the noise from outside.
While this may sound like an expensive investment, systems are increasingly becoming more affordable and may reduce your running costs in the long term as well. Many systems can also use heat pumps to warm up a garden building in the winter. Heat pumps are considerably lower cost to run compared with electric heaters and make a great solution for always achieving the perfect indoor temperature.
Place vents high up
Ventilation is key to any Garden Room. By placing vents in the right place you can allow the air to escape and reduce the stuffiness you may experience from warm moist air.
You should consider that when the sun is shining down, the temperature will build up inside your room and without an escape it will become hot. Therefore, installing a passive ventilation system is a quick fix and can make a big difference. Wall vents are quick and easy to install and if placed in the right place it allows the air to escape as it rises.
Create shade around your Garden Room.
You should also consider creating a shade around your Garden Room. When extreme temperatures hit, preventing the sun from reaching your building can be key. One recommendation is to install your room in a location that provided some protection from the sunlight for some length of time. This should give the room a rest on the hottest days and give the room change to cool.
If you have already picked your location, you could consider planting tall plants or bushes near by as that will give you some protection.