Economical Portable Heating May Be All You Need To Heat Your Loft
If you’re planning a loft conversion, or already have one and are thinking of how to heat it, then various options are available at various price points and disruption levels. Of course, the key factor is what use the loft conversion is being put to; if it’s acting as a storage area then full heating may not be necessary, and even an ‘occasional’ bedroom may not warrant major heating provisions.
What the loft conversion is to be used for and what basic steps can be taken to conserve heat are two basic considerations.
Purpose of conversion – is it for regular, occasional or seasonal use? If it’s an extra bathroom, then very possibly a towel heater might provide enough general heat especially if it’s a smaller shower room.
If it’s a smaller box-type extra bedroom, then is it going to be worth extending the central heating system to heat it when simpler methods might suffice?
Heat conservation – warm air rises, so areas higher in the property such as the loft will benefit naturally from heat coming from heated areas below. It’s a main reason why lofts are insulated; to prevent heat from below rising into an often empty space.
While warm air rises, it will soon exit through the roof if it’s not insulated or levels of insulation aren’t very efficient so this will need some thought – and may be all that’s required to retain heat generated from below. In any event, there’s also a requirement to insulate a loft conversion to a certain standard.
Extending the central heating
It may seem the obvious solution, but think carefully as it may be the proverbial ‘sledgehammer to crack a walnut’ measure if you’re not careful.
Expense and upheaval – even if it’s possible to add one or two radiators, it’s still a major undertaking and significant expense to run pipes to the loft and plumb in more radiators. Bear in mind they’ll take up space, so if your conversion has only created a small area be aware of this.
Possibility of your heating not being up to the task – your boiler may not be up to the task of supplying more radiators which will be situated that much farther away than the others. Consequently you could be looking at a boiler upgrade which turns the adaptation of your heating into a major and expensive project.
Tubular heater options
To boost the background heat, or maybe provide background heat that could be boosted by the occasional use of a convention heater or similar, you could consider tube heaters which offer a compact and very cheap to run solution.
As their name suggests, they’re a tube shaped heater and are very popular in providing background heat in larger cupboards, conservatories and other smaller spaces. They can be run for fractions of a penny per hour, start at less than £30 each to buy, and can be supplied with optional timers so heat can be programmed to come on as and when required. They can be plugged in with a three pin plug or permanently wired into the mains electricity supply.
They’re easy to fit and, if more than one is required, can be specified with brackets and linking kits so as to be tidily fitted into the space. In conjunction with a well-insulated roof, you could find this is all the heating you need.
Consider needs carefully
As the above illustrates, you may not need to go to the expense of extending your central heating system and run the risk of it costing more than you might have thought possible. Careful insulation and investing in a few tubular heaters may be as much as you need do to comfortably heat your loft.