Let’s be honest, we all like the idea of living in a home with luxuriously high ceilings and plenty of windows to let plenty of natural light in. This creates the illusion of having more open space, giving the house a natural feel to it. However, if you live in such a house, aesthetics aside, you likely have to put a lot of effort into maintaining a temperate environment in your living spaces. This is all fine and well during the summer months where heat rises through the high ceilings and is absorbed through the windows to cool down living spaces; but how easy is it to manage a comfortable environment in the winter months when the last thing you want is to have heat escape from your home?
At the core of understanding how the design of your ceiling can affect the temperature of your home, is the concept of radiant temperature. This is heat supplied from radiant sources such as the sun, fires and even human bodies. It is this type of heat that keeps us warm-blooded mammals the most comfortable; but it is also this type of heat which is absorbed through open air and windows. With this in mind, you can already start figuring out how the relationship between high ceilings, large windows and radiant heat all conspire to create certain levels of comfort (or rather a lack thereof during the winter months) in your home.
The Trouble with High Ceilings
Yes, high ceilings do add a certain aesthetic element to the design of your home; and perhaps more importantly, contribute to cooling your home during the hot months of the year. However, when it comes to retaining heat, they do very little, and this is the case for a number of reasons. The first reason concerns simple physics. Hot air, as we all learned in primary school science classes, rises. In homes with high ceilings, this can make it next to impossible to create a situation where heat amounts in the lower sections of the home. Generally, any heat present in a home with high ceilings will likely stay near the top, leaving the lower pockets of air frigid. The second reason for this, is that high ceilings generally leave no space for internal insulation, which is a crucial solution for retaining heat to maintain temperate indoor conditions. Generally, cladding would be put behind ceiling tiles in the space between the ceiling and the roof; with high, cathedral-style ceilings, this isn’t always an option.
Prepare for Winter
If you are in the process of designing a home, then you should realise that we are, as is the case each year, in for another brutal winter. Prepare yourself now by designing it with a ceiling provided by Supertec Ceilings. Contact one of our representatives to find out more about our services, or visit our website for further details.