Why is our house cold upstairs and hot downstairs?

John Conlin / 26 May 2017

Our 1960s house is cold upstairs, too hot downstairs and we don’t know what to do about it



Question

We recently bought a 1960s house. It is open plan downstairs, with an open staircase leading to first floor bedrooms with dormer windows.

Although the central heating works, it is always cold upstairs whilst downstairs is far too hot. Any suggestions?

Answer

You have given two clues to a possible explanation. In the 1960s loft and roof insulation was not routinely installed. ‘Dormer windows’ suggests that at least part of the ceilings of the first floor rooms will be sloping as they will form the underside of the roof.  Hence, with no insulation, there will be significant heat loss. The simplest solution is to line the walls and ceilings on the first floor with insulating plasterboard (plasterboard with a bonded layer of foam insulation) which can be fixed to the existing surfaces using a universal building adhesive.



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