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Do you know how to prepare your home for summer?

When the first heatwave starts and we see the arrival of summer, we once again begin talking about putting on the air conditioner in Madrid. The big amount of electricity consumption that occurs during the heatwave is one of the most striking factors.

In the last few years, greedy property builders constructed homes without taking into account proper insulation. The air conditioning system, although it is a good solution, requires a great deal of electricity consumption and, therefore, can end up hurting the pocket. Experts on the subject, however, have shown that in the city, the use of this technology can be reduced to almost zero in summer through various factors that must be taken into account by the architect to ensure thermal comfort.

Madrid - ¿Sabe cómo preparar su vivienda para el verano?

Foto: © Engel & Völkers Madrid

Among the ways to reduce cooling costs, we find, mainly, the solar orientation. If the property is south facing, during the summer, the UV rays will help increase the home's temperature. Ideally, you will want to be able to take advantage of the benefits of the sun in winter but without leaving the house overly exposed in summer.

If cross ventilation is achieved (with windows facing diagonal position), the indoor temperature can also drop considerably in the summer months. You should also take into account the possibility of mitigating the effects of the sun with an awning. Both acrylics and microperforates covers, which can be regulated from their technology, filter the UV rays and make the indoor temperature more comfortable.

Madrid - ¿Sabe cómo preparar su vivienda para el verano?

Foto: © Engel & Völkers Madrid

The insulation on the walls is another determining factor. Although it is more expensive to install, it will be more beneficial both in summer and winter as the house will be fully insulated. At this point, the quality of the windows and doors also comes into play. At present, there are two types of windows that can provide the necessary comfort and a considerable saving in electricity. On the one hand, aluminium double glazing is really airtight and provides maximum safety for the house. These types of windows are a little more expensive and better sealed. UPVC windows don't allow any air to escape from the rooms. 

Madrid - ¿Sabe cómo preparar su vivienda para el verano?

Foto: © Engel & Völkers Madrid

As we have reviewed all the factors in this article, there are many more that must be taken into account for the indoor temperature of a home to be ideal in summer. While it is true that many of these ideas will cost more, it is also important to note that the investment you make is for life, in contrast to the constant energy consumption of the air conditioners.

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28004 Madrid
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