UK homes suffer more in heatwaves

UK homes gain heat more quickly than their European counterparts during heatwaves, a new study by home climate management company tado has shown.

The research was conducted in more than 60,000 UK homes this summer and showed that, when the temperature indoors is 20°C and outdoors is 30°C and sunny, the average UK home gains 4.9°C over three hours. This compares with 2.2°C in Italy, Spain and Germany. Within the UK, Scottish homes saw the highest temperatures, rising by 5.6°C.

The age of UK housing stock could be a factor, with around 38% of British homes dating from before 1946.

“Our study shows the degree to how homes react to outdoor temperatures and solar radiation,” said tado co-founder and chief procurement officer, Christian Deilmann. “As heat waves become more common, residents will increasingly turn to air conditioning to maintain comfortable temperatures.”

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