‘Needs to stop’ Kirstie Allsopp warns of ‘catastrophic’ problem with UK housing

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Location, Location, Location star Kirstie Allsopp has taken to Twitter once again to share her property knowledge. On Thursday, Kirstie said she had noticed “more and more” homes in the UK with air conditioning. While this may be a luxury in the summer months, Kirstie warned that this is “environmentally catastrophic”.

She explained: “There’s a lot of focus on heating, but I am seeing more and more air conditioning in UK domestic housing.

“This needs to stop, it’s environmentally catastrophic.”

She added further: “I also visit houses in winter which are way too hot.

“It’s considered old fashioned to say ‘wear a jumper’, but some of these old fashioned attitudes are much more environmentally friendly.”

Kirstie’s tweet was inundated with responses from Twitter fans, many of whom disagreed with her.

One user said: “I disagree if it gives people a good nights sleep.

“London can get quite oppressive in summer. Probably not needed in Scotland.”

Another Twitter user said: “A huge amount of those will be air source heat pumps – a greener way of heating homes, especially if used with solar.”

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Another person replied: “We’re getting an aircon unit in our garden office.

“Not everyone can manage the heat. It makes me feel physically ill.”

One person asked: “What can be done to prevent the need for it?”

They added: “In recent years I’ve found it increasingly more difficult to sleep in the summer as bedroom’s too hot – not even in heatwave but just normal summer temps around 20C-ish.”

However, some users did agree with Kirstie and said homeowners should just “open a window”.

One person said: “Crikey, who needs air conditioning in this country when you can open a window?”

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Another person agreed: “We just need to open a window or wait a couple of days until the weather changes! Air con is nuts for our houses!”

Another Twitter user asked: “Why do we need air conditioning in the UK? It’s freezing most of the year as it is!”

Kirstie also said “building homes in the UK which are so badly designed they require A/C is appalling!”

It comes as the Climate Change Committee (CCC) published a report last week which said the UK is less prepared to deal with climate change already hitting the country than it was five years ago.

Chief executive of the CCC Chris Stark said the Government’s response to climate change so far has been “severely lacking” with threats worsening.

The CCC is urging the Government to act urgently in order to stop people dying or losing their homes.

One of the biggest threats mentioned was homes overheating.

According to the report, more than 4,000 people have died from heat-related reasons in England since 2018 which could rise to 7,000 a year by 2015.

Since the CCC’s last report was published five years ago, more than 570,000 new homes have been built without features to cope with higher temperatures such as better ventilation or shutters.

Kirstie has been filming the new series of Location, Location, Location and Love It or List It with fellow property expert Phil Spencer.

Location, Location, Location will air at 8pm on Channel 4

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