With Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be catching up with family, friends and neighbours and inviting them into our homes. This will mean making the best use of all available space, including the conservatory for those of us lucky enough to have one. The problem is, in the Winter months, glass houses, orangeries and conservatories can be cold and expensive to heat. We often get asked for help and ideas to make your conservatory warmer?
From the outset, this is extremely important, but it isn’t something that can be easily retrofitted without huge expense. Nowadays, glass has become much more efficient and advanced, however, even the most advanced triple glazed windows and doors are not as efficient as an insulated wall. So from the planning stage, if you are fortunate enough to be considering this now, opt for double or triple glazed high-performance glass. Although this will be more expensive at the outset there will be the benefit of reduced energy bills going forward.
The other thing about glazing is that you are effectively in a glass box and as such, depending on the location of your property, you may well be overlooked. Particularly at night, when it is dark outside, you have the disadvantage of not being able to see out, whilst someone on the outside can easily see in. For this reason alone, you may choose to limit the use of your conservatory to daylight hours only which may not be convenient, maybe consider additional window coverings such as blinds to enhance privacy and therefore increase the amount of time that you can spend enjoying your conservatory.
Properly insulating any room in your house is very important if you want to keep warm in the winter. Currents of cold air will prevent you from staying warm no matter how good your heating is and this is not cost effective or environmentally efficient. That window that doesn’t close properly, the seal on the French doors that is hanging off, the void behind that broken tile or the gap beneath the frame will all let in draughts of cold wintry air. All of these possible draughts must be dealt with and eradicated first of all before you even consider heating if you want to keep your conservatory warm.
Once again, with the benefit of advance planning, underfloor heating can be both effective and add a cosy and luxurious feel to your conservatory. There are several systems available on the market today, either electric or via your central heating system using hot water to pump under the flooring. These can be retrofitted, but are often much more economical if built into the original design. One slightly easier and less expensive option is to add an extra radiator connected to your existing heating system. Most plumbers will be able to do this quite simply for you. Otherwise, even easier still, are wall mounted electric convection heaters. In fact, these are often installed as an extra source of heat in addition to under floor or radiator options and provide that extra boost for the coldest of days.
As we have already touched on insulation, any window and roof blinds will provide an extra layer of insulation. They effectively create a barrier, stopping draughts and trapping an insulating layer of air. As we know, heat rises and therefore roof blinds are particularly effective at stopping heat loss and keeping your conservatory warmer. If you harness this phenomenon with some technically advanced fabric, it will make a significant difference. Of course, these are not the only benefits of conservatory blinds; as we mentioned earlier they will keep you cosy and maintain your privacy, they also provide décor and colour in a room that can be sometimes stark creating a homely feel whilst keeping your conservatory warm this winter.