Many people tend to build conservatories or buy a house with one already built in thinking that it’ll become their new favourite place in the house. The truth is conservatories are left abandoned most of the year because they are either too cold in Winter or too hot in Summer.
The conservatory is basically a building with large glass windows and a plastic roof. It certainly loses far more heat than a normal building with a brick structure and insulated roof. It’s also an opening from which the heat of your house may escape.
If you are looking for a solution to this problem, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn about the different methods that people use to keep their conservatories warm in Winter.
Thermal Blinds and curtains:
One of the most effective and inexpensive solutions that can help to reduce heat loss from your conservatory is installing thermal blinds and curtains. They work as an extra layer of protection on your windows to prevent the cold weather outside from getting into the room and keep any internal generated heat inside for longer. They are also beautiful decoration pieces that can turn your conservatory into a beautiful room that catches the eyes of your guests. Choose blinds or curtains made with Honeycomb fabrics as they have the best thermal properties.
Get a rug or a carpet:
The floor in your conservatory will usually be icy cold during Winter. Placing a large rug in it will help to reduce the heat loss through the floor and keep your feet warm. Your choice of rugs can also complement the décor in your conservatory, but remember to get an anti-slip backing placed underneath it to keep it in place at all times. You can also lay a carpet if you have the time and budget for it.
Even if you have a heating unit installed in your conservatory connected to central heating, getting a portable electric heater is a good way to keep your conservatory warm, especially on cold mornings.
Electric heaters are cheap to buy and easy to use, and you have many option:
- Oil-filled radiators are effective and commonly used in domestic heating. They are well known for taking their time to heat up the oil inside and warm up your room, but once they do, the oil stays warm for a long period of time, meaning that your room will stay warm even if you turn off your radiator.
- Oil-free radiators are quicker and lighter than the oil-filled ones, but when you turn them off, the heat doesn’t stay as long as it does with the oil-filled radiators.
- Fan heaters, on the other hand, spread hot air instantly into the room providing instant warmth. However, they are usually expensive to buy and to run and they don’t distribute heat as effectively as the other types of portable heaters.
Air conditioners are not only used to cool down a warm room during Summer, but also to heat it up in Winter. They are very effective and can reach the desired temperature within minutes. However, they are expensive to run and can be a bit noisy.
Underfloor heating is another effective way of making your conservatory warm during the harsh Winter. There are two types of underfloor heating: wet systems and dry systems. The wet system uses hot water running through pipes installed underneath the floor and connected to your central heating to heat up your room. The dry system uses electricity instead to generate heat, making its running costs way more expensive.
Whatever the method you choose to reduce heat loss in your conservatory, it’ll always be a bit colder than the rest of your house during Winter. Installation of blinds or curtains and placing a rug or a carpet, coupled with the usage of one of the heating units will significantly improve the temperature in your conservatory and save it from being abandoned during the cold weather.
If you are thinking of installing blinds or curtains in your conservatory, talk to one of our experts to help you choose which fabric and design suits your conservatory the best.