As December draws closer, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your conservatory warm this winter. Conservatories are often synonymous with being incredibly hot due to their glass walls, but they can also face the opposite problem in the winter months of being too cold. Glass is not an especially well insulted material – comparatively to standard brick walls – so conservatories can become uncomfortably cold in winter.
Fortunately, there are some simple solutions that can help you warm up those chilly conservatories so you can enjoy them no matter what the reason. Here are some tips for how to combat the cold.
The quickest way for heat to disappear from a room is by being exposed to draughts. Gaps in doors, windows and floors can let cold air in whilst letting cold air out, losing that precious heat that needs to circulate throughout a room to keep it warm.
To identify draughts, use the back of your hand to find the source and feel for the cold air getting in. Make sure you install draught excluders on all of your doors and windows. You can use make-shift excluders, such as rolled up blankets, if you aren’t able to get commercial ones installed right away. Dealing with draughts is one of the most effective ways to keep a conservatory’s temperature from dropping.
Curtains and Rugs
Curtains are often recommended to keep conservatories cool in the summer by blocking out the sun, but they can also have the opposite effect in winter. By covering up the glass, especially if the windows are not double glazed, you can prevent heat from escaping. If the sun is out, you should keep them open and make use of the available heat, but once it goes dark or cloudy, you’re better off shutting them to keep the chill at bay.
If the conservatory isn’t carpeted, you could put down some rugs. As well as looking more appealing, rugs can help stop some of the heat from escaping through the floor and can create a more comfortable environment.
Whilst rugs can help to warm up a chilly, uncarpeted floor, they are by no means the most effective flooring solution. If you have the means to do so, why not opt for a deep-pile carpet, or specially insulated floor tiles? These will go a long way in helping you to achieve the ideal temperature in your conservatory this winter. Or perhaps even consider investing in under the floor heating. It’s an invisible system that will ensure you can enjoy your conservatory in those chilly winter months (and it will also add additional value to your home if you later decide to sell).
If the radiators in your conservatory are being obstructed by furniture such as sofas, you may have found the cause of the cold. Large pieces of furniture in front of radiators can absorb most of their heat, preventing the hot air from circulating freely and warming the rest of the space. If the size of the conservatory allows, consider moving anything away that is covering the radiators so that the conservatory can warm up more efficiently.
Insulate the Roof
A lack of roofing insulation can have a big impact on the overall temperature of a conservatory. According to Energy Saving Trust, around 25% of heat can be lost through the roof. This can be reduced by installing some insulation. It may not be a cheap option, but it can save you money in the long run on your heating bills and prevent those winter chills.
Installing efficient heating systems into your conservatory is one of the most effective ways to combat the chill in these seemingly enterally cold months. Warm air heaters expel air through ducts and vents in the same way as an air conditioner, and the temperature is controlled by a gas burner in most models. There are many different types of heating solutions to suit all needs and specific requirements.