Keeping Your Conservatory Temperature Under Control
The very idea of opening a family home to the sun encourages many people to have conservatories and orangeries built onto their property. But, one of the hardest elements of getting the most out of your conservatory is keeping the temperature at a comfortable level.
In the summer, the glazing in a conservatory (especially ones with glass roofs) act like an additional radiator, magnifying the heat of the sun into your home. Then, in the winter, they let a lot of the heat our of your home, which puts an extra drain on heating systems and energy costs.
At Excellent Windows, we are seeing a lot of homeowners replacing old glazed conservatory roofs with Supalite tiled roofs. This helps manage the climate of the conservatory with the added benefit of reducing noises from a heavy downpour.
A traditional glass conservatory should be seen as a summer room. Although you can place heating in the area, or cover the windows with blinds, you may struggle to keep it warm during the winter.
That said, with the sun shining, glazing becomes a radiator, so you will be able to enjoy some warm days in your conservatory during the winter months as long as the sun is shining.
The ratio of brick, tile and wood to glass will have a big impact on temperature. Glass is a much faster conductor of hot and cold, whereas brick and tile can absorb the heat during the summer, and can be insulated to keep the cold air out during the winter.
For a more temperate conservatory, why not consider a higher ratio of solid materials before construction – more of an orangery style. A mixture of brick, along with glass windows, combined with a tiled roof with opening vents won’t offer you the same amount of light as a conservatory, but it will leave you with a more practical all-year-round room to take advantage of.
There are heating systems for conservatories and they will have an effect, but the construction still plays a part on how much impact they have and how much heat they retain. These systems range from electrical fan or oil heaters, through to radiators and underfloor heating for new constructions.
More and more customers are asking for air conditioning units to be installed into their conservatories and orangeries. The same rule applies in terms of the construction materials and temperature retention, but these can take effect quickly as and when you need them.
Roof vents and high windows also allow heat to escape if you are not using air conditioning in your room.
During the winter, ventilation is important if your conservatory is built onto the side of your home. On one hand, you don’t want it to be cold, but you also need to allow airflow, especially if it doesn’t affect the heat in your home.
With the development of construction materials, you can also opt for combinations of build elements – choosing from windows, doors brick and tiled roofs. This includes wide opening bi-fold doors that open your conservatory right up during the summer.
The key to getting a summer room or orangery that suits you, is knowing what you want to use it for. The more practical the design and build of your conservatory, the more you’ll use it.
Making the right decisions up-front will make sure you get the most from this type of investment in your home.
If you’d like to know more about your options, or want to have a chat about how we can help with the temperature of your conservatory, why not get in touch?