Conservatories can be a beautiful and practical addition to any home, but they can also be notorious for being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, especially in the UK. If you are looking for ways to keep your conservatory warm and comfortable enough to use all year round, you can do a few things.
How to keep a conservatory warm enough to use throughout winter can involve introducing or changing a few things. Here are our top six tips that can help retain heat in your conservatory, which includes ideas to suit most budgets:
1. Conservatory roof insulation
This is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to keep the heat in winter and the sun out in summer. We highly recommend ConservaHeat, the insulation that keeps your conservatory comfortable all year round.
ConservaHeat is a high-performance, true aluminium multi-layered insulation system designed specifically for conservatories. It is designed to keep your conservatory warmer in winter and cooler in summer, making it a usable space all year round.
ConservaHeat is a fully sealed system installed by our professional ConservaHeat installation specialists. This ensures that your conservatory is properly insulated and protected from harsh winter elements.
2: Add curtains or blinds
Curtains and blinds can help trap heat in the winter and block out the sun in the summer by creating a barrier between your windows and the outside world. This barrier can help to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, making your conservatory more comfortable and energy-efficient.
When choosing curtains or blinds for your conservatory, selecting a thick fabric that will be effective at trapping heat or blocking out the sun is essential. Velvet and blackout fabrics are excellent choices, as they are thick and opaque. Consider choosing curtains or blinds with a thermal lining, which can provide additional insulation.
In addition to the type of fabric, the colour of your curtains or blinds can also make a difference. Lighter colours tend to reflect heat, while darker colours tend to absorb heat. If you want to keep your conservatory warm in the winter, choose curtains or blinds in a dark colour.
3: Use rugs and carpets
Rugs and carpets can help to insulate your conservatory floor and make it feel warmer underfoot in many ways. First, rugs and carpets act as a barrier between your feet and the cold floor. This can significantly affect how warm your feet feel, especially if you have a tiled or concrete floor.
Second, rugs and carpets can help to trap heat in the air. When you have a rug or carpet on your floor, the heat from your body and other sources will be trapped in the fibres of the rug or carpet. This can help to make your conservatory feel warmer overall.
Third, rugs and carpets can help to reduce noise levels in your conservatory. This can be especially beneficial if you have a large conservatory or if you have young children who play in the conservatory.
When choosing rugs and carpets for your conservatory, it is important to select a material that is durable and easy to clean. Wool and cotton are excellent choices, as they are durable and absorbent. Choose a rug or carpet with a non-slip backing, especially if you have children or pets.
4: Tiled roof conservatory
Tiled roof conservatories offer some advantages over conservatories with other types of roofs. They are more thermally efficient, reduce noise levels, enhance the appearance of your home, and are more durable.
ConservaHeat can transform your conservatory into a usable space all year round with our Composite Slate conservatory roof tile system on the outside and our ConservaHeat insulation system on the inside.
The tiles on the outside create a beautiful conservatory roof. At the same time, the ConservaHeat system on the inside adds a high-performing insulation system that ensures you can use your conservatory all year round. A 10-year warranty backs our roof tile system. It improves the thermal efficiency of your conservatory while enhancing its appearance and reducing energy costs.
5: Draught proofing
Draught-proofing your conservatory is a great way to keep it warmer in winter. Draughts can cause significant heat loss, making your conservatory uncomfortable and expensive to heat. By draught-proofing your conservatory, you can block out the cold air and keep the heat in.
There are several ways to draught-proof your conservatory. Some of the most common methods include:
- Sealing gaps around windows and doors. You can use caulk, sealant, or draught excluder strips to fill gaps around your windows and doors. This will prevent cold air from seeping in.
- Installing a draught flap under your door. A draught flap is a piece of material that hangs from the bottom of your door and seal the gap between the door and the floor, preventing cold air from entering.
- Using draught excluders. Draught excluders are long, padded tubes that can be placed along the bottom of doors and windows. They help to block out cold air and keep the heat in.
6: Underfloor heating
Underfloor heating is a great way to keep your conservatory warm in winter. It works by heating the floor of the conservatory, which in turn heats the air above it. This type of heating is very efficient, as it does not waste any heat by rising to the ceiling.
Underfloor heating can be installed in a conservatory in different ways. One common method is to install electric heating mats under the floor. Another approach is to install a water-based underfloor heating system. This type of system uses hot water to heat the floor.
Underfloor heating is a very effective way to heat a conservatory, providing a gentle, even heat distribution throughout the room. This makes it ideal for use in conservatories, as it can help to prevent the room from feeling draughty.
By following these tips, you can make your conservatory a more comfortable and inviting space to enjoy all year round.