06 Sep Keep your conservatory warm this winter
The extra space a new conservatory provides is always a fantastic addition to any home, but some people find that keeping the space warm throughout the year can be a challenge.
Conservatories are perfect for most homes – they are brilliant place to relax all year round, they usually don’t require planning permission and they can generally be built in a shorter amount of time than other brick extensions. The extra space they bring is also at a much lower cost per square meter than a regular extension.
The speed at which they can be constructed has an unfortunate effect on the energy efficiency of conservatories however. Any extension made of glass and plastic is likely to lose heat quicker than one made from brick and a fully insulated tiled roof.
The best way to ensure your conservatory retains its warmth in the colder months is to install blinds. Although double-glazing usually has an excellent energy efficiency rating, adding an additonal layer of protection can help to keep the cold out and the heat in.
Another solution is the installation of a thermal curtain for the entrance of your conservatory. These are specifically designed to keep the warmth inside your conservatory and bring down your heating costs in the long term.
Aled Stephens, expert at the Energy Saving Trust, said ‘Double-glazing, blinds and shutters can all help to significantly reduce the amount of heat wasted, but it is very difficult to bring a conservatory up to the thermal standard of a standard insulated room.’
‘You can make the most of any heat by installing a sealed sliding door, and sealed blinds or heavy, lined curtains to ensure the conservatory retains any heat more effectively.’
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