Pick up a newspaper or switch on the television and it’s likely that reports of extreme weather conditions attributed to climate change shriek out.
From floods and storms to rising ocean temperatures and global warming, even the Met Office’s chief scientist has said a balmier world will lead to “more intense daily and hourly rain events”.
But as you relax in the agreeable confines of your conservatory, it’s easy to tune out by flicking off the telly or tossing the tabloid in the trash to avoid the increasingly baleful headlines.
However, there’s a great deal you could be doing to stop your conservatory adding to the problem.
Furthermore, when we consider around 200,000 new conservatories are added to British homes each year, small changes in each space can actually make a huge difference to their eco-friendliness.
So if you’re in the process of leaning towards a new conservatory, read the tips below to make sure your additional living space is also a friend of the environment …
Gauge Your Heating and Cooling Needs
It’s common knowledge that the positioning of your conservatory will play a huge part in your yearly heating and cooling requirements – which obviously has an effect on your energy consumption.
You may not know, however, that although 28 per cent of this country’s CO2 output stems from energy we use in our homes, a conservatory can actually play a part in cutting our emissions.
Because the lean-to acts as a type of battlement against cold weather in the winter, helping to keep the house warm and negating the need to turn up the thermostat.
Also, in the warmer, summer months, a south-facing conservatory will typically trap the heat from the sun and contribute to warming other areas of your home.
To achieve this successfully, though, it’s crucial the main area of your property is separated from the conservatory with doors, ensuring vents and screens are also installed to avoid it overheating.
Glass and Blinds
Environmentally, it makes perfect sense to choose the most energy efficient glass when selecting a conservatory, with glass replete with a low U-Value offering the most bang for your buck.
The lower the U-Value, the higher the energy efficiency, which should help keep your conservatory cool, reducing the need for electric devices contributing to a huge bill from your energy provider.
Additionally, it’s important to choose suitable blinds – roller or vertical are usually the best options – allowing you to control the room from letting in too much light/heat, or not enough.
Put simply, the last thing you want is to be avoiding your conservatory in the summer due to stifling heat, or sidestepping it in the winter when the mercury drops rapidly …