Adding a conservatory to your house can not only help to increase the overall value but it can also be a great place to relax and unwind after a hard day at work or during a long weekend. The summer months can provide an idyllic backdrop with the sun cutting through the windows late into the evening allowing you to enjoy it in all its splendour. But what happens later in the year, throughout the winter months, when the much colder weather affects the temperature inside your house. In our latest article we have teamed up with our friends at UK Trade Supplies to look at ways of being able to use your conservatory all year round.
Conservatories are quite popular in England with over 4,500,000 households having one (about 18% of properties). Of these around 20% are never heated at any time of the year which suggests that they are only used during the summer months. However if you want to use your conservatory during the winter then there are a few things that you can do to make sure the room temperature is comfortable and you keep the heat in.
Add Double Glazing
If you want to use your conservatory during winter then one of the first things that you should do is have double glazing windows fitted. This will help provide an ample barrier from the cold outside as well as keeping all possible heat in. The debate of single or double glazing conservatories often stems down to what time of the year you want to use your conservatory with some arguing that double glazing makes it too hot for use in the summer. Cooling down a room by opening doors and windows or placing a fan in there is often easier and less expensive than trying to heat it up.
Around 77% of conservatories in the UK already have some form of heating in them either central heating or portable heaters providing extra warmth. If you currently don’t have any form of heating in your conservatory then chances are that you won’t be spending too much time in there during the colder times of the year. A portable heater can be an ideal and inexpensive way for you to help heat up your conservatory and it also gives you complete control about when it is on and where you place it in the room.
Add Curtains or Blinds
Covering the windows with blinds can be a great way to help keep the heat in, especially if you have a heating system in place and don’t want to lose any heat generated. Curtains would work equally as well depending on what style you are trying to achieve in your conservatory. Custom made curtains or blinds aren’t too expensive and when you think of the energy you could potentially save as well as the benefit of using the room then it can be very cost effective.