How to enjoy your conservatory in the winter

How to get the most use out of your conservatory in the Winter

It's March 2023 and snow has once again arrived in the UK.

For many homeowners who also have a conservatory, the cold weather usually means that their conservatory gets rarely used. But does this have to be the case?

How can you get the most use out of your conservatory during those cold winter months?

Snow covered conservatory

Have you considered getting your conservatory roof insulated?

Why not find out more? Get in touch today for free advice on how conservatory roof insulation keeps your conservatory cool in the summer and warm in the winter, plus all the other benefits it provides.

A conservatory is a great addition to any home, providing a bright and sunny space to relax and enjoy the view of your garden and the beauty of nature. However, when winter arrives, it can be challenging to get the most use out of your conservatory due to the cold weather. But with a few simple tips and tricks, you can transform your conservatory into a warm and inviting space that you can enjoy all year round.

Here are a few things you might consider

1. Insulate your conservatory: Insulating your conservatory is one of the most effective ways to keep it warm during winter. Adding insulation to your roof will help to trap heat and prevent cold air from entering your conservatory. Thermal insulation materials can be installed by companies who employ expert fitters to ensure they are installed correctly and provide the optimum insulation.

2. Invest in heating: Heating is an essential component of a warm and cosy conservatory. There are many different types of heating available to choose from, including electric heaters, underfloor heating, and radiators. A portable electric heater is a cost-effective and convenient option for small conservatories, while underfloor heating can be an excellent choice for larger conservatories.

3. Use thick curtains: Thick curtains can help to keep the warmth in your conservatory, preventing cold drafts from entering. Heavy, lined curtains or thermal blinds can be an effective way to insulate your conservatory and add a touch of style to the space. Double glazing and draught excluders can also be effective in keeping the heat in and the cold air out.

4. Add cosy furnishings: Adding cosy furnishings to your conservatory is an easy way to create a warm and inviting space. Soft furnishings such as throws, cushions, and rugs can help to make your conservatory feel more comfortable and welcoming. Consider adding a comfortable armchair or sofa to the space, and don't forget to add some greenery with indoor plants.

5. Create an ambient atmosphere: Ambient lighting and music can also help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your conservatory. Use soft, warm lighting such as fairy lights or candles to add a cosy touch, and play some relaxing music to create a calming ambiance.

In conclusion, with the right techniques and a little creativity, you can transform your conservatory into a warm and cosy space that you can enjoy all winter long. Whether you want to read a book, entertain guests, or simply relax in the warmth, these tips will help you get the most out of your conservatory in the colder months. So go ahead and start making your conservatory a winter oasis today!

Global warming – increase in temperature UK

Heatwave - hot summers in the UK

Summer temperatures are on the increase

How will this affect you?

The recent heatwave that hit the UK during July Summer of 2022 has highlighted once again the issue of climate change. According to experts, heatwaves are likely to become more regular and more extreme in Europe, including Britain.

It seems to be an unshakeable fact that global warming has increased the frequency of extreme weather events, including floods, storms, droughts and heatwaves. This is generally attributed to the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Some studies reveal that the chances of temperatures in the UK reaching 40 degrees centigrade, as experienced recently in certain parts of the country, is now much higher than 100 years ago. Extreme heat can result in a number of undesirable consequences including damage to property, an increase in allergies and health issues, more wildfires in susceptible areas, and also more disruptions in travel.

In the UK our infrastructure is adapted primarily towards a cold climate, so homes have been designed and built, or upgraded with insulation, to retain heat during the winter. However, our living and working spaces must now become more efficient to cater for a wider range of temperatures to also keep the heat out in the summer.

A report in 2021 from Britain’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy reveals that less than 5% of homes in England have an air-conditioning system installed. Of these, the vast majority are portable units. But if and when British summers become hotter and more uncomfortable for those who are housebound or work from home, as more and more people now do, air conditioning units will become a much more desirable option.

But what can we do now to improve the situation?

Most residents have little choice other than opening a few windows or setting up an electric fan to create some airflow. The main alternative is to get an air conditioning unit installed which can be quite costly, especially when running costs are taken into consideration.

For homeowners who have conservatories, the conservatory which we love to use in the summer can particularly become unbearably hot and uncomfortable to sit in. So what might be the solution in this case?

Apart from having an air conditioning unit installed, another solution, and one that has other benefits as well, is to have your conservatory roof replaced with a thermal insulation barrier and new roof panels. This can cut down the heat from the sun considerably on very hot summer days. This means that the conservatory will remain much cooler, but it also has the benefit of cutting down outside noise (including rain spatters on the roof on rainy days), keeping insects out and maintaining a clean interior, as well as improving the appearance internally and externally. It will also reduce furniture fabrics fading due to prolonged exposure to the sun.

The other big advantage of course is that it also prevents heat loss on cold winter days.

One thing seems almost certain. The climate is slowly changing and temperatures each year are increasing during the summer months. So its worth considering your options and how you plan to cope with these changes.

If you would like more information about conservatory roof insulation and how it can be of benefit during the summer and winter months then contact Conservatory Insulation Specialists Ltd today for free advice.