Winter has arrived, and the shivering has begun, as the heating is turned up a notch and the bed socks come out to warm up those cold toes on a dark and cold winters night. A lot of people revert to various warm and cosy comforts as the temperature falls, meaning that the conservatory often gets neglected. However, there are a number of ways that you can make your conservatory a relaxing and cosy space to share with family and guests over the winter period. We often get asked how to keep a conservatory warm, so here are some cost-effective and reliable solutions.
How To Keep Your Conservatory Warm: Getting Cosy
A conservatory is a perfect place to get the family together and enjoy one another’s company, and this doesn’t have to only be during the warmer months. Conservatories should be built to suit your family activities every day of the year, whether the sun is shinning or the heavens are pouring. What you may not realise is that there are numerous ways in which you can improve your conservatory to make it feel warm and cosy during the winter. Here we have put together a few ideas to help you enjoy your homes addition all year round.
Depending on the type of conservatory that you have, you may find that glass contributes to a significant amount of the design. Unfortunately, glass is one of the worst insulators and can cause your home to lose heat and feel colder than it does outside. However, there is a very effective solution to this problem which will mean that you don’t have to get rid of your glorious windows, this solution is double or even triple glazing! The older your conservatory, the more likely it is to have single glazing, which inevitably means excessive loss of heat.
There are a number of benefits to having double glazed windows installed throughout your home, in particular, your conservatory. One of the biggest benefits is that it helps to retain heat, which means that you will be spending less on your energy bills trying to heat it up and are able to enjoy it no matter the weather outside. Along with reduced heating bills and a warmer conservatory, there are an abundance of other benefits to double and triple glazing; these are as follows:
– Reduced noise
– Increases security
– Increases property value
– Reduces condensation
– Easy to maintain
– Increases durability
If your conservatory lets out a lot of heat, and you would like to modernise the design of your windows, feel free to contact Crown Conservatory, Windows and Doors in Buckingham. Our team has extensive knowledge in building conservatories along with fitting double glazing in Milton Keynes, so you can be sure that you’re in the right hands.
Don’t Be Draught
One of the biggest culprits for making your conservatory feel cold in the winter is draughts through the cracks of window ledges and doors. If you have a draught in your conservatory, you may also find that the rest of your home also feels cold despite turning up the temperature of your heating. For this reason, it is probably one of the first things that you could do to try and reduce the cold and increase the heat within your conservatory.
The first step is to figure out exactly where this draught is coming from, and this can easily be done through the candle test. Light a candle and slowly move it across all of the cracks in your windows and doors, the flame will flicker if there is even the slightest draught coming through; here is where your problem lies, and you should consider patching it up before it gets worse. If you are working on a budget, you can use adhesive foam stripes to fill in any gaps that may be letting in air. However, this will only give you a short-term solution, for a more effective result, change your windows for a long-term and more efficient fix. You can find more short and long-term solutions on House Logic.
Off With The Roof
Many conservatories, particularly older ones, will have an all-glass roof that looks stunning and lets in an abundance of natural light. However, having an all-glass conservatory roof will also be the cause of your cold conservatory, and it may be time to think about changing it to a more modern and economically efficient solution. The Crown Conservatory, Windows and Doors team have worked extensively with clients, building numerous conservatories in Milton Keynes, and a popular conservatory type is to have a tiled roof.
Whether your style requires an Edwardian or Victorian design, we have the perfect tiled roof solution for your conservatory, not only helping to heat up the room but also to transform its appearance to a modernised style. Changing your glass roof to a tiled one will allow you to crank up the heat knowing that it won’t be lost through the ceiling, giving you the added assurance of energy efficiency.
If you really wanted to increase the temperature of your conservatory this winter, then you could even think about underfloor heating. However, we know that it isn’t quite within everyone’s budget, but just changing the flooring itself is a great way of insulating your conservatory. You can choose to have a high-quality carpet to keep in the heat during the winter, while also creating maximum comfort for the whole family to enjoy the space regardless of the temperature outside.
However, if you would like a modernised look and have opted for tiled flooring or wooden vinyl, then you could always pick a funky rug that suits your aesthetic. You can opt for a modern look with a white fluffy misshaped rug, or go loud and proud with a bright red velvet rug. For more inspiration on flooring, take a look at our previous article on conservatory flooring types as well as our article on modernising old conservatories.
Winter Warming Heaters
As much as they may set a calming ambience, candles aren’t exactly ideal for making the home warm as there is too much risk of setting the house on fire, particularly those with small children and clumsy pets. Another alternative is to have a heater strategically placed away from curtains and in a location where the heat can be projected across the room. A portable heater is a cost-effective solution as it doesn’t require you to have a load of plumbing work done to your conservatory and can be easily stored away in the warmer months.
You can choose to have a large heater or a smaller one, whichever one suits the size of your conservatory. Where possible, we would highly recommend that you opt for an electric heater, as this is safer to use around the house. You are also able to plug the heater in when you need to, minimising the use of energy while maximising the cosiness within your conservatory. Along with cost effiencey, you can find a number of benefits to using a portable heater on De Longhi.
Certain About The Curtain
Although letting in natural light during the day is a great way of warming up the home efficiently, having your windows exposed as the sun goes down, can mean that all of the heat you gathered during the day, is lost. One of the best solutions to these problems is to get yourself some curtains. Curtains come in various different materials, patterns and colours, meaning that you are able to choose one that suits your style while keeping you warm. Why not opt for a modern and chic look with silver crushed velvet blinds or bring some of the calm Bahamas to your home with tropical patterned curtains.
The great thing about curtains is that you can pair them with colourful cushions, rugs and other furniture to add a pop of colour to the room. If you choose a neutral colour such as cream, then you can change the colour of your conservatory depending on the time of year, allowing you to incorporate vibrant colours in the summer and warm cosy materials in the winter.
The Small Touchs Count
Just as much as a tiled roof, double glazed windows and the perfect flooring can contribute to the warmth of your conservatory, smaller elements such as blankets can have a big impact on the cosiness of the room. Get creative and design your winter conservatory around the comfort of blankets by throwing them over the sofa, neatly folding them on the arms of chairs and even better, snuggling up in them.
Grab yourself a heavy blanket that you can wrap around the whole family, or purchase individual blankets for each family member in a different material that follows the same colour pallet. Fleece is often a material that is used for blankets due to its soft and comfortable feel. What’s great about a fleece blanket is that they can be used during both the winter and summer. While having your barbeque in the evening during the summer, it can sometimes get a little bit nippy, so bring out the winter blankets for everyone to enjoy the fresh air all day long.
Just because winter is setting in, doesn’t mean that you have to put up with the cold and neglect your conservatory until summer arrives. There are a number of ways you can improve your conservatory, adding a touch of style in the process. Whether you have a small or large budget to spare, there are numerous solutions to warming up your home and saying goodbye to the cold.