Winter has arrived, and the shivering has begun, but 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, it only means one thing – expensive energy bills. A lot of people revert to various warm and cosy comforts as the temperature falls, meaning that the conservatory often gets neglected due to its outdated design and lack of heat retention. 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, some of which are temporary measures before contacting the team to have your conservatory renovated ready for the summer. So, here is a guide on how to keep your conservatory warm in winter, ensuring that you can enjoy your additional space comfortably.
A Guide On How To Keep Your Conservatory Warm In Winter
A conservatory is a perfect place to get the family together and enjoy one another’s company, but when you have your conservatory is old or has been poorly installed, it can feel too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Conservatories should be built to suit your family activities every day of the year, whether the sun is shining or the heavens are pouring, so why settle for anything less? 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:
- Amazing Glazing
- Off With The Roof
- Don’t Be Draught
- Flawless Floors
- Winter Warming Heaters
- Certain About The Curtain
- The Small Touches Count
Depending on the type of conservatory that you have, you may find that glass contributes to a significant amount of the design. Unfortunately, glass can make your conservatory feel cold when you have outdated products and lack of durable glazing. This means that one of the most effective solutions to this problem is to have double or even triple glazing installed. You will be able to tell if your conservatory does not have double glazing as you can visibly see two panes of glass or your conservatory is old, and will most likely have single glazing.
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
- Increased security
- Increased property value
- Reduced condensation
- Easy to maintain
- Increased 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 the team. 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.
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 can 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 guardian 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. Other benefits of a guardian tiled roof including:
- Improves aesthetics
- Increases the value of your home
- Reduces noise pollution
- Lowers energy bills
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 without having to spend loads. However, it should be noted that this is usually a temporary solution, and signs of draughts can lead to further issues.
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.
If you really want 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. A quick and easy solution is to change the flooring itself, which 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.
As much as they may set a calming ambience, candles aren’t exactly ideal for making the home warm as they are not able to effectively heat up the home unless you have filled the room, and can be dangerous for those with pets and children. 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 efficiency, you can find a number of benefits to using a portable heater on De Longhi.
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 this problem is to get yourself some curtains. Curtains come in various 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.
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 palette. 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.
Creating The Perfect Cosy Winter
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. If you require replacements, whether it be a new tiled roof of glazed windows in Milton Keynes, are team are always at hand to help transform your home addition.