Five Ways to Heat Your Conservatory

We all know that a quality conservatory is a beautiful place to while away the hours in those long summer nights, but what happens when mother-nature turns the temperature down?

When winter falls (or if summer comes a little later than expected), you may wish to add to your comfort by investing in some heating for your conservatory – let’s take a look at what you can do to ensure that you can use this valuable home addition to its full potential all year round…

First things first – insulate

Make sure that any heat you add to your conservatory interior is not lost – we recommend that you opt for PVCU windows with Argon gas insulation and transparent metallic coatings for the best results: this winning combination will reduce your heating bills by keeping your conservatory gloriously insulated, with no reduction in the amount of light which gets in.

Heating Method 1: Fan Heater

These are cheap, portable units, which work by passing air through an electrical heating element – whilst it won’t cost you much to purchase one of these, the cost of running it is likely to be more expensive than if you were to opt for a fuel-based heater; overall, we would recommend using one of these only if you wish to add extra heating to your conservatory occasionally, or if you require a smaller, handier unit to target a specific area within the conservatory; one point to bear in mind is that these heaters normally emit a bit of a noise, due to the motorised fan spinning – if you are used to the tranquillity you normally experience in your conservatory, such a noise might be a bit unwelcome, so we recommend testing out such a heater before buying it to see what the noise levels will be like.

Heating Method 2: Oil Heater

These units are typically larger than a typical fan heater, however they offer some key advantages over fan-based systems:

  • Oil-filled radiators are much quieter than fan-heaters, so your peaceful conservatory setting will remain a haven of tranquillity.
  • This type of system is often considered to be much safer than fan-heaters, since they have lower surface operating temperatures.
  • They can be a little more versatile, as the positioning of the unit is not as important as it is with a fan-based system: you won’t have to worry about the direction of air-flow with an oil heater.

Heating Method 3: Central Heating

If you already have a central heating system at home, it may be possible to hook this up to your conservatory: all that you will need to do in this instance is install a radiator with thermostatic controls, ensuring that it can be controlled independently from the heating in the rest of the house (since your conservatory will often have a different temperature from your home interior) – the main advantage to this system is that the running costs will be much cheaper than if you were to use an electrical heating system, such as a fan or oil heater.

Heating Method 4: Under-floor Heating

These versatile systems are among the most convenient methods available for heating a conservatory: as the heat source is housed underfoot, they won’t take up extra floor space in your conservatory, meaning that it is essentially an ‘invisible’ method of heating the space – aside from being discreet, under-floor heating offers low running costs and is highly versatile: it is possible to hook it up to a number of sources, including your central heating system – the only downside is that it can be a little expensive to install, compared to other methods.

Heating Method 5: Air Con

This method brings a double-whammy of benefits: in the summer, you will be able to use an air-conditioning unit to keep your conservatory nice and cool, whilst in cooler months, you can use it to heat the space to a comfy temperature – the only disadvantages are that this method can be a little noisy when running at full pelt and can cost more to install than some of the other methods listed in this post.

If you have Lean to Conservatory or a Sunroom it is important that you choose the right heating method so that you can enjoy this additional space all year round.

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About Elaine and Ian

Ian and Elaine are a husband and wife team and are passionate about their product range and ensure only high quality products are used as standard and that the finish of their work is superlative, with this dedication it has allowed the company to grow and develop into one of the major windows and conservatories suppliers in the Edinburgh area.

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