During the warm months of the year, a conservatory is a wonderful place to relax, admire the outdoor surroundings and entertain guests. It is a substantial investment, however, so it pays to make it habitable all year round. By adding certain elements to your conservatory, you can create a warm, comfortable indoor environment -- even if it is snowing outside. Another reason to keep your conservatory light and warm all year is to allow you to keep plants indoors that would not survive a cold outdoor winter.
Use thermally insulated glass in your conservatory roof, rather than standard glass. This type of glass is designed to keep as much heat inside the room as possible. Heat rises, so the first place it will escape from a conservatory is through the roof.
Install underfloor heating in your conservatory. The heat will rise from the floor, making it comfortable for you to walk on it barefoot, even in the coldest of winters.
Install an unobtrusive conservatory heater to provide you with additional heat. Alternatively, purchase freestanding heaters that you can plug into the wall. These can be moved around so that you get the heat exactly where you need it.
Fit your conservatory windows with blinds specially designed for conservatories. The best conservatory blinds have a mechanism that allows the blinds to fit tightly around the window frame, leaving no places for heat to escape. Blinds are available in solar-reflective fabric to provide optimum insulation in the winter -- ideal for particularly cold conservatories.
Things you need
- Thermally insulated glass
- Underfloor heating
- Conservatory heater or freestanding heaters
- Conservatory blinds