How To Use Your Conservatory All Year Round08/10/2014
Modern conservatories aren't just for the summer. There is a common misconception that when winter hits that you need to vacate your conservatory and not use it for the rest of the year. This is definitely not the case and there are many things that ensure that you can use your conservatory all year round.
Windows and glass
They key feature of a conservatory, since their very inception, has been the use of glass panel walls and roofs. This is what makes conservatories appealing as they allow a lovely, bright room from which you can sit in and enjoy the sun and your garden. Unfortunately, glass is not a very good insulator compared to materials used in rest of your home - this is what previously made the room so cold during winter.
Double glazing has improved dramatically over the last 10 years, making windows made during the 80s and 90s almost redundant and worth replacing - there is even triple glazing now. These advances have carried over into the construction of conservatories too and most that are made today are brilliant at retaining heat.
As we talked about how to heat your conservatory in our blog last week we aren't going to mention how to do it again - you can simply read it for yourself. There are many options that you can choose from, and when used in conjunction with double-glazing your room will get warm and stay that way for longer.
What about if it's too warm?
While it won't be so much of an issue now, keeping your conservatory cool during the hot months can also deter many people from using them too. Summer is when most people spend time in their conservatory but they will soon leave when they get too warm, something that happens as the sun and heat intensifies when it passes through glass. To help get around this problem there are number of ways you can cool your conservatory:
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- Open windows and doors: The simplest and most effective way of cooling a conservatory. Allowing a breeze to blow through your conservatory will work wonders.
- Special roofing: There are new roofs available that help to block the sun's heat. The roof is exposed to 68% of the sun's energy so making sure your roof block as much of it as possible is essential.
- Blinds: Blinds block out the sun's light which means they help to keep some heat out too. You can fit blinds both on your windows and on the roof of the conservatory itself, allowing you complete control over the heat and lighting.
Whether it's cold, like it is now, or it gets too hot once summer rolls around again, it is important that you think of your conservatory as a place you can use whenever you want to - not just when the weather is right. If it was down to the British weather sometimes we would never use our conservatories at all in that case!