Using Your Oak Conservatory All Year Round: Our Guide
An oak conservatory or orangery will provide valuable extra living space to your home. However, people are often concerned that it will only be usable during months with mild weather - and that during the height of summer, or the depths of winter, it will be either too hot or too cold to use comfortably.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, however, and by including some clever heating and ventilation features your conservatory will be a fantastic, usable living space all year round.
So how do you make sure your conservatory or orangery is cool during the warmer months? Similarly, what can you do to ensure your conservatory is warm and inviting during winter? Our guide will detail a few tricks and features which will make this an easy task, allowing you to make the most of your oak conservatory twelve months a year.
The best, and most obvious, way to ensure your conservatory is a comfortable temperature all year round is to use the highest quality glass.
We only recommend the best double glazing in the industry, here at Richmond Oak.
For roofs, this means using SmartGlass Ultra 86, a blue tint solar control glass which is toughened and has a self-cleaning surface. Its excellent thermal qualities ensure it reflects 86% heat on hot days and is the most efficient argon filled double glazing to retain heat on cold days, making it up to 270%% more effective than many other roof glasses. In addition, its 91% UV protection will protect the furniture and fabrics within your conservatory.
If you don’t want blue roof glass, we have other options but would recommend SmartGlass Neutral Tint, another solar control glass with great thermal benefits.
Often the subject of glazing in the frames is neglected, but can have a glass area of up to double that of the roof. At Richmond Oak, for your frames we recommend SmartGlass W Ultimate, clear, self-cleaning, solar control glass with low-e, argon fill, warm edge spacer, a 50%+ heat reflection on a hot day and a 1.0 u-value making it 20% more efficient than most glass in keeping the heat in, on a cold day. Plus, it has a 6.8mm laminated pane meeting the highest standards of increased security, providing a 98% u-v filter to protect your furnishings, and the different glass thickness & laminated glass provides superior soundproofing.
Warm air rises and this fact, coupled with a glazed roof, can result in a very hot and stuffy conservatory. Even if you use the best solar controlled glass on the market, this is an issue you can’t escape from. Unless, of course, you invest in conservatory roof vents.
Highly recommended by Richmond Oak, roof vents help to ventilate and cool your conservatory or orangery by allowing the warm air to escape. They function in a similar way to a chimney; the warm air will exit the conservatory via the vent and the vent will also draw in fresh, cooler air.
Whilst manual roof vents are available, electronic roof vents are an incredibly convenient option. Operated with either a wall-mounted rocker switch or a remote control, you can open and close them quickly and easily. You can even opt for an automatic roof vent, complete with digital climate control and a rain sensor system.
Other great conservatory ventilation options include: conservatory ceiling fans, conservatory air conditioning and conservatory extractor fans. All of these features will help ensure your oak conservatory or orangery is lovely and cool during the warmer months.
There are a number of options for heating your conservatory or orangery. However, Richmond Oak highly recommend conservatory underfloor heating. The choice for underfloor heating is either an electric membrane or a wet system run from your central heating system, assuming your central heating boiler is man-enough to heat the additional space. Hot water underfloor heating is a great option and although it is slightly more costly to install, it has lower running costs. Electric underfloor heating, on the other hand, is lower in cost to install but can be less economic to run, although this does depend on how the timber conservatory is going to be used. In addition, as an underfloor heating system is invisible, it will not impede on the interior design of your conservatory or take up wall space.
Another way to keep your conservatory toasty throughout colder climates is to install radiators. These can be either radiators which are plumbed into your heating system or electric radiators, but to comply to building regulations they must be independently controlled.
It’s important to remember that a conservatory contains more glass than any other part of your home. As such, it’s crucial to ensure windows and doors are adequately sealed to eliminate any pesky draughts. High quality seals, although a seemingly small detail, will make a huge difference to the thermal quality of your oak conservatory, helping it remain a comfortable temperature all year round.
A really easy and cost-effective way to make the most of your conservatory all year round, is to update your furnishings and home decor. This will help to refresh your conservatory for each season and climate. Thick rugs, fluffy blankets and candles, for example, will give your conservatory a cosy feel during the winter months, whilst thinner materials - such as cotton and linen - and green plants will be ideal for summer.
Here at Richmond Oak Conservatories we design and install stunning oak conservatories, orangeries, garden rooms and sunrooms ideal for use all year round. We only use the best quality solar controlled glass and can also provide a host of heating and ventilation features, including our very popular conservatory roof vents. For more information, get in touch with the expert team at Richmond Oak Conservatories today.
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