In astrobiology there is a “Goldilocks Zone”. This describes the fact that, in order to support intelligent life, the temperature of a planet needs to be “just right”. Much as the original Goldilocks sought porridge which was neither too hot nor too cold.
Down here on Earth, the same Goldilocks principle applies to conservatories. To get the most out of your conservatory, it needs to be at a comfortable temperature all year round – not too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
So how can you achieve your own “Goldilocks conservatory”?
A conservatory which is too cold can cost you a fortune in heating bills. Or it can mean that a large portion of your living space simply can’t be used for half the year.
The first step is to identify why your conservatory is too cold in the winter. These are some of the possible reasons:
There are, of course, a number of DIY options to counteract some of these issues. For example, you could line the roof panels with laminate floor underlay or other insulation materials, to prevent some heat loss. But this will also reduce ventilation and light, and when the conservatory heats up in the summer the heat will not be able to escape. Plus, the weight of the insulation can weaken the roof, even more so in the winter when you have heavy snowfall sitting on it. This risks leaks and, in the worst case, a collapse.
Perhaps a slightly better, but more costly, solution is to install roof blinds. This allows you to pull the blinds down to keep the warmth in. On sunny days, open them up to enjoy the sunshine.
However, these are only “sticky plasters”, not a permanent solution to the root cause of the problem.
In warm weather, conservatories are inherently hot places – you are literally experiencing the “greenhouse effect” as warmth enters the room then can’t escape again.
Obviously, opening doors and window vents will go some way to reduce the temperature, and installing fans or air conditioning units can help.
Blinds can be useful for an overly hot conservatory, as well as a cold one. They can be pulled down in the day when you want to keep the heat out, then opened in the evening to benefit from the less harsh warmth of the late day sun. However, blinds will only have a limited effect and roof blinds, in particular, can be an expensive investment.
Adding a few more houseplants into the room can help to reduce the humidity levels so you feel more comfortable.
Ultimately, however, the best way to have a conservatory where the temperature is effortlessly “just right”, is to switch to one which uses modern technologies to create the perfect climate.
The type of roof can be the biggest challenge in a conservatory. In cold weather during the winter months much of the warmth is lost through the roof. On sunny days, it can become incredibly hot…far too hot to use!
Modern conservatory roofs incorporate double glazed, sealed units, to maximise insulation and stabilise temperatures. In addition, “solar control” glass can be used, such as Pilkington Activ™ glazing. This type of glass has a coating which reduces the heat and glare transmitted into the room. This is also helpful in lessening the UV light entering the room, thus preventing furnishings fading.
These days there are many options available to create the perfect temperature and lighting conditions:
While a replacement roof will make the biggest difference to your conservatory’s temperature, the wall glazing must also be carefully considered.
The double glazed, sealed units in our conservatories use “Planitherm Total +” energy efficient glazing. They have argon gas between the panes of glass, which creates an insulating layer, reducing the cold travelling into your home and the warmth escaping.
In the summer this will also help keep out much of the heat, maintaining a more comfortable temperature.
Upgrading your conservatory, to give you the perfect temperature year-round, doesn’t necessarily mean tearing the whole thing down and starting again.
Much of your heat loss happens through the roof in the winter and this is where the sun beats down in the summer. If the walls of your conservatory are still robust, replacing the roof can make a big difference to the temperature in your home at a relatively low cost.
As well as traditional fully glazed roofs, partially glazed or solid roof options are available.
Of course, some conservatories are so old and decrepit that there simply isn’t anything to salvage and you will need to start again from scratch.
However, this can be a great opportunity to explore the latest styles and technologies available, and create your perfect Goldilocks conservatory.
Call our team on 01444 45 71 45 for advice on the best way to achieve your perfect conservatory temperature. We’ll assess your current conservatory and give you a range of options for improving or replacing it.
Our aim is to give you a beautiful room that you can enjoy year-round. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.Share