Tracey Jackson, Marketing Manager at Howells Patent Glazing, says: “Whilst brick-built rooms are always insulated better than a conservatory (in the main), the added appeal of panoramic views of the outdoors and being able to let natural light flood your home, is what makes them incredibly popular. However, you don’t have to suffer in the cold. There are a few solutions to combat the cold during the winter months, and we thought we would share them with you.”
Howells Patent Glazing, which has been in the glazing manufacturing industry for over 40 years, is an expert in its field and knows just how to keep the nation’s conservatories warm during winter. Here are its top tips for beating the chill:
Start from the bottom
It’s a well-known fact that heat rises – and as a conservatory roof is usually made of glass, that’s where it loses most of its heat. If the flooring in a conservatory is cold (tile or laminate flooring), consider adding carpet with a thick, quality underlay. Not in the budget? Then consider buying big, thick or fluffy rugs – these will have the added advantage of being portable, so storing them in the summer months is easy.
Barricade the breeze
As winter looms, so comes the wind. If the wind starts howling through a conservatory, explore and inspect the seals. Old, ill-maintained seals can erode and leave gaps for the wind to penetrate through. Often, it can be worth paying to have glazing re-sealed, or those who are of a ‘handy’ persuasion can give it a go themselves with the help of a few online tutorials.
Heat it up
Don’t be afraid to invest in a heater for the conservatory. Whilst it’s perfectly safe to have a heater in a conservatory, take note; heat escapes fast through the roof. To combat costly fuel bills, ensure the only time the heater is on is when the room is in use.
Draw the curtains
A conservatory is basically three walls of windows – so try dressing them like it. Often, hanging thermal blinds or curtains with a heavy weight can be the cheapest option for keeping a conservatory warm in winter. Draw them to keep heat from the heater and home inside, and open them to make use of the sunshine warming the room. This is an effective technique, and the more you can spend on great quality window dressings the better the insulation will be.
Check your glazing
Single-glazed conservatories are a bit like standing outside, but without the rain. Single-glazed windows are unbelievably inefficient. If the budget allows, think of replacing the glazing in a conservatory with a more efficient option; such as double or triple-glazed or solar-controlled glazing which keeps the temperature of a conservatory regulated throughout the year.
Howells Patent Glazing is known for being a forward-thinking manufacturing firm and is regarded by many as one of the UK’s best glazing companies. Howells is extremely proud of its reputation and is constantly striving to develop the business further. Giving advice on how to take care of glazing is its speciality, and the company is hoping that in 2017 it will see a new wave of domestic clients that are keen to keep up-to-date on the advances in glazing technology.