If designed well and built professionally, conservatories can be used all year round. Many homeowners find that the room is too chilly in winter and can then get overheated in summer – which isn’t useful at all! By designing an energy efficient conservatory, you can get the most out of the extra space and enjoy your home office, dining room or yoga space whatever the weather. Here are some of Prior’s top tips for creating an eco-friendly and comfortable conservatory.
- Choose an Ultraframe roof
Ultraframe manufactures conservatory roofs which successfully achieve a comfortable and controllable environment. It is the only roof which includes ventilation as standard – this is vital for creating an interior temperature which is comfortable all year round. If your conservatory is South facing, shading and ventilation is even more important. Installing an Ultraframe roof on your conservatory will guarantee a comfortable interior come rain or shine.
- Install doors between the house and the conservatory
This may sound obvious, but some people want an open plan space when designing a conservatory. While it is tempting to want to expand the kitchen or dining room in this way, if you don’t have doors leading to your conservatory then it is very difficult to retain heat. Doors can help you be more energy efficient, as when the room is not in use you can close the doors and you don’t have to use energy to heat it.
- Utilise specialised blinds
Conservatory blinds do a lot more than make the room more appealing to the eye. As well as aesthetic features, blinds have many more advantages – they help to regulate the temperature of the conservatory, preventing heat from escaping in the winter and absorbing the heat in summer. Blinds can help create a more usable room all year round, and they also reduce UV damage to your furniture.
- Floor insulation
Whether you choose conservatory tiles or a carpet for your new space, it’s important to fit floor insulation first. Heat can escape through the floor, so a good layer of insulation is essential for keeping the room as warm as possible. During winter, if you have floor tiles or wooden flooring you may wish to use large rugs to add warmth and comfort.
All modern conservatories should be built with energy efficiency in mind. If you would like to improve an older model, it is possible to replace the roof and underfloor insulation to make the most out of the conservatory all year round and reduce energy bills.