How To Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Your Conservatory
If your existing conservatory was fitted a long time ago, it may not be meeting modern performance standards in terms of thermal efficiency. This means that your room will be losing heat through the most critical point in its structure: the roof.
Assuming your conservatory is structurally sound – with the exception of a poorly-performing conservatory roof – there are measures that can taken to rectify the problem and convert your conservatory into a living space you can enjoy all year round.
Whether you’re updating your conservatory in Surrey or South London, you’re bound to find our short guide a valuable resource.
Three Ways To Make Your Conservatory More Energy Efficient
Here are some ideas for you to consider if your conservatory is too cold to spend time in during the winter, and too hot at all other times.
Choose The Right Conservatory Roof For You
A broad range of conservatory roofs are available, with the three most common and popular options being as follows:
Glass Conservatory Roofs
If you want to increase the amount of natural light into your conservatory, a glass-based system will be your best bet. Glazing technology has evolved considerably in recent years, which means that you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of glass options.
Low-emissivity glass is available, for example, which will prevent your conservatory becoming a tinderbox during the warmer seasons. At the same time, low e-glazing will create a thermal barrier that locks warm air in at all other times.
Tiled Conservatory Roofs
Tiled conservatory roofs are lighter than glass-based systems. They are well-insulated too, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy a room that’s a comfortable temperature all year round.
Our tiled conservatory roofs are fitted without glass; alternatively, full-height glazing or Velux window can be incorporated into the design – it all comes down to personal preference.
Solid Conservatory Roofs
Solid conservatory roofs are just as effective at keeping conservatories warm. Whether you want to create a new living area, playroom or work area, this roof system is worth a closer look.
There are many different product choices available. Our systems are unique, in that customers can choose the shape of their glazing and where to place it in their conservatory roof.
- Add carpeting, tiling or laminate flooring to help prevent heat loss in your conservatory
- Update or repair your double glazing if your existing units were fitted a long time ago
- Install a heating system with independent thermostatic controls in your room
- If you have the budget, consider having underfloor heating added
- Keep internal doors closed – especially during colder weather
Thermally Efficient Conservatories: FAQs
Will My New Replacement Conservatory Roof Meet Building Regs?
If you choose your replacement conservatory roof from Astral Direct, it will meet the thermal efficiency requirements of existing building regulations in your area – so you won’t need to worry about compliance issues further down the line.
What Overall U-Value Should My Conservatory Produce?
Recommended U-values vary depending on where you live and the regulatory body in question. The lower the overall U-value score, the more effective the entity in question is at retaining heat. This means that a window which produces a value of 1.2 is a better purchase than one that achieves 1.8.
How Do I Stop My Conservatory From Getting Too Warm?
It’s right to be concerned about your conservatory overheating. If your room starts to effectively ‘sweat,’ you’ll end up with damp, condensation or mould. Modern conservatories, orangeries and extensions are fitted with vents that can be manually or electronically operated – allowing you to let in cooling breezes to regulate the internal climate of your room.
To make your conservatory even more effective at ventilation, choose tilt and turn windows, as they can capture passing breezes that other double glazing styles might miss.
Bi-fold and patio doors are viable choices, as they can be opened to a wider extent than French doors. This means you’ll be able to stay cool whenever it gets too warm.
Is Underfloor Heating A Good Choice For My Conservatory?
Underfloor heating can improve the thermal efficiency of a conservatory. Bear in mind that there are two types: electrical- and water-based systems. Think about the type of flooring you’re going to use, as access may be required later on for the purposes of repairs or maintenance.
Do You Have a Question About Thermal Efficiency?
If you do, call or email the Astral Direct team to discuss your question in more detail. You can even explore the features of our many conservatory roofs by using our VR tool – or get a online price using our design app on your preferred online device