For many, a conservatory is the ideal home improvement. For an affordable price, you can have an additional room in your home, giving you space to relax and entertain. And they offer a fantastic view of your garden or, if you’re lucky enough, the surrounding countryside.
With all that glass comes the problem of baking in the sunlight, though.
All that additional glass means there’s more sunlight getting into the room. This, in turn, can make it very warm and might be enough to put you off investing in a conservatory. After all, what’s the point of a room in your home that’s too hot to use?
The good news is, there are things you can do to keep your conservatory cool and comfortable, even on the hottest of days, so there really is no reason not to get one, if you follow these simple tips.
A key investment for your conservatory is blinds. Blinds can be used to deflect much of the heat entering your conservatory without impacting on the amount of light entering the room. They can be adjusted to suit the direction of the sun and, of course, open fully once the sun has passed its peak and you want to fully enjoy the view.
Properly ventilating your conservatory is the key to maintaining a comfortable temperature.
This could be as easy as simply opening a door to allow some of the warm air to escape. However, vents in the roof and above the windows will allow the air to circulate more freely and prevent a buildup of warm air in the conservatory.
Opening the doors for a while in the evening before you go to bed will also purge the hot air and create a more comfortable starting temperature for the conservatory the following day.
The position of your conservatory is a key consideration in maintaining a comfortable temperature. While a south-facing conservatory may seem like a good idea, that does mean the sun will be on it all day long, so even on the coolest of days, it will be steadily building up heat.
This can be avoided by choosing a location with better shade, either at a side of the house or beneath a tree. That way, your conservatory will still get the light you want, but won’t be under such a relentless assault from the sun as it makes its way over your garden.
Tinted glazing or window film
Tinted glazing allows the light to enter your home while deflecting some of the heat.
This means you can still enjoy the benefits of the sunlight, without your conservatory getting too hot. If you already have a conservatory, you can also retrofit solar controlled window film to the glass to have the same effect.
Conservatories are a hugely popular addition to homes around the UK and with good reason. But if you’re put off getting a conservatory, or you’re not using the one you have as much as you’d like because of it overheating, you can rest assured that the temperature is completely manageable, meaning you can enjoy your conservatory all year round. So get in touch with QBD today and we’ll help you make the right choice.