Heating your Conservatory

According to a new report, after undergoing several years of continued decline, the UK conservatory market began a recovery process in 2012/13 and by the end of 2014 experts estimated that it was worth around £620m. The combined UK market for glazed extensions and conservatories is forecast to experience growth rates that are relatively buoyant and it is projected to reach over £760m in value by end of 2018.

It is a well-known fact in real estate circles that certain home additions can vastly increase the value of your property. Currently, in the UK, the cost of building a conservatory can vary between £6,000 and £20,000, of course depending on the size, the chosen design, your property size, and your location. A correctly designed conservatory that costs you between £4,000 and £10,000 has the potential of increasing the value of your home by 5% or around £15,000.

When building a conservatory, it is generally assumed that all the owners want to grow some flowers or other serious plants like citrus and vegetables. The truth is that there are many others who simply want a cool place to enjoy their starlit evenings as they sip their evening drink under the fragrance of fresh plant smells.

There are tremendous benefits that come with being able to make use of your conservatory throughout the year. For some people, it is not simply a nice place to utilise when the Sun is out and shining, but a private spot to relax, to read, or contemplate life issues when it’s raining outside. It can be your special spot in the sunshine where you can enjoy the pleasant view of your gardens throughout the seasons.

A conservatory can often be used as an extra family room where you can entertain guests. During those chilly winter months, your pets will also find a place to seek warmth. But your conservancy needs to be heated first if it is to serve your needs all year round.

Why heat the conservatory?

There are many reasons why you would want to heat your conservatory. Perhaps it is used as your breakfast room which means that it must be warm enough in the morning and in fact, all year round. If you intend to use your conservatory throughout the day over winter, it makes great sense to install an efficient heating solution that can be managed easily.

You probably have some tropical or sub-tropical plants which cannot withstand typical freezing winter temperatures. In that case, you will need to ensure the temperature doesn’t drop below a certain level. Ideally, when it’s below zero during the winter, your conservatory should be warmer.

Your plants respire at night and because there is no sunlight, they change their natural activity from photosynthesis to cell respiration. They will grow unnaturally leggy and long as they look for the mythical sunshine that is known to last only a couple of hours in some locations during winter. Your conservatory temperature at night should ideally be set around 70 degrees Farenheight (about 21 C).

Your conservatory heating options

Conservatories come with unique heating requirements. In particular, heating your conservatory during the winter can be challenging. This is because linking it to your central heating may not be the best option as it may not meet the requirements of the UK Part L building regulations in regard to heat loss. Because of their glass structure, high ceilings and a bigger number of exterior walls, heat tends to escape quickly.

In fact, experts estimate that heat escapes 8-times faster through a conservatory’s double glazed windows than is lost through a standard cavity wall. This means that selecting an energy efficient heating solution for your conservatory heating is perhaps more critical for this special room than for any other space within your home.

 Over the balmier summer season, of course, your conservatory takes care of itself. After all, for all purposes, it’s a greenhouse attached to your house and it should, therefore, retain a fair amount of heat when the sun is up and shining. However, during winter – or even on cooler autumn and summer evenings, because they can get rather chilly, too many conservatories are left to sit empty or unused for long periods. This is potentially useful space left to go to waste.

For the general comfort of your conservatory, choice of heating is a very critical consideration.  On sunny summer days your conservatory quickly warms up but when evening falls it can tend to get quite cold. Considering how much it cost you to build, ideally, you should be able to make use of your conservatory all year round. However, too many conservatories are just too cold for you to sit inside for long during the colder periods of the year.

When the cold winter season arrives or in case summer comes a bit late than normally expected, you may want to boost the comfort of your conservatory by investing in some type of heating. Let’s look at and review the available options that can help you to make use of this valuable extra space in your home all year round.

Central heating

If your home already has a central heating system, it’s possible to link it up your conservatory. All that will be required to get the most out of it is to install a thermostatically controlled radiator. This will ensure that your conservatory is controlled independently from the rest of your home.  In the United Kingdom, however, you will have to ensure the heating system for both the main house and the conservatory adhere to the local building regulations.

The building regulations compliance is obviously an extra headache which you will not have to face were you to install electric radiators for your conservatory. In addition, if the main house and the conservatory heating are not separated, it may not serve the plants in your conservatory well when you switch off the central heating at night, like most of us tend to do.

Underfloor heating system

Generally associated with tiled or stone floors, underfloor heating can also be fitted in a carpeted conservancy.  It can either run on a pumped water system or electricity. The downside of having an underfloor heating system is that compared to most other methods, it could turn out to be a little more expensive to install. It will cost you about £75 per-square-metre to install underfloor pre-fitted heating mats, or £100 if you opt for loose cables. It also means digging up and installing pipes below your conservatory floor.

Air Conditioning

This method comes with double benefits: during the summer, the air-conditioning unit can be used to keep your conservatory cool and nice, whilst during the cooler months the AC can be used to heat the place to a suitable temperature. The main drawback of this method is that for a place where peace and silence are greatly valued, it can be quite noisy especially when running at full speed. It can also cost more to install compared to others methods reviewed above.

In addition, air conditioning not only creates unstable air turbulence but also lifts particles and dust in to the air you breathe which could have negative effects on your family members. AC leaves house occupants more vulnerable to pneumonia, fever & colds, as well as other airborne illnesses. Air condition is also known to increase the symptoms associated with arthritis.

Electrical systems

An electrical conservatory heating system is normally easier to install.  If you opt for a water based system, pipe work is laid to cover the entire conservatory floor. Controlled warm water flowing from a heat source gets pumped through the tubing. This involves installing pipes which can be quite cumbersome and expensive.

Electric radiators make a better heating solution and as no plumbing into your central heating system is required. They are not only easier to install but also safer, and of course modern. They heat up your space rapidly. For example, the Rointe Kyros and D-Series range of radiators have been manufactured using the latest technology to ensure you get the highest level of performance together with an extremely low rate of energy consumption. Such a sterling performance has been achieved courtesy of the Fuzzy Logic Energy Control proprietary technology that accounts for only 38% of the radiator’s nominal power.

Rointe conservatory electric radiators are the best option for heating your conservatory as they can be installed easily to low-level walls or very low dwarf walls providing the best economical heating. With the Rointe Application, another first from Rointe, you will have the temperatures of your conservancy under control with a near accuracy of ± 0.25 ° C. The highly convenient Rointe Connect app not only allows you to manage your entire D Series water and heating system in the easiest way but to also connect with other devices allowing you control from anywhere and anytime.

Conclusion

 According to national statistics, over 200,000 households in the UK apply for conservatory planning and home extension permission yearly. While estimates indicate that lots of these conservatories are generally unused during the colder winter months, advances in insulation and heating techniques could imply that more householders can benefit from using their conservatories all year round.

Therefore, conservatory heating becomes a necessary domestic expense if you want to make maximum use of your conservatory throughout the year, especially during the winter months or those overcast days in Autumn/Spring. That is why installing a good heating system becomes paramount. Customer reviews from those who have installed Rointe heaters are all praise about these amazing technological heating breakthroughs. You cannot make a better choice than Rointe.