If you’ve got a conservatory, there’s no need to be cooped up indoors all winter. It’s the perfect place to enjoy some winter sun when it does peak through.
If you intend to use your conservatory in the winter (and why not?) there are several ways to make sure it’s a warm and cosy place to snuggle up with a good book and a nice cup of tea.
Here are our top tips to make your conservatory nice and toasty.
6 tips to a toasty and stylish conservatory:
1. Blinds, Curtains and Rugs
People think, and spend, a lot of money on interior decoration, but don’t always do the same to the conservatory. The result can be a bland and functional space. Blinds and curtains reduce draughts and help to retain heat, while rugs make the floor a lot nicer to walk on in cold weather.
In fact, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fit a comfy, deep-pile carpet with a heat-efficient underlay, or even carpet tiles if you’re looking to keep costs down.
Finish this off with some colourful throws for the chairs and you’ll have a snug and stylish conservatory.
2. Install Electric Radiators
For real winter luxury, you need some form of heating. Electric radiators are ideal in a conservatory. They’re warm, easily adjusted and come with thermostats so you can keep everything just right at all times. Plus, they come in a variety of stylish designs which will add to the smart appearance of the room.
Electric radiators also avoid the problem of extending your plumbing – which would be necessary if you wanted to use your existing gas central heating (and planning permission could be required for that, as well).
3. Infrared Heating
If you’re looking for full-on luxury, you could consider infrared heating. Traditional electric heaters warm the air but heat is still lost through the windows (even if you have energy-efficient double glazing).
Infrared heaters warm objects and materials so chairs, sofas, tables, decorations and, indeed, you, will all be giving off heat, so these are the perfect choice for a conservatory – lovely!
4. Upgrade the Flooring
For additional cosiness, you could install underfloor heating. Heat doesn’t really escape through the floor but there’s nothing more soothing than having warm and toasty feet, and it’ll make a huge difference to the whole atmosphere of your conservatory.
5. Insulate Your Conservatory Roof
Older conservatory roofs tend to offer little in the way of insulation, so if you have one of these you might consider replacing it with an insulated one. Different sorts are available, but the ideal way is to opt for a Guardian Warm Roof. These are designed specifically for conservatories and will keep you wonderfully warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
6. Should You Upgrade Your Windows?
If your conservatory is a fairly recent addition to your home it probably already has energy-efficient double or even triple glazing. If it’s older, the windows could be less efficient, and draught-proofing seals around the frames will be well worn.
In this case, it’s worth considering replacing the windows and doors of your conservatory, particularly if you want to use it all year round. Indeed, a conservatory can be such a versatile and comfortable part of your home, it’s a real shame not to make the most of it.
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