It is a commonly acknowledged fact that conservatories in the winter months can produce different challenges. This is especially true if your conservatory has a wooden frame.
Luckily, there are a few tips and techniques you can implement to mitigate the harsh affects winter can have on your conservatory as well as other other wooden based joinery products, such as wooden windows and doors.
Everyone knows we offer high-quality bespoke joinery in Derbyshire, included in that is our diverse and dynamic range of stylish wooden conservatories. Because of this, we thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the beneficial ways you can winter proof your conservatory this winter.
It might not surprise you to know that you should heat up your conservatory in the winter and one of the best ways to do this is with a radiator.
Depending on your gas central heating system, you might not be able to install a heater in or on your wall. However, the preferred method is having a heater that can be easily plugged into a power socket and manoeuvred around your conservatory. These radiators are usually cheaper and just as effective as other forms of heating.
It is not all sunshine and rainbows however, whilst you are heating up your conservatory, you will want to control the temperature of the building. If your conservatory gets too warm, it can end up doing more harm than good. This is because when the outside of the conservatory is very cold and the inside is very warm, it can result in the formation of condensation and various moulds.
Pay Attention to Glazing
Whilst this one is not quite our forte, you will want to pay particular attention to the glazing on your windows. Glass is not the best at holding heat to begin with and if your glass is not glazed appropriately, this becomes all the more problematic. If your windows are not double glazed or if your double glazing is faulty, you will experience more condensation as a result of draughts, this will lead to the aforementioned moulds. Accompanying this is the fact that you may also experience a hike in your energy bills, which is the last thing that you want especially in the current energy climate.
Don’t Forget About Your Wooden Flooring
Many homeowners argue the most effective way of winter proofing your wooden floor and therefore your wooden conservatory is to install underfloor heating. While there is little doubt that this technique works, this is only a realistic option if you happen to have the money to afford such a potentially costly installation.
If you can’t afford to install underfloor heating, another way to keep your floor warmer is to utilise warm rugs and carpets.
Blinds, Drapes and Throw Overs
Blinds not only allow sufficient levels of light into your conservatory but they are surprisingly a fantastic source of insulation and heat.
When you open the blinds, they act as a magnifying glass producing heat all around your living space. Accompanying this is the fact that it minimises draughts. Blankets are also handy to have over surfaces and sofas as this takes the edge off the cold surfaces providing a little more heat.