Conservatories are bright and airy extra rooms for your home that can be enjoyed by you and your family all year round. The summer might seem like the ideal time to enjoy your conservatory, but all that glass can soon make it overheated. An overheated conservatory isn’t much fun and can be uncomfortable to be in. To battle the heat and turn your conservatory back into a pleasant room to be in, try some of these tips to reduce the heat and keep cool all summer long.
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There’s a good reason that the conservatory is such a popular choice as an extension to people’s homes. This glazed extension has a lot of different possibilities for designs and can be adapted and adjusted to just about any home, lifestyle, or need for extra space that you might have.
All those glazed surfaces will let in lots of natural light into the conservatory. The light is beautiful, but unfortunately, it also brings the heat. Energy-efficient glazing is designed to prevent heat from being lost out of the conservatory windows, which is great in the winter, but not so great in the summer when heat can become an issue if it gets trapped.
Luckily, there are lots of different things that can be done to make sure your conservatory doesn’t overheat and is instead a cool, pleasant place to relax during the summer.
Ventilate The Conservatory Well
If air is able to get trapped in the conservatory, it’s sure to overheat. The easiest way to stop this from happening is to make sure that air is able to freely circulate between the indoors and outdoors.
There are lots of ways that you can ventilate your conservatory. The fastest method is just to open a door or a window. If you’re building a conservatory, choose windows that you can open wide, like Renewal by Andersen windows. To stop it from overheating in the first place, put in roof vents or trickle ventilators in the windows.
Proper ventilation will keep the conservatory cool in hot weather, and it will also make sure that any airborne moisture and pollutants can be let out of your home. This keeps your air quality high in the house and reduces the risk of condensation.
Shade The Conservatory From The Sun
Blinds, shades, awnings, and sails on the roof and windows can help to shield your conservatory from the direct sunlight and give you some much-needed respite from the heat at the hottest part of the summer.
You can create the same effect with some clever planting too. If you plant a tree next to the conservatory, it can provide some natural sun cover. Choose a deciduous tree, so it blocks the sun in summer and lets the sun in during the winter.
Install Solar Control Or Tinted Glazing
Sunlight brings the heat in with it. Some special kinds of glazing can act as a filter between the light and heat, allowing the light in while reducing the amount of heat from the sun that can come into the conservatory.
Solar control glass allows sunlight to pass through the glass but will reflect and radiate away from the heat. If you use this kind of glazing on the roof and windows, it can regulate the temperature inside.
Fit Window Film To Glazed Surfaces
If you don’t want or can’t afford to replace all the glass in your conservatory, window film can give similar results.
When put directly onto the glass, this solar control window film can help to reduce the overheating problem in your conservatory. It can also reduce glare and offer some protection from the UV which can fade your furniture.
Get Air Conditioning
Air conditioning is one of the most effective ways to keep your conservatory cool, but it’s also one of the more expensive options. Good air conditioning can be expensive to buy and to run, but it will give you control over the temperature. Some can heat as well as cool, so you can warm the conservatory in winter too. This can be worth considering if you spend a lot of time in the conservatory all year round.
Fit Ceiling Fans
If your budget doesn’t stretch to air-conditioning, then a ceiling fan can do a good job of cooling the room. As the fan is overhead, it can spread cool air evenly through the conservatory.
Plant A Tree
This is a more creative solution to dealing with a hot conservatory, but it does work well. By planting a tree so it can cast shade over the conservatory, you can add more protection from heat. If you want to let in more light in the winter to keep the conservatory warm, you can plant a deciduous tree that will lose its leaves in the winter.
Choose The Right Furniture
To keep your conservatory cool, it’s a good idea not to pack it too full with large furniture. The less furniture you have in there, the more the air will be able to flow, and the cooler the space will be able to stay. Instead, choose lightweight, smaller pieces.
For example, bamboo or rattan furniture doesn’t take up much room, allows air to pass through it, and looks stylish for a garden room. In the winter, you can throws and cushions to your furniture to make it cozier and to help you keep warm.
Combine Several Strategies
The best way to stop your conservatory from getting too hot is to design it that way from the start if you can. Hire a professional to talk you through the different options at the design stage if you’re adding a conservatory to make sure it will be comfortable to use even on the hottest days of the year.
If already have a conservatory that gets too hot, consider all these different options together. Every conservatory is a little different, but combining a few different strategies can be the best way to tackle the problem of overheating.