Making your home more energy efficient has numerous boons to recommend it. Eco-friendly and cost efficient, it’s good for the environment and good for your pocket, and those are two major selling points in and of themselves.
Your conservatory is one area where it’s easy to cut down. A buffer against the weather, they tend to stay a few degrees warmer than the outside temperature without any effort on your part, making them a pleasant place to sit even in the depths of winter.
But how can they help you to save money on your bills?
Conservatories are often made of materials that soak up available heat, and this means that even without the use of radiators they still stay warmer than you’d expect. It’s best to site them so that they face towards the south-east; this way, they draw the rays from the morning sun, but are slightly shaded at the warmest part of the day, so that even on the hottest summer evening, they’re cool enough to sit in without using an energy draining fan to keep them that way.
Draught and Heat Loss Reduction
Conservatories have the added benefit of acting as a buffer between your home and the outside world, with all of its raging winds and cold temperatures. As a result, they reduce both draughts and heat loss, and any air that comes through them is warmed on its way. This is especially handy because a lot of the heat that’s lost from well-insulated houses is through ventilation.
Utilising Thermal Mass
Although some conservatories will feel temperate even in winter, others may be a little cooler than you would like, but heating them defeats their energy saving objective. To help them stay warmer for longer, you need to try and utilise thermal mass during their construction, as the more of this there is, the hotter it will remain. Thus, adding your conservatory onto an existing brick wall could be a good idea, as could installing a solid conservatory roof and a stone or brick floor to soak up heat during the day, slowly releasing this as the air cools.
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