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How to keep your overheated conservatory usable all year round

Posted: Monday 17th May 2021 |Author: Alistair Sales
P-Shape Conservatory - June 2018

Warmer months are just around the corner and for many this results in overheated conservatories. We all know conservatories are beautiful spaces through every season of the year. However, an overheated conservatory is not so desirable. Unfortunately, this can be incredibly uncomfortable, which leads us to abandon the room entirely—what a waste of space.

A conservatory doesn’t always have to be unusable in the summer months. With proper ventilation and a few simple steps, you’ll be able to use your conservatory all year round by following our simple steps outlined below.

For a good reason, a conservatory is a popular home improvement/extension option. The extensive glazing panels atop the below frame creates endless light and additional space for your home. We’re not even mentioning the vast design possibilities.

One downside of having an abundance of glazed surfaces is heat becomes easily trapped. Energy-efficient glazing, which Elglaze provides, is designed to minimise heat loss – consequently, warming up the entire conservatory. Undoubtedly, a rather uncomfortable experience at the peak of summer. Oh, but we hear you shout: “What summer, we’re in the UK!”…

Fortunately, there a few simple solutions that can help keep your conservatory cooler in the summer months.

Ventilate your conservatory

The air passing through a room can work tremendously in cooling it down. Trapped air is a sure formula for disaster. Just let your conservatory breathe a little. Simply open the doors or a couple of windows (or both) and let the outside air pass through the overheated conservatory. You are essentially preventing what is known as the ‘greenhouse effect’.

By improving air circulation, you’re not only preventing your conservatory from overheating but also improving air quality – by reducing airborne moisture and pollutants.

Make sure adequate shading is in place

Blinds, shades, awnings, and sails can help shield a conservatory from direct sunlight and provide a welcome break from the penetrating sun rays in the summer.

One more tip to create better shading for the conservatory is to plant bushes and trees in the garden. Doing so will help create a natural sunlight barrier.

Replacing your roof can help with your overheated conservatory

There are two main types of conservatory roof to consider. The first and entry-level roof is a polycarbonate conservatory roof. One of the most apparent benefits of using this type of conservatory roof will ensure a plentiful light supply. However, other options to consider will likely make a big difference in cooling your conservatory.

Equinox roof conservatory with brown tiles

Equinox roof conservatory with brown tiles

Tiled conservatory roofs will not let as much sunlight pass through. Nevertheless, they provide excellent thermal efficiency all year round. You are keeping your conservatory cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. You’ll still be able to get natural light with our rooflight installations. 

Use a film on glazed surfaces

A relatively cost-effective short term solution is to use retrofitted film on any of the glazed panels in your overheated conservatory.  Not only will this reduce overheating, but it can provide a certain level of UV protection – protecting furniture from staining or getting damaged from direct sunlight.

Fail to plan, plan to fail

The best way to make sure your conservatory doesn’t overheat is to plan ahead and design it the correct way from the start. Talk to us because we’re happy to give you the best advice possible to help plan your new home improvements. Whether that be an updated conservatory roof or a composite front door, we’re here to help!

If you consider some of these options above or all of them, you’ll be well on your way to a cooler living space.

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