Homeowners all over the world like the addition of a conservatory to their house, and it can be a great investment. Having a space that makes the most of natural light and provides you with extra space can be a great thing to take advantage of. A lot of people like conservatories as they create a doorway to the garden if the weather decides to take a turn for the worst.

Although a conservatory is an amazing thing to have during the summer months, it can be equally as useful during winter time. Coming home from a long day at work to shelter from the cold in a warm and comfortable conservatory is an experience like no other.

It does create a question though. What is the best way to heat up your conservatory?

There are a number of options you can choose from, with some being more preferable than others. Here’s a look at the best choices that will be more than suitable for heating up your conservatory.

Electric Radiators

If you want a heating option that is quick and easy to use, as well as fuss free, an electric radiator may be the best choice for you. In the case that you already have a conservatory built, they can be the best choice as you don’t need to pay for a new heating extension or re-build.

You have a number of options to choose from, as they can range in size, shape and even style. There are even compact models that sit lower down than a standard radiator which are specially useful if you’re restricted on space.

A room is able to be heated up quickly when you use an electric radiator as you only need to flick a switch. This also works in the other way, with them cooling down quickly as well. They are one of the most efficient ways of heating a conservatory because of these reasons.

Depending on the heating system you choose, it can result in you having to spend a lot of money to ensure it runs efficiently, as well as the occasional safety check. As there aren’t any essential moving parts that can wear out, there are few things that could result in something going wrong.

Something to bear in mind with this form of heating is that it needs cleaning on a regular basis. Because of the way it works, dust will naturally start to collect in the trenches. Simply giving it a vacuum takes care of it, and the grilles can be easily rolled out to give you easy access.

Underfloor heating

Similar to trench heating, underfloor heating is a great way to ensure your conservatory is heated. It has become a popular way of heating a space because of how well made the technology is and how much a standard radiator can end up costing.

One of the reasons people like this form of heating is how it stops dust gathering as radiators normally do. If someone in your home suffers from a respiratory issue such as asthma, underfloor heating will be the essential heating method for you.

Underfloor heating can be used with the majority of floor types, this includes stone, carpet, lino, laminate and hardwood. The only thing you have to be aware of is the thermal resistance of the material (known as the tog), as it should be below 1.5.

A use for underfloor heating which is a bit unconventional is a way to clean up any spillages. If someone spills some water in the conservatory, it can be dangerous if someone slips. The way underfloor heating works, the spillage will quickly evaporate if you simply turn it on.

One thing to note if you want underfloor heating is that it can normally only be installed before a conservatory is built, so if you intend on having it installed on an already existing conservatory it can cost a lot of time and money.

Air Conditioning

Another heating method that isn’t considered anywhere near as much as others is air conditioning, which can be a great choice for your conservatory. It’s normally associated with use during summer to keep cool, but the majority of models do actually allow you to keep warm.

Through the use of a heat pump, warm air can be taken from outside and used inside of your conservatory. This does have a large dependence on there being at least some warm air outside so that it can be produced in the conservatory.

If you want a heating system that’s adaptable for both heating and cooling, air conditioning is one of the best choices you can make. You are able to use filters with the specific air conditioning unit you have so that airborne fungus, smoke, mites and various odours are completely removed.

For a lot of people, they prefer that their conservatory is a place of relaxation to get away from the hustle that happens outside of the home. As traditional radiators are made out of metal, as they contract and expand depending on the heat they can make a significant amount of noise. Air conditioning is a quiet process, so you can still have your silent sanctuary.

Traditional radiator

Although there are a number of new heating methods that you can use to heat up your conservatory, sometimes you just can’t beat the standard way of heating up a home. A traditional radiator can be a great choice, and are often one of the most affordable options.

If you have it fitted to your mains you can schedule it to turn on when you want it to, which can be a massive advantage in the winter months. Being able to come home to be greeted with a comfy warmth is an amazing feeling. It’s also easy to switch off radiators so during summer you can easily make sure that your conservatory radiator doesn’t turn on.

Of course, radiators are one of the most common forms of heating a home. This means that if a fault happens to develop it’s easy to find a replacement part for a decent cost. Radiators are also easy to access compared to other forms of heating, so there’s no worry of extra costs just to reach it.

It doesn’t simply heat up your conservatory space either. It can be used to place towels and wet clothes if you need something to dry quickly but you are unable to hang it outside.

Radiator covers can be a great addition to a conservatory as well. A radiator can take up a significant amount of room, but through the use of a cover you can reclaim the flat surface you lost. It’s perfect to put on pictures or certain types of plants.

Of course, one of the downsides of radiators is the noise they make. As they’re made of metal, they will produce noise when they contract and expand. A cover can silence these noises that are normally associated with radiators, again allowing you to keep your conservatory as a place of relaxation.

Conwy Valley Plumbing and your conservatory heating needs

Here at Conwy Valley Plumbing we want to make sure that you get the best service possible. We make sure that any bespoke conservatories are made to your specifications, and that goes for the heating methods as well.

No conservatory is complete without a heating method, and you may be surprised that it’s a legal requirement. You want your conservatory to be as useful during cold days as it is during the summer, which is why we make sure to install heating methods that are best suited for the situation.

If you have any questions or queries that you want answered, get in contact today. Our highly trained staff have the passion and motivation to help you with anything you may want to know. Call us on 01492 550 120, or email us at info@conwyvalleywindows.co.uk.