Are you concerned about the amount of energy your conservatory may be consuming? If so, you’re not alone – many homeowners struggle with the upfront cost of installing a conservatory, and then find themselves dealing with increased utility costs year after year.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to make your conservatory more energy efficient and lower those monthly payments. In this blog post, we’ll look at how to evaluate your current setup and make informed changes for improved efficiency. Read on to learn more about simple yet effective ways to create an energy-efficient conservatory.
In this blog post, we explore the ways in which you can improve the energy efficiency of your conservatory so you can enjoy a comfortable living space all year long, whilst saving money on your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint.
What is an energy-efficient conservatory?
An energy-efficient conservatory is a smart choice for any homeowner looking to save money on heating costs and reduce their environmental impact. The key to an energy-efficient conservatory is its insulation, which helps to improve a conservatory’s thermal efficiency by preventing heat from escaping the room.
This is achieved through the use of high-quality insulation materials in the walls, conservatory roof, and floor of the conservatory. Modern technologies and manufacturing methods mean that we can reduce heat loss in a conservatory, and improve the energy efficiency of our conservatories.
Another feature of an energy-efficient conservatory is its ability to reduce energy consumption. This is achieved through the use of energy-efficient windows and doors, which help to prevent drafts and keep the conservatory well-sealed. Additionally, energy-efficient lighting and heating systems can be used to further reduce energy consumption.
By investing in an energy-efficient conservatory, homeowners can save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. This is because an energy-efficient conservatory consumes less energy, which means fewer fossil fuels need to be burned to heat the space, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
How do you make a conservatory more energy efficient?
When searching for an energy-efficient conservatory, it’s important to consider a variety of factors. Making these improvements to your conservatory will not just improve your home’s energy efficiency in the short term. These are all improvements that are designed to keep your conservatory insulated and performing for years to come.
One of the major causes of heat loss and reduced energy efficiency may be caused by a conservatory roof. Although this is one of the most fundamental features of your conservatory, conservatory roofs can be improved or replaced where necessary to manage your thermal efficiency.
A polycarbonate roof is perfect for homeowners that want to include more natural light in their living spaces. These are a more affordable option, made from several sheets of plastic with gaps of air between them. Whilst their appearance isn’t too dissimilar from a regular glass roof, their thermal efficiency properties are much less impressive.
If your conservatory currently has a polycarbonate roof, your conservatory will likely feel colder in the winter, but even warmer in the summer, making your conservatory uncomfortable all year round. For better energy efficiency all year round, you may want to consider upgrading to a double-glazed or tiled roof.
Like a polycarbonate roof, a glass conservatory roof is perfect for allowing more natural light into your conservatory. A glass roof can also make your conservatory space feel a lot bigger.
Compared to polycarbonate conservatory roofs, a double-glazed glass roof provides increased thermal efficiency. With modern double-glazing methods, your new conservatory roof will help reduce heat transfer from your internal living space.
A new tiled roof is superior to glass and polycarbonate roofing. A tiled conservatory roof transforms your conservatory into a fully functioning extension that can be utilised all year round, no matter the weather. These will effectively trap heat in the room, allowing you to keep it at a comfortable temperature all year round without the extensive costs of heating.
For improvements or replacements of your underperforming conservatory roof, contact us today to see how our teams can assist you in your new conservatory roof replacement.
Your conservatory flooring needs to be considered as important as the rest of the flooring in your house. If you compromise on your conservatory flooring your energy efficiency may be at risk.
Insulated flooring consists of installing thermal insulation between the floorboards and the subfloor, reducing cold transference from beneath the conservatory. For more efficient flooring, you may also consider installing underfloor heating. This will allow you to keep your entire conservatory at a comfortable temperature so that it can be used all year round. You can learn more about the efficiency of underfloor heating in our blog.
Your current conservatory windows and doors can also be upgraded to improve your home’s thermal efficiency. With glass being the primary feature of a conservatory, it makes sense that you’d want the glazing to be as efficient as possible.
Investing in energy-efficient double glazing for your conservatory can help retain heat whilst also increasing your conservatories energy efficiency. Whilst windows must comply with a U-value rating of C or higher as of 2010, improving your older conservatory windows that were installed prior can make a huge difference to your energy efficiency. Double glazing can also add value to your home, making it a valuable investment for any conservatory. For more information on improved window and door installation, contact our team today.
Thermal blinds are an effective conservatory dressing that can help maintain the energy efficiency of your conservatory. Thermal blinds are manufactured with insulative properties that help prevent draughts from entering your internal living spaces from your windows, whilst also retaining the heat inside the property.
Investing in thermal blinds for your conservatory may not only improve your energy efficiency but also add an additional touch of style to your home also.
Energy-Efficient Conservatories in Nottingham
Here at KLG Rutland, we provide a 10-year surface warranty on all of our conservatories so you can keep your home stylish and insulated for years to come. For more information on our conservatories on offer, contact us today. Or, better yet, visit either our Nottingham showroom or Derby showroom.