It seems that 35% of the heat in your home is lost through the walls. A further 25% is lost through the roof. On top of all that you can lose 25% from the windows and doors as well as 15% from the basement and floors.
All of that heat loss basically means you are wasting money heating the cold air outside your home. Still, everyone knows that they lose heat from their home. Not everyone knows that a conservatory can help reduce heat loss from your home.
You might associate a conservatory with a cold place in the winter and a hot place in the summer so this is surprising. In this article, we will explain 7 reasons why a conservatory will help prevent heat loss.
Let’s start with number one.
1. More Glass and Less Bricks
If you have a conservatory fitted to your house you are basically replacing bricks with glass. Of course, the extent to which you do that depends on the style of the conservatory and its size.
If your brick walls are not insulated they are a key area you will experience heat loss in your home. If they are insulated, that means when the sun shines, the heat from the sun will not efficiently transfer to the room. In other words, the heat will be lost.
Replacing bricks with glass will allow for heat to transfer from the outside into your home. Your conservatory will act as a sun trap and capture natural heat from the sun. As this serves to warm your house you will not need to use as much heat.
Using less heat equals saving money on your energy bills. Even in Britain, with our less than perfect weather, this can make a big difference.
2. More Double Glazing
There are windows and then there is double glazing. One of the top suggestions for preserving heat in your home is by fitting windows that are double glazed.
Double glazed windows are not just two panes of glass. Truly efficient double glazed windows are completely sealed with a layer of gas between the glass panes.
This design serves to insulate from heat loss. It also helps the home in other ways too. For example, this type of window helps to keep outside noise at a lower level and if you like your in home entertainment, it will keep your neighbours happy too.
This does not mean your conservatory has to be completely made of glass to reap the benefits. There are lots of options and styles that are energy efficient. If you are worried about it being too hot, you can easily regulate the heat with vents, windows and even bi-folding doors.
3. More Insulated Walls
A single brick wall will lose heat. A double layer of bricks will help. An insulated wall will be even better. The mix between wall and window space will always vary on the style of conservatory you choose.
As a general rule, the walls should be insulated. This means that any heat from your home will be retained within your home more efficiently. While it is true the walls will not convey natural heat from the sub, you can rest assured the larger windows will do that and the walls will help keep that heat in.
4. More Insulated Floor
Do you have an insulated floor? This is another area you will lose heat. If you have exposed wooden floors then no doubt they look beautiful. However, a suspended wooden floor is an area you could lose heat.
Beautiful does not have to be energy inefficient. That is the principle of modern conservatories. The floor in your conservatory can be insulated to help prevent heat loss.
If you have a conservatory fitted to your house you are potentially increasing the footprint of your home. If the floor is insulated you are reducing the area in which heat can be lost.
5. Open or Closed?
In the winter you will definitely want to keep your conservatory doors closed. That said it is possible, depending on the design to have a set of internal doors as well as external doors.
This can add another layer of insulation to your home. The conservatory will act like a giant insulator. Of course, this is dependent on the quality and insulation that goes along with your conservatory.
6. Warm Roof
Your roof is one of the greatest areas you may lose heat. When you have a warm roof fitted to your conservatory you are extending the principle of roof insulation to include your conservatory as well.
This can help to make your conservatory a part of your home that you can use and enjoy throughout the year regardless of the weather. Even if it is cold and you heat your home, your heat will not dissipate through the roof at a faster rate than normal.
7. Location Location Location
You have heard it said that location is everything when buying property. The beauty of fitting a conservatory is that you have some freedom on where the conservatory will be located.
True, depending on the design of your home, the room layout and the view you may be set on a particular location of the conservatory. However, consideration of the location and the position of the sun will make a big difference in heat loss or energy efficiency in your home.
When deciding on the location and design we will help you. You can check out how we work here.
Prevent Heat Loss – Conserve Energy
A well designed and well-made conservatory does not have to cause heat loss. As you have seen from the reasons above, a conservatory can live up to its name and conserve heat.
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