Conservatories and orangeries are rooms most commonly associated with the warmer summer months. In fact, if you’ve ever flicked through the pages of a glossy conservatory sales brochures, or researched orangeries online, you’ve probably noticed one common theme – in all of the photos, homeowners are relaxing in their conservatory under glorious sunny skies, with not a cloud in sight.
Of course there is a reason for this. Whilst such rooms can provide a great place to relax during the spring and summer season, if you have ever ventured into your conservatory during the colder winter months, you are probably well aware it can often be a cold, inhospitable space. In fact, conservatories are notoriously difficult to heat, meaning they often go unused during winter.
There’s a lot of confusion about how to heat a conservatory, and whilst many homeowners are now much more knowledgeable about their home’s central heating system, when it comes to heating their conservatory there remains a lot of misunderstanding.
In this blog, we attempt to dispel the myths around heating a conservatory and introduce the new heating technology that is allowing homeowners to keep such places warm and cosy all year round and make the most of the room during the winter months.
The issue with heating conservatories
When it comes to heating a conservatory, one option is to extend your central heating system into the room; however, this can often prove a time-consuming and costly task. Any radiator installed within the conservatory must be controlled separately to the rest of the system, placing additional pressure on your boiler. In some cases, an upgraded boiler may even be needed.
If you are going down this route you may also have to contact your local council before doing so to ensure you are compliant with specific building regulations. Add to this the potential spatial constraints associated with fitting radiators and the accompanying pipework in such a small space, and installing central heating can quickly become a laborious task.
Thankfully the arrival of state-of-the-art infrared heating technology is helping homeowners to overcome such issues and ensure their conservatories are habitable all year round. But what is infrared heating and how does it work?
Have you ever touched a surface warmed by the sun on an early spring day and felt a pleasant warmth, even when a thermometer indicates it is cold? That’s essentially how infrared heating works.
Unlike conventional gas or electric heating systems, which heat rooms by warming the air, infrared heating works by directly heating walls, floors, furniture and other items located in the room, as well as your body. Heated objects then slowly release the warmth into the environment, without the need for air or any other medium to carry it.
What this means is the temperature in the room can be easily maintained and restored if needed, whilst the difference between floor and ceiling temperatures is significantly reduced, in turn significantly reducing your heating costs.
Our infrared heating panels are quick and easy to install in any conservatory, orangery or glass extension, with wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, or even free-standing options available. In most cases, you may not even need an electrician, you can simply just plug the system in. Once installed the systems required little to no maintenance or servicing, further delivering long-term savings when compared with more conventional heating systems.
Infrared systems can be tailored to your specific requirements, with bespoke designs allowing any image to be displayed on the panel. This means the panel actually looks like a painting that gives out heat.
Ideal for heating domestic, industrial or commercial premises, one of many advantages of infrared heating is it does not create air currents that raise dust particles, making it ideal for allergy sufferers.