5 Tips to Keep your Conservatory Cool in the Summer!

Our industry experts explain how you can keep yourself cool in your conservatory this summer.

As I write this, there’s still a bit of a chill in the air but like many Brits, I’m really looking forward to a glorious summer of sunshine and cold beverages! We imagine you are too, like many of our customers who are having their beautiful conservatories installed right at this moment. We have seen the biggest increase in enquiries about conservatories in our company’s history, and we are delighted to see more and more of our customers taking the plunge and investing in a space that exists purely for their enjoyment.

A conservatory promises to be the ideal place to enjoy a summer’s day, but if you’re a veteran conservatory lounger, you’ll know as well as we do that they can sometimes get a little warm! I mean, it certainly makes sense, since they’re glassy structures which welcome the sun all day long (much like a greenhouse!)

So how do you stop your little sun trap from becoming a sauna? We’ve compiled 5 top tips to keep your conservatory cool in the summer:

  1. Install some blinds

Blinds are not only pleasing to the eye, but they also go a great job of keeping the sun’s searing rays out too! By physically blocking the sun’s rays, they can dramatically drop the temperature (and they work equally well as an insulator in the winter too!)

  1. Add some Air Conditioning

It’s something of an investment, but air conditioning units have come down in price quite a lot over recent years! With prices ranging from £400-1200 for a good, dual-function system that can keep your conservatory cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This is a particularly favourable option for households with hayfever sufferers, providing a safe, enclosed space which still benefits from the sunlight.

  1. Let your bottom breathe!

Soft, light furnishings, made from breathable materials such as cotton will do wonders for your seating. Steer clear of leathers as they tend to get uncomfortable pretty quickly, and nobody wants to have to peel themselves off their seat! We also recommend avoiding hardwoods, or otherwise fitting them with nice breathable cushions, as they tend to hold on to the heat.

  1. Let the breeze in

It may sound simple, but maximising the airflow through your conservatory is the most effective way to keep it cool. It might be that you fit it with a slightly bigger door or a lantern which opens up in the ceiling. You may even consider some windows with bigger sashes. Whatever you do, make sure there are openings leading through your house and open doors or windows further along (remember air-flow).

  1. Replace your Conservatory Roof!

If you have tried all the above and are still struggling to keep your conservatory warm, the chances are that you are sitting in a slightly older model of conservatory which was built at a time when people didn’t consider the importance of thermal efficiency quite as much. Our experts can advise you on how you can replace your roof, which will make your conservatory:

  • Cooler in the summer
  • Warmer in the winter
  • Much kinder to your pockets (think of the bills!)
  • Quieter when it is raining
  • Easier to keep clean
  • Much less likely to leak or be damaged by the elements

If you would like to discuss with our experienced team how you could go about replacing your conservatory roof, or find out how much it would cost, call us on 01603 383483.

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