The conservatory is one of the first major home improvement projects that most of us think about when we start to consider adding value, and space, to our properties. Most of the time, the location is already decided for us – few of us have the luxury of connecting the room to a certain side of the house.
However, the location of this room is actually incredibly important to how it is going to perform for you. As any conservatory-owner will tell you, these are by no means rooms that can be utilized all-year around. Most of the time, unless you have made the adequate provisions from the start of the project, conservatories can only be used for a tiny portion of the year. During the winter they are just too cold to be used, while even in the summer some would say that they are inhabitable due to the immense heat that they attract.
The problems that are associated with conservatories actually vary depending on their orientation. Bearing this in mind, we’re now going to take a look at both north and south facing conservatories – and what you can do to eradicate the drawbacks of each.
North Facing Conservatories
The beauty about the north facing conservatory is that they rarely overheat, meaning that they can easily be used throughout the whole of summertime. However, in the winter the temperature drops drastically – making them utterly inhabitable at this period of the year.
However, fear not, there are solutions relating to window blinds to combat this problem. From an aesthetic perspective, choosing warmer colors such as yellows and reds can immediately fool the brain and make the room at least seem warmer than it really is.
However, to overcome the physical senses, it’s time for some of the more modern window blind products. This is where the insulated blind enters the picture and with these helping to retain the conservatory’s heat, it can immediately prevent the room from becoming like a fridge.
South Facing Conservatories
As you may have gathered, south facing conservatories have a completely opposite set of problems. It’s in these instances where your room will overheat and become unusable in the particularly hot periods of the summer. On the flip side, they are slightly more tolerable in winter.
As such, it’s all about making them more habitable in the warmer months. Once upon a time this would have been nigh-on-impossible, but window treatments have made the situation easier to resolve again. Through solar shades, it’s possible to block out the vast majority of UV rays, and ultimately the heat that they emit. With the sunlight still shining through these materials, you’re left with a conservatory that is comfortable, and still lit by natural daylight.
Therefore, there do seem to be workarounds for both orientations. Of course other issues such as the region your property is based in will come into play, but in most areas the above window treatment rules can make your conservatory habitable for much longer periods across the year.