Finding Your Conservatory’s Goldilocks Zone

A conservatory can be a great addition to the home, providing you with extra space at a fraction of the cost of moving. It can be used for entertaining, as a play room for the children, a workspace, art studio or simply as a pleasant place to sit and relax. But the nature of the material used to build the conservatory means that regulating the temperature without the use of solar inserts can be difficult.

Finding Your Conservatory’s Goldilocks Zone

Too Cold

Conservatories can be extremely cold in winter due to heat loss, rendering them unusable for large portions of the year. The regulations surrounding their heating are complex but it is not permitted to extend the home’s internal heating system into the conservatory as this wastes lots of energy. Other solutions are required to enjoy this space on a regular basis.

Too Hot

Gentle morning sun sounds blissful but by midday the room may have actually become too hot. In especially warm weather the temperature may climb as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit, making the space far too uncomfortable in which to spend any significant amount of time. Another consequence of your conservatory overheating is that there can be damage to any plants that are situated there. Although many people use conservatories as an opportunity to grow tropical plants that would not otherwise flourish in this climate, even the most heat-resistant blooms can suffer from excessive temperatures if there is not enough shading. Not only will the plants dry out and wilt from lack of water and air circulation but they can even end up with scorch damage from solar heat gain.

Just Right

If the temperature of the conservatory can be effectively regulated then the room is much more useful. There are a number of options to try, including the fitting of ventilation and heating systems. However, one of the most effective methods is to install inserts, sometimes known as solar film. Purchasing solar inserts through Polycool will allow you to quickly and easily adapt your polycarbonate conservatory panels to reduce energy loss in cooler months and reflect excessive solar glare in the summer. This will help to regulate the temperature.

Taking steps to prevent your conservatory from being too cold in winter and unpleasantly hot in the summer will allow you make much more of this additional space.