Heating A Conservatory – What Options Is it necessary?


Even with rising global temperatures, a conservatory in the UK will need heating whether it is to be used all year round.

There are many heating options for conservatories, along with the best choice will depend on various factors particular in your project.

Conservatories can have high heating requirements, due to large expanses of glass, outside walls and high ceilings. Greater heat loss will occur through glass (even specialist glass like Pilkington glass, or gas filled glass) than through a standard interior or exterior wall. Similarly, conservatories are susceptible to more extreme heat variations than other rooms. When the sun disappears as well as the outside temperature drops, good efficient heating enables continual utilization of a conservatory.


There are many options available for heating conservatories:

Electric underfloor heating;
Piped underfloor heating escape a boiler;
Additional radiator on an extended piped hot water central heating system system;
Independent electric radiator;
Additional radiator on an electric central heating systems; and
Trench radiators.

The suitability is determined by how a household uses a space so it is important to consider both the pros and cons when deciding on the right heating choice for your conservatory.

And, whichever option you go for, it is essential that the actual heat output required is calculated, in order that the temperature with the conservatory is kept in a comfortable level.

Underfloor heating This option is available in two formats: electric (dry) and central heating (piped hot water).

In general, underfloor heating gives a warm floor and will equally act to radiate heat upwards in the conservatory to provide even warmth in the room, with no space lost to radiators.

However there are many of negatives to bear in mind when considering underfloor heating for your conservatory.

Conservatories tend to have high ceilings and big expanses of glass compared to their floor area; so underfloor heating often isn’t sufficient to heat some conservatories through the colder months. Additional heating including radiators may be required.
Underfloor heating takes a long time to warm-up, so planned instead of spontaneous use of the conservatories from the colder months should be used.
This slow response time can even lead to the conservatory becoming too hot and taking several hours to cool down.
Certain floors are best avoided for use with underfloor heating – such as carpet, which will insulate heat and stop it rising, or solid wood, which is prone to split or warp when combined with underfloor heating. Tiles or engineered wood flooring (including laminate) are the ideal choice instead.
Piped underfloor heating systems are often only an option at the design stage with the build and due to the disruption and labour involved, installation costs could be prohibitively expensive. Also, installation has to be carefully co-ordinated with the construction with the conservatory itself.
Electric underfloor minimises installation costs as it is easier and more easy to install and can be fitted retrospectively, though with the slow response some time to the cost of electricity still being more than gas, running costs might be relatively high.

So for a lot of homeowners, underfloor is very little suitable option leading them to look for alternatives.

Electric radiators A favorite and straightforward option to heating a conservatory is adding a power radiator. As you don’t have to extend any pipework, it eliminates the disruption and expense of installing or extending a totally piped, wet system. Electric radiators can be a perfect solution:

· If there isn’t already a central heat in the rest of the house;

· If you don’t want to extend the present central heating system from elsewhere at home to the conservatory; or

· When you need additional heat in the conservatory.

The market in electric radiators has boomed over the past few years and as a result a choice of electric radiators has risen significantly. Many shapes, sizes and finishes are available ranging from minimalist flat panels in white, ultra modern spirals in chrome and traditional iron designs.

Due to the great deal of glass, conservatories often lack wall surfaces; so electric radiator options now include low level and tall, skinny wall-mounted designs as well as floor-mounted options.

Electric radiators offer efficient performance and also the nature of their design means they can bring a room as much as temperature relatively quickly, compared to other options such as underfloor heating.

Extending your piped boiler system system and adding a radiator Adding another radiator to your central heating system is a good option provided you already have a main heating system that can be extended.

Radiators, whether are central heating or electric, can achieve the necessary heat output required a conservatory entirely due to their increasingly top rated.

Following the boom inside the interior decoration industry over the past 20 years, radiators have become available in a vast variety of designs and finishes, in styles to match any interior whether it is contemporary or traditional.

There happens to be a wide range of radiators which are popular for heating conservatories, in which the heat output required is high, yet wall surfaces is limited. A wealth of vertical models are available that can utilise otherwise unused space, short radiators are often in heights to travel underneath windowsills in conservatories and bench radiators provide you with the option of combining your radiator with a piece of furniture.

Modern radiator valves have also followed suit having a wide variety of models accessible to match any radiator, alongside giving the option of thermostats that ensure a room never gets hot and heat isn’t wasted.

Trench Heating A less recognised option, but effective none the less, trench heating supplies a toasty warm room with the benefits of radiators, with no loss of wall or floor area. A trench provides a site for any radiator below floor level magnificent grille being placed over the top at floor level allowing heat to convect up minus the slow response times during the underfloor heating.


With there being many factors affecting heat decrease in conservatories, your conservatory supplier or heating engineer is better informed to work out just how much heat is needed to keep your conservatory warm. Failing that, a true underfloor heating or radiator expert perform out the approximate heat outputs required, in line with the information provided by you – e.g. dimensions, materials, etc.

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