conservatory heating?

(44 Posts)
whatatwat Wed 14-Nov-12 09:58:38

if you have one, what heating do you have?

Lynned Wed 14-Nov-12 10:03:32

Double radiator. It keeps it warm unless it is really cold, but I think we lose a lot of heat through the roof. We had a quote to upgrade the roof but the quote was 6k!

Kt8791 Wed 14-Nov-12 11:14:48

We also have a double radiator which seems to do the job!

wendybird77 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:08:43

We just put in two column radiators and are planning to upgrade the roof, potentially putting a false ceiling with insulation.

fussychica Wed 14-Nov-12 16:30:14

Double radiator and a convector if it's really cold.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Wed 14-Nov-12 18:04:33

We're in the middle of building one and have spec'd in a column radiator (with equivalent output of a smaller double rad) and plan to use a convector when its really chilly....

CharlotteWasBoth Wed 14-Nov-12 18:16:40

Underfloor heating. Fab.

whatatwat Wed 14-Nov-12 20:20:20

charlotte is it gar or electric?

CharlotteWasBoth Wed 14-Nov-12 20:36:13

Gas. I think electric would be v expensive to run -- ok for a bathroom but too much for a bigger area.

whatatwat Wed 14-Nov-12 20:41:36

right. i wansnt sure which was best

digerd Wed 14-Nov-12 21:05:47

My daughter has underfloor electric heating and 2 convector radiators off her gas in her orangery, which has a small glass roof in the middle and the rest is like a flat roof extension, so not so much heat loss as a conservatory.My
neighbour has very large conservatory and she has gas underfloor heating and marble floors !!!

RumBaaBaa Wed 14-Nov-12 21:15:42

Have a solid roof with veluxes put on it. Otherwise you're paying to heat the outside world in the winter and roasting in a greenhouse in the summer. I hated the conservatory in our old house for exactly this reason. There were only about two months of the year when it was comfortable in there, and it had underfloor heating which was expensive to run and didn't remove the summer issue.

Shaky Wed 14-Nov-12 21:42:47

Our conservatory is almost finished.

We are just waiting for the electrician to come and do the last of the electrics and put the lights up. We also need the skirting boards putting on, they are coming on Friday to finish off.

We have opted for underfloor heating.

At the moment I have washing drying on a clothes horse in there with 2 halogen heaters going, my tumble drier has packed in. It's really warm in there just with the halogen heaters, we haven't got blinds yet either, they will be fitted in 4 weeks time.

Shaky Wed 14-Nov-12 21:45:07

We have a glass roof but we are north facing so it shouldn't get to hot in the summer, hopefully the blinds will help keep the heat in during the winter.

mellowdramatic Wed 14-Nov-12 21:47:56

I don't even bother trying to heat the conservatory in winter I think it's incredibly wasteful.

gemma4d Wed 14-Nov-12 21:57:41

No heating. Conservatory is abandoned in Winter. Too cold. Also abandoned in Summer. Too hot. Fecking thing. Now have plans to replace one wall with brick and the roof with normal roof and rooflight.

GeorginaWorsley Wed 14-Nov-12 22:05:47

Replacing our roof with 'fake' tiles.
Not cheap though.

anothercuppaplease Wed 14-Nov-12 22:11:53

We have a big conservatory (north west facing, never too hot in summer). Decided not to put tiles down as we couldn't afford underfloor heating. I have two of these electric heaters. Basically you can program them so that they heat to a specific heat during the day and go 5 degrees lower at night, for us it's 12 during night and 17 during the day, so the conservatory is never completely without heat. It's from BHEA it comes with a european plug so you need an electrician to change the plug. We couldn't afford the initial cost of running the heating / plumbing into the conservatory so electric was a good option and those are quite efficient. Most of the time we only have one on, not the two. We use the room during the day and not in the evening.

anothercuppaplease Wed 14-Nov-12 22:13:40

I meant BEHA. Blame the glass of wine

halfnhalf Wed 14-Nov-12 22:24:24

As others have said upthread, we don't, it's like burning £5 notes

Aethelfleda Wed 14-Nov-12 22:31:51

Ahem. We have a conservatory and it's got a triple glazed roof and the maximum allowable amount of cavity wall (so two high sided walls at the sides and a lower one at the back). It's a lean-to style.

It's actually not legal to have fitted radiators in a conservatory: to pas planning laws they have to have a seperate heating system and be seperated from the rest of the house by permanent doors.

We have an electric heater, but don't use it all the time. Overnight the doors are closed and we let it get c

whatatwat Wed 14-Nov-12 22:34:28

ours will have the wall that attaches to the house, then a wall attaching to next doors extension, then one dwarf wall and one wall thats part dwarf and then 4 panels of glass, 2 of which are the doors.

Aethelfleda Wed 14-Nov-12 22:35:46

Ahem. We have a conservatory and it's got a triple glazed roof and the maximum allowable amount of cavity wall (so two high sided walls at the sides and a lower one at the back). It's a lean-to style.

It's actually not legal to have fitted radiators in a conservatory: to pas planning laws they have to have a seperate heating system and be seperated from the rest of the house by permanent doors.

We have an electric heater, but don't use it all the time. Overnight the doors are closed and we let it get cool. In the morning we turn on the heater for 40 mins to bring the temp up to ambient, and then turn off the heater and open up the doors which join it to the house. It keeps the heat in fairly well, if it's parky outside in the evening we might use the heater a little more. On days when it's crazy cold (as in sub-zero) we might keep it shut up but that's rarely needed: when it snows the snow doesn't melt off the roof if you see what I mean.

whatatwat Wed 14-Nov-12 22:37:48

aethelflda is triple glazing the same as the pilkington stuff?

MooncupGoddess Wed 14-Nov-12 22:39:11

Single radiator. There is no door between it and the rest of the house (the surveyor mentioned in his report that this was against guidelines, but there is nowhere for a door to go because of the way it's built) so without any heating the cold would seep through the rest of the house. Don't have it on very often, though.

Jojay Wed 14-Nov-12 22:40:25

We have an electric plug in heater from Argos which is fab, but we've had the ceiling insulated by Roof Revive

It's fantastic, does everything they said it would and I'd recommend it to anyone smile

CanYouHearMe Wed 14-Nov-12 23:22:32

Ours joins onto the living area with no door. And it's got a rad. I am highly illegal!

CanYouHearMe Wed 14-Nov-12 23:37:03

Jojay, thanks for the link, that looks fantastic. Dare I ask how much it has cost? We have an Edwardian style conservatory which is about 10 x 9. I'd love to do that to ours.

RumBaaBaa Thu 15-Nov-12 11:02:25

Our conservatory was north west facing and was still like a fecking oven in the summer and positively Arctic in winter. It was a good solid brick built conservatory with triple glazing, cavity insulation, underfloor heating and those colonial style blinds.

I would never have one again. It was a rented house so we couldn't do anything about it. I just don't see the point of having a room that you can only use for part of the year. We used ours as a family room/playroom and the kids were barely ever in there.

And, unless we closed it off entirely with doors and curtains) it seeped warmth from the adjoining rooms in winter, causing the rest of the downstairs to be arctic too, and drew in so much heat in summer that the whole house took on oven like characteristics.

If you are part way through building, I cannot advise you strongly enough to get a proper roof put on the damn thing. You won't regret it, honestly.

<fully paid up member of the conservatory-haters society>

It's great for drying clothes in. Especially given the health risk posed by wet laundry indoors
We have double glazed doors separating the rest of the house from the conservatory. We also have a electric convection heater when we feel like burning ££ (rarely). However the electric heater does make it warm enough to use in winter.

We inherited our conservatory when we bought the house. I have since joined the conservatory hater group too. And ours have one of those fancy pilkington glass roof. Looks really fab though I have to say.

wendybird77 Thu 15-Nov-12 11:42:29

Oh that is disappointing that the pilkington glass roof doesn't help much. We have just inherited ours with the house and I'm trying to figure out how to make it properly comfortable as there are 3 (!) sets of doors leading on to it - it runs across the entire back of the house. I'm thinking a roof revive type solution. The cost frightens me though! As to not having radiators, I believe that you can have them as long as they are controlled apart from the rest of the heating system - and from what I've read thermostatic valves are ok for this. Easy enough to take the rads out if you need to sell the house and it is an issue though.

Radiator - although we tend not to use the room as much in the winter, so the double doors (which lead into the dining room) are usually closed. When you go in there it's noticeably colder than the rest of the house, but with the doors open it soon warms up.

PS have thought about replacing the roof with a solid one but I like the fact that it feels like an outdoor room with a glass roof. But we must lose shed-loads of heat through it confused.

Jojay Thu 15-Nov-12 12:45:26

Canyouhearme It cost us around £2.5k for Roof Revive to do our ceiling. Not cheap, but cheaper than knocking it down and building a new extension, which was the other option!

This company were cheaper, quoted us around £1400 iirc, but we went with Roof Revive in the end. Our conservatory is about 4mx3m. It now feels like an extension with lots of windows, and very much part of the house. We removed the doors between the two rooms and it works brilliantly for us.

halfnhalf Thu 15-Nov-12 16:04:15

I love our conservatory and never heat it (for reasons given above) and it DOES make the rest of the house much colder. It opens straight out from the kitchen with no doors. But I wouldn't be without it, it's so nice for most of the year.

RumBaaBaa Thu 15-Nov-12 16:14:43

You can still get that outdoor room feel if you go for a solid roof with veluxes.

Our back room in our new house is a bit like that - solid walls at either side, with a long wall of glass windows and doors all the way along the back. Roof has a shallow pitch, is about a foot thick with a slate roof (to match the style of the rest of the house - thick stone walls, slate tiles), with three large veluxes. It feels very outdoor-ish and lets in loads of light, sky and sea view all year round but doesn't fluctuate in temperature.

CanYouHearMe Sat 17-Nov-12 22:10:05

Thanks Jojay. Must check my lotto numbers!

LovingTheSunshine Thu 06-Dec-12 21:22:20

We're going with Roof Revive soon - will report back smile

LovingTheSunshine Mon 17-Dec-12 23:03:31

Hi all, just wanted to say we've had the roof finished by roof revive & we are very happy smile The conservatory looks fantastic, minimal light lost & it is WARM in there. Just the decorating to do now!

wendybird77 Mon 17-Dec-12 23:06:36

Thanks for reporting back. Is your conservatory UPVC or wood? I'm concerned that the plaster may crack terribly in ours which is UPVC due to the movement with wind and weather!

Startail Mon 17-Dec-12 23:20:02

Underfoot, but it takes forever to heat up the room.

Need a heater to let it be used just after school.

LovingTheSunshine Mon 17-Dec-12 23:26:38

It's UPVC. Before going with roof revive we went to look at a job that was finished 2 years ago & it still looked great with no visible cracks. Obviously it's early days for us though!

LovingTheSunshine Mon 17-Dec-12 23:28:03

Anyone want to see pics just get in touch smile

Askmumfirst Tue 25-Nov-14 12:43:20

Just a word of warning to those that have a conservatory that is quite separated from the rest of the house (and cold!) Bear in mind that if you put a radiator in there fed from the central heating, it will turn itself off when the thermostat in the house gets warm. This will leave the conservatory cold (not good) so maybe an electric wall heater might be a good idea in that case! Also choose one with a fan to warm up all of conservatory evenly, and not just warming the ceiling!

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