If you are planning an addition to your home, such as a conservatory, you have to think about many different factors that will make your conservatory the perfect extension for your needs. These include aspects such as the lighting, materials, the type or style of conservatory you want, and a host of other essential factors. But one of the most important and crucial aspects you need to think about when planning a conservatory is the heating.
You want your conservatory to be cool and comfortable during the summer and warm in the winter. With this in mind, you must choose the heating system of your conservatory very carefully. And one of the most popular solutions in the UK today is under-floor heating.
The benefits of under-floor heating for your conservatory
One great aspect about under-floor heating for your conservatory, especially if you have limited space, is that you don’t need any radiators around to spoil the look and feel of your conservatory. As mentioned, with no need for radiators, you can save space as well. Rather than putting up a radiator next to a wall, you can fill the space with a potted plant or two, a chair, or other piece of furniture.
Another aspect that sets under-floor heating apart from other heating systems such as radiators or stoves is that it is very efficient – you do not have to deal with cold spots, for instance. Furthermore, since the heat is more focused in the room’s lower part, not much heat is needlessly wasted either.
What to consider when installing under-floor heating for your conservatory
You have two main types of under-floor heating systems to choose from: a wet or hot water system, or a wire or electric mat system. For your conservatory, however, the best type of system to choose would be a wet system, since they are easier to install in areas where a new floor is being made or constructed, or areas where you need to remove old flooring. As a matter of fact, a wet or hot water under-floor heating system is ideal for home extensions such as conservatories and new open plan constructions such as combination kitchen and living areas.
Other important factors to remember
In order for the under-floor heating in your conservatory to be truly efficient, you must make sure that your conservatory itself is sufficiently insulated as well. With the proper insulation in your conservatory (such as double-glazed glass, for instance), you can be sure that the heat produced by the under-floor heating system will not be lost.
If you opt for a wet or hot water under-floor heating system for your conservatory, you should also ensure that you have space for the system’s controls. In most cases, a small cupboard can do nicely. You need to find a space for the under-floor heating system’s valve and controls for the timer, which can all be placed in one area. Also, a condensing boiler works best with under-floor heating, but if you do not have a condensing boiler, other boiler types can serve as well, as long as they have the right capacity.
When considering a conservatory for your property, it is important to plan it carefully. Help from a professional conservatory supplier and installer such as The Window Store in Cheltenham (learn more about how they can assist you by visiting http://windowstoreplastics.co.uk) is necessary, particularly if you are thinking of installing under-floor heating. But with the right calculations and estimates regarding temperature, the height of the ceiling, the prospective loss of heat, and type of floor, you can definitely have the comfortable, cosy conservatory you have long been planning for.