Cooling Your Conservatory.Published on 22nd July 2015
Despite the fact that modern technological advances have changed things so dramatically, if there’s one thing that conservatories are known for, it’s extreme temperature fluctuation. Modern conservatories – at least those that are designed and constructed well, such as those made by Apropos – are actually incredibly temperate rooms, but if, in your youth, you’ve been scarred by the equivalent of a glazed oven and freezer combo, you’re likely rather sceptical of the whole comfortable conservatory concept.
If this is you, we’d like to take the opportunity to disabuse you, and fill you in on some of the ways that Apropos conservatories keep their cool. We also have a few tips that owners of older conservatories can employ to make the most of their glazed rooms this summer.
How Apropos Cools Your Conservatory
- Glazing – Let’s start with the most obvious option. Glass is very susceptible to temperature changes, so traditional single glazing works as an excellent conduit, meaning that older conservatories can become unbearably hot in summer, and bitterly cold in winter. Fortunately, we don’t use traditional single glazing in the production of Apropos conservatories. As standard we use Low-E; a toughened glass with a microscopically thin, transparent coating that reflects long-wave infrared energy (heat, to you and me!), so that internally rooms are protected against temperature changes. More advanced thermal protection is available through Solar Control glazing, which reduces heat transference by a further 65%, keeping you comfortable year round.
- Thermal Breaking – Another way that heat gets into (or out of) conservatories is the frame. To help prevent this, we thermally break Apropos frames – insert strips of extruded polyamide into the aluminium extrusions – to prevent them from becoming thermal conductors.
- Vent Actuation – Ventilation is another evident means of controlling the temperature of any room. To make life a little easier, we can install vent actuation technology in your conservatory. While this might sound very fancy-pants and high tech it’s really very simple: we fit a small device to your windows that will use software to detect the temperature. When the temperature rises above a pre-set level a rotary device will trigger, opening the windows enough to allow a cool breeze to flow through. The same software will automatically close the windows in the event of rain, or should temperatures become too low.
How to Keep Older Conservatories Cool
- Window Films – They can be fiddly to fit, but window films are a good way to block the heat without blocking the light.
- Blinds – Specialist conservatory roof blinds can make a big impact on heat transference.
- Fans – Whether ceiling, pedestal or portable, fans can work wonders at improving air circulation and reducing heat. Likewise portable air conditioners… Just watch your electricity bill.
- Manual Ventilation – Open windows to create a through-draft. A single open window won’t have much effect, but if you can make the air move, by creating a flow around or through the conservatory, the temperature should drop in no time.
If you would like more information on Apropos conservatories, please contact our design team: 0800 328 0033.