A common issue with orangeries and conservatories is how cold they can be in the winter months, making the elaborate extension of the home almost unusable for most of the year. When using the orangery for things such as a home cinema or a home gym, this can lead to illnesses if you are using it for long periods in cold conditions, and things can be even worse if you are using it for a children’s playroom. Here are the most popular and commonly used methods for heating an orangery.
Firstly, noticeably the cheapest option but also one of the most reliable options; Radiators. Extending the central heating system of the home into the orangery is often not as expensive as it sounds. However, due to the amount of glass in an orangery, wall space is limited, making it difficult to fit radiators of the desired size to provide the appropriate heat output. Therefore, smaller radiators have to be fitted and more of them. This can take up a great percentage of the already small total of wall space which can look unpleasant. Nonetheless there is a large variety of radiator designs and they can also be painted the same colour as the walls so they blend in better rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. With radiators you can use a TRV (thermostatic radiator values) which allows independent control of the temperature in the orangery. Before opting for using radiators to heat an orangery certain factors need to be considered. For example, adding extra heating systems to the home can sometimes overload the central heating boiler.
There are different kinds of under floor heating including electric, with an in-screed cable, electric with a heat mat, or alternatively; wet underfloor heating. Wet underfloor heating offers a very warm feel on feet and is considered as the most ‘comfortable’ type of underground heating. This is perfect for tiled floors. Wet under floor heating is probably the best solution for heating an orangery, but often the most costly. It is easy to install during the build of an orangery and is a very efficient way of heating as it adds just a small load to the central heating boiler and it uses the whole screed as a massive thermal stone. However it has a relatively slow response time in comparison with radiators.
Under floor heating is most beneficial when fitted on top of an insulated backing board and directly under the floor finish. If there is any large pieces of furniture within the orangery i.e. large bookcase, that air cannot freely flow under, then avoid fitting the heating system cables under them to avoid heat build-up and overheating. Under floor heating is intended to heat up slowly and maintain a steady temperature over long periods and can be controlled via a thermostat.
Electric cable heating uses a cable which is put on top of the flooring of the insulation before actually laying it down. The cable is then able to heat up a screed which acts large thermal centre piece which can then spread the heat. The heat generated is typically more than enough to heat up the area of an orangery.
You can also use an electric mat when using underfloor heating. This is a lot like electric cable heating as it is a 2-3 cm long cable that is attached to the underneath of a large mat. When using this method it takes little time for the heating to turn on however, this method does cost a lot more to run than the electric cable method.
Kate currently writes for Best orangery Quotes, a company that helps its customers to find the best priced Orangeries on the market.