With summer fast approaching and the weather starting to heat up, it can often feel like a constant challenge to get your conservatory to a comfortable temperature. If you are wondering how to keep a conservatory cool in the summer or on warmer spring and autumn days, our quick guide can help you make the most of your conservatory and keep your conservatory cool enough to enjoy year-round.
Ventilate your Conservatory
One of the first and most important steps to keeping a conservatory cool is to ensure you are properly ventilating your conservatory. Well-placed windows can let fresh air into your conservatory and keep a comfortable breeze circulating that is perfect for cooling your conservatory down on a hot day.
Add Some Blinds
Whilst conservatories are perfect for enjoying the views of your garden and the surroundings of your home, putting up blinds in your conservatory can help cool your conservatory massively and can be closed to keep out the heat when you are not using your conservatory to take in the views. Adding some stylish blinds to your conservatory can help keep out the heat of the sun’s rays and add a stylish addition to your conservatory, these can also help to keep heat in when it comes to winter making them the perfect addition to your conservatory. As well as adding blinds to your side windows, installing roof blinds is a good way to keep a south-facing conservatory cool in particular.
Invest in Air Conditioning or Some Well-Placed Fans
If you are getting serious about keeping your conservatory cool in the summer, investing in the help of a decent air conditioning unit is a guaranteed way to control the temperature of your conservatory. If you plan on using your conservatory as an office or spending a lot of time in there and are sensitive to heat, air conditioning may be the perfect way to keep your conservatory cool as it will reliably regulate the temperature at the tap of a button. However, air conditioning can be a costly solution, as well as installation, the costs of maintaining the electricity supply if you use it frequently may not be the most cost-effective solution. Alternatively, adding a well-placed fan to your conservatory can help to circulate air well and be a welcome addition to your conservatory during summer months.
Add Cooling Film to Glass
If you are really looking for ways to keep your conservatory cool in the summer, consider adding cooling film to the glass panels of your conservatory. Cooling film can help regulate the amount of heat passing through your glass and, if installed correctly, can be a cost-effective way to keep your conservatory cool. Cooling film reflects heat away from your conservatory and helps regulate the inside temperature a little better than standard windows.
Choose Your Furnishings Wisely
When looking for ways to keep your conservatory cool in the summer, you shouldn’t just stop at fittings for your conservatory, the materials and fabrics of your furnishings can have a massive effect on how comfortable your conservatory is when the weather heats up. Instead of materials such as plastics and leathers which will become sticky in warmer temperatures, opt for soft, light furnishings that will not absorb heat and be more comfortable as a result. Needless to say, metal furnishings will heat up in the sun allowed into your conservatory so are not the best option if you are looking to keep your conservatory cool.
Replace Your Conservatory Roof
If you have tried all of the above, it may be time to invest in a more lasting alteration to your conservatory in order to keep it cool in the summer and regulate the temperature year-round. Replacing the glass roof of your conservatory with a more solid material can help regulate the amount of sun and therefore heat that enters your conservatory and can create a more liveable space as an extension of your home.