John Waugh, a home improvement specialist at double glazing installers EYG, explains 5 simple ways to combat a cold conservatory.

Modern conservatories look amazing and have the ability to totally transform how you use your home.

Unfortunately, old and cold conservatories are not quite as glamorous. Let’s be honest, they’re sometimes so cold that they’re more of a hinderance than a help.

Thankfully, there are now a number of ways to turn a cold conservatory into a warm and comfy living space:

  1. STOP THE DRAUGHTS

Hunt high and low for any areas suffering from draughts. If the seals around your windows and doors are broken or damaged, cold air will creep in. Filling these gaps with sealant is a fast and low-cost solution to the problem. But in the long-term, you may need to revamp the whole living space.

  1. DITCH THE DAMP

Most cold conservatories suffer from damp, which is usually caused by poor ventilation. Opening the doors which connect it to your home will improve airflow. Using a dehumidifier will control the amount of moisture in the room and can get rid of the problem entirely.

  1. ROLL OUT A RUG

Adding a thick, large rug is probably the cheapest way to add insulation to a cold conservatory. As well as warming your feet up, it will look good too!

  1. TURN UP THE HEAT

The most popular way to make a cold conservatory feel much warmer is to add an electric heater. There are a wide range now available, including electric radiators, infrared heaters, convection heaters and fan heaters. All of these are fairly cheap to buy and easy to install. To use in the most affordable way, only turn them on when you’re in the room.

  1. REPLACE THE ROOF

Conservatory roofs are the worst offenders for letting heat escape, especially if your structure was built more than 10 years ago. This is because older polycarbonate roofs are nowhere near as thermally efficient as they are now.

Replacing these old plastic roofs with one a solid conservatory roof is the most cost-effective ways to update and transform a cold conservatory without the need for a full new installation.

Modern tiled conservatory roofs boast excellent thermal performance and many homeowners find that investing in one allows them to use their living space all year round because it’s much warmer.

For those who prefer lots of light to flood in overhead, the Hybrid roof may be a better solution. Using a combination of powder-coated aluminium and glass vaulted roof panels, this solid roof lets sunlight but prevents the escape of heat.

Both of these affordable options can be added to almost any conservatory (in just a matter of days) and will help to create a comfortable room temperature for all seasons.