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Conservatory heating advice

Jodyann Avatar
8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
just recently moved into our house which has an 18ft unheated conservatory. with money being tight putting in central heating isnt an option at the moment, so was looking into heaters. can anyone offer any advice as I don't want to buy something that is going to be ineffective. we have 2 small boys so the idea of a gas bottle heater is putting me off but I do know they throw out a lot of heat. not too keen on anything electrical as would probably run away with the electric. basically something suitable for the size of conservatory that is economical to run
any advice would be appreciated, many thanks
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
I cannot believe that this was built without any form of heating installed. Was this something that you opted for, or was it something that the building had when you purchased. I know the price of oil is not cheap neither is the price of electric and once again gas is in a very similar state so I think it is going to be a no win situation for you. An 18ft room will take a lot to heat. I think if it was me I'd choose the gas route free standing heaters.
#2
if you are only using it now and again - skirting board heater (thermostat control) set on lowest - through winter

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/detail/offer-listing/-/B001F159PY/new
#3
thej
If you already have central heating it's a relatively simple job to add a radiator or two,providing the boiler can cope which most should be able to do.Failing that the best option,as kemo has said would be the gas heaters,you could always put some sort of fireguard round them to keep the kids away.


We had same. Big conservatory no heating. We were changing it slightly so opted to get two dwarf radiators fitted. Radiators £80 each (i think) and a bit of plumbing work.
Now it works a treat.
Before we had this done we had two Delonghi electric oil heaters which also worked fine :thumbsup:
The Delonghi also were not to hot to touch and kids kept away from them

*****Still have the heaters in garage if you want to buy them lol*******
#4
go with the oil filled radiators. Cheap to run, quick to warm and easy to turn off when not required. Here's a link to expert site http://www.oilfilledradiators.org.uk/
#5
Might be a bit obvious but make sure you can insulate as well as possible too, thick blinds etc. That'll reduce the energy you need for heating it.
banned#6
prob has a poly carb roof as well which will leak heat like a ******

2 of these http://www.wickes.co.uk/Single-Radiators/Single-Convector-Radiator/invt/429265 = £80

few lengths of this http://www.wickes.co.uk/Melamine-Faced-Chipboard/Copper-Tube/invt/420006 £80 aprox

and a mate with plumbing knowledge £100 drink

= no more than £300 total and will last ages

or bag yourself a couple of these http://www.discountelectricals.com/index.php?option=product&product_id=7383
banned#7
oil filled ones are the cheapest to run. have alook in argos or some where like it.
#8
thanks guys, the conservatory was built 15 yrs ago, not sure why the previous owners didnt opt for heating then, they made do with a calor gas heater, not sure if they used the room much during winter, whereas I want to use as an extra room, currently dining room & kids are starting to feel the cold at breakfast time!
I do have a cheap plumbing friend, but the walls aren't very high, & I reckon I would need several long narrow
rads & still not convinced it would make much difference?
once again many thanks to you all
#9
night storage radiators are a good option if you are on economy seven or cheap nightime electric,

you can get them from diy suppliers and are easy to fit yourself. mount them onto the wall and plug into electric socket.

basically they warm up bricks at night which take 24 hours to cool down, letting heat out slowly over the day.

i fitted these onto my old house instead of plummed in radiators - and i am a girlie.
#10
Central heating in a conservatory is not effective as the heat just escapes through the glass and is not cost effective, i find oil radiator heaters very good and cost effective
#11
I have underfloor heating AND two radiators in my conservatory and it can still be like the arctic out there if relying on the radiators alone ( mind you my conservatory is massive)

In the summer it is like a greenhouse despite a huge ceiling fan and windows open.

The ambient temperature is about right in May & September ( not inclusive!)

Still, it looks nice :roll:
banned#12
We have a large conservatory and although there are central heating rads in there we tend to use an oil filled heater most of the time and it's really warm in there. :thumbsup:
#14
thanks for that guys, we have borrowed an oil filled one this weekend, & its glorious weather so havnt had chance to test it!! gonna look into convector wall mounted rad too, thanks for all your advice
#15
blackpeppa
night storage radiators are a good option if you are on economy seven or cheap nightime electric,

you can get them from diy suppliers and are easy to fit yourself. mount them onto the wall and plug into electric socket.

basically they warm up bricks at night which take 24 hours to cool down, letting heat out slowly over the day.

i fitted these onto my old house instead of plummed in radiators - and i am a girlie.


It is not considered good practice to plug storage heaters into a wall socket.
If you only have one heater, it's probably ok but definately not for multiple heaters.
see http://appliances.blogtells.com/2008/08/04/storage-heater-circuits/ for info.
#16
I heard that if you put central heating in a conservatory it can affect your council tax as it is seen as an extra living space.......or is this just balderdash.......off to google it.
#17
greg_68
I heard that if you put central heating in a conservatory it can affect your council tax as it is seen as an extra living space.......or is this just balderdash.......off to google it.


I've got central heating in my conservatory and it does not affect my council tax, I do believe it may indeed be balderdash.
#18
Den38
I've got central heating in my conservatory and it does not affect my council tax, I do believe it may indeed be balderdash.


I knew there was something in it.....maybe planning permission is required if central heating is installed. See here, can't make top nor tail of it myself but i think the gist if it is that you need planning permission for the conservatory if it has a permanent heating supply i.e central heating

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