Advice on heating a conservatory

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Found 12th Mar 2009
Our new house has a conservatory but the people that built it decided they wanted the house to be open plan and therefore took the patio doors/frame out. The problem we have is that we are freezing come the evening. We have put some lined full length curtains up which helps to keep some of the cold out but I don't think we can manage another winter feeling like this, sometimes I wonder if it would be just as cold if we sat with the back doors open!

Does anyone have any idea how much it would cost to put a new door frame and doors in (even if not double glazed), or even how we could heat the conservatory longer term without our heating bills being through the roof (which they are currently)?

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We just use an oil filled radiator in ours works a treat, but we have a patio door between.

I guess a door and frame could cost around £800 fitted from a double glazing company , this would be a sliding patio door.

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has it got a rad in there, or are you using the electric ones

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sassie;4620008

has it got a rad in there, or are you using the electric ones



There isn't a radiator in there at all. Basically we have an open plan living/dining room and a radiator in each - so the two radiators are heating the three sections - living/dining/conservatory.

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deanos;4620001

We just use an oil filled radiator in ours works a treat, but we have a … We just use an oil filled radiator in ours works a treat, but we have a patio door between.I guess a door and frame could cost around £800 fitted from a double glazing company , this would be a sliding patio door.



Do you think we'd necessarily need double glazing?

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fruityloops;4620024

There isn't a radiator in there at all. Basically we have an open plan … There isn't a radiator in there at all. Basically we have an open plan living/dining room and a radiator in each - so the two radiators are heating the three sections - living/dining/conservatory.



my friend has one of those you plug in and leaves it on all the time, although not sure how much this cost her to do, but you need to warm the room, could you not add a rad off your system

i have an electric fire in mine but i only use it when i am in the connie, its a bit different for you

Double glazing does help. Keeps more of the heat in. I know when i moved from a normal wndow to double it made a heck of a difference coz the house was always warmer

I've got this problem too as we have an open doorway to our conservatory.

I have put up heavy velour curtains which are lined but I put up 2 lots. One lot on the living room side and one lot on the conservatory side. I made sure that they are quite long so they gather on the ground and also I changed the poles to the plastic curtain rails which are a few quid at dunelm. The new rails dont look nice but you can really notice the difference.

We have a radiator in our conservatory but if I want to go in there on a cold day I have a halogen heater which says on the box it uses a maximum of 3p per hour on full blast.

Conservatory Building Regulations states that:
The conservatory is to be separated from the property by means of a physical barrier

]source of info

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ding;4620103

Conservatory Building Regulations states that:The conservatory is to be … Conservatory Building Regulations states that:The conservatory is to be separated from the property by means of a physical barrier]source of info



Nice one ding, can you imagine the energy efficiency rating of that building in the home buyers information pack?

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ding;4620103

Conservatory Building Regulations states that:The conservatory is to be … Conservatory Building Regulations states that:The conservatory is to be separated from the property by means of a physical barrier]source of info



So I understand, the people that built the conservatory waited until the building inspector had been round then whipped it out. The plus side of it was that my toddler can cycle from the conservatory up to the end of the living room, but other than that - I see no real benefits as we are so cold!

I did see a second hand double glazed patio door on ebay in our area, so maybe that would be the way to go to save some money but not sure how I'd know what size to get or anything.

no....conservatories are evil when their doors are left open in the winter..... long term makes sense to spearte it by putting in doors.

Def agree with Deanos - install a sliding (double-glazed) patio door. Thats what we have otherwise the conservatory would just suck all the heat out of the house.

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LJM;4620175

Def agree with Deanos - install a sliding (double-glazed) patio door. … Def agree with Deanos - install a sliding (double-glazed) patio door. Thats what we have otherwise the conservatory would just suck all the heat out of the house.



Which is what is happening now. Plus we've had the coldest winter I can remember. It gets to 9pm and it's just too cold to sit without the heating on, even with curtains dividing off the conservatory although it helps.

once the sun is out you can use the connie to heat the house, ive got the door open now and its heating the house nicely, must remember to close it before it gets cold tho

As mentioned previously get a heater fan with a timer so it comes on at the same time as the radiators. It will switch off when it gets to the pre-set temperature. Usually about £40 from Argos.

This isn't ideal but maybe do until you get doors or something else

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Get this and just stick it on the windows in the conservatory :thumbsup: £12.52 per roll of 8m
http://www.wickes.co.uk/content/ebiz/wickes/invt/210022/210022-ab0-00co_full.jpg
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we have got an oil radiator but have a door inbetween. The door wasn't here when we moved in but previous owner arranged this to be put in as we held a retention amount to ensure that the conseratory met building regulations..without the door it was brass monkeys on the winter & even in summer was so hot couldn't sit in there for very long.

I have the same but we did it on purpose. We put in wood internal doors with glass that we can close, but it doesn't seal the room ,so as we'd already broken the rules as far as no external doors (also have a doorway into the kitchen from conserv that has no door at all) we had a double rad installed. In for a penny.... (Looks really great and the summer is fab with it)

ding;4620103

Conservatory Building Regulations states that:The conservatory is to be … Conservatory Building Regulations states that:The conservatory is to be separated from the property by means of a physical barrier]source of info



These conditions only have to be meant for the conservatory to be exempt from a building inspector visit. You are allowed to have the rooms open but this will require involvement from building regs.

Blinds on the roof help with heat and cold. Also underfloor heating can help take the edge off the cold.

a conservatory is only worth having if you actually use it otherwise its wasted.

i know 7 people with a conservatory only one thought about how to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer and they eat dinner in the conservatory everyday...

SOSAGES1;4775871

a conservatory is only worth having if you actually use it otherwise its … a conservatory is only worth having if you actually use it otherwise its wasted.i know 7 people with a conservatory only one thought about how to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer and they eat dinner in the conservatory everyday...



totally agree - which is why we have now knocked ours through to make a huge kitchen. We would only use the room in the summer until we put a radiator out there and solved all our problems. I think you also need to make sure that a proper job was done in the first place so that there are no draughts.

fruityloops;4620154

I did see a second hand double glazed patio door on ebay in our area, so … I did see a second hand double glazed patio door on ebay in our area, so maybe that would be the way to go to save some money but not sure how I'd know what size to get or anything.



You measure the existing hole, then get one that is very slightly under that size.
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