Heating a Conservatory: The Options, Pros, Cons and Costs

heating a conservatory - timber frame conservatory on cold day
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Heating a conservatory is not as easy as you might think. Conservatories have an awful lot of glass, great for that outdoor-feel indoors, but a relatively poor insulator on the whole. So much glass, therefore, makes the conservatory difficult to heat. 

A quality conservatory roof replacement should keep as much heat as possible inside. But what are the best ways to get heat into your conservatory in the first place?

Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes and writes on the subject for magazines and national newspapers. He is the author of The Sustainable Building Bible, Simply Sustainable Homes and Anaerobic Digestion - Making Biogas - Making Energy: The Earthscan Expert Guide.

His interest in renewable energy and sustainability was first inspired by visits to the Royal Festival Hall heat pump and the Edmonton heat-from-waste projects. In 1979

this initial burst of enthusiasm lead to him trying (and failing) to build a biogas digester to convert pig manure into fuel, at a Kent oast-house, his first conversion project.

Moving in 2002 to a small-holding in South Wales, providing as it did access to a wider range of natural resources, fanned his enthusiasm for sustainability. He went on to install renewable technology at the property, including biomass boiler and wind turbine.

He formally ran energy efficiency consultancy WeatherWorks and was a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country.