Conservatory Advice – Should It Face North, East, South or West?
When building a conservatory facing north, one of the things you will need to consider is that it will be a much cooler environment than if it was south facing. This is fine in the summer months but maybe difficult in the winter when temperatures drop just as a southern conservatory can become unbearable if not properly ventilated or solar blinds are not installed, therefore if your conservatory is north facing you will need to insure that it is well insulated and has a good heating system installed.
It can be, on the other hand, great in the summer months as it will let in lots of light but not directly so the conservatory will be warm and bright on a summer’s day. This type of conservatory can be a great place to mull over breakfast or even make into a home office with its endurable temperature and not being too bright in the afternoons. Blinds are not necessarily needed as again, great for letting lots of light in and will allow you to look at the night sky in the comfort of your own home.
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An east facing conservatory is great for you if you like breakfast and the morning newspaper in the sunshine. The only thing you’ll need to rely on is the sun coming out! Conservatories facing east do not get much sunlight in the afternoon. Similar to the north facing conservatory, and especially due to those cold easterly winds, you will need to ensure the room is fully insulated, double glazed and a reliable heating system installed. A dwarf wall can also help reduce the amount of heat that escapes in association with a full height conservatory wall.
South facing conservatories are most popular than the others as they are much brighter and let in more light than the north facing, especially in the spring and summer months. Conservatories facing south are great for growing exotic plants, creating some natural colour into your home, and watching the beautiful sun go down on a lovely summers evening.
Due to the long hours of sunlight in the summer time, one disadvantage of a south facing conservatory is that it will heat up quickly and will maintain the heat in the conservatory making it very uncomfortable and very hot. To overcome this problem, good ventilation and air conditioning is required. Ventilation can be generated by having low level opening windows, double doors, French doors or sliding doors allow a much better breeze to be created. Finally good quality solar blinds will help to keep some of the unwanted heat out.
In comparison with an east facing conservatory, facing west does not let in any morning sunshine therefore a good heating system would be compulsory. However, facing west is perfect for those who love to come home and enjoy the afternoon sunshine. East and South facing conservatories benefit from the afternoon sunshine as they can become very warm and also require good ventilation via roof, windows and vents. Solar blinds are also very useful.
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