Heating a Conservatory
In the United Kingdom, a conservatory that is expected to be able to be used throughout the year will definitely be in need of some heating, though which particular kind of heating is best determined by a number of factors relating to the individual conservatory in question.
Some conservatories will require more heating than others, for instance if it has either particularly high ceilings, or large stretches of glass through which more heat tends to escape. The temperature of any conservatory, however, is almost always guaranteed to be much more inconsistent than any other room, which is why a good heating system is so important. Options include electric under-floor heating, trench radiators, piped under-floor heating that runs from a boiler, radiators on an electric central heating platform, and several other choices.
Under-floor heating, which is available in two formats – electric or central heating, is a very popular choice, but several factors need to be taken into consideration, such as the floor coverings that have been chosen for the conservatory. Carpets, for instance, tend to insulate a floor and will prevent the under-floor heating from actually warming the room, while solid wood floors will actually be damaged by under-floor heating, splitting and warping, and thus are a bad choice unless you want to be paying out for wood floor restoration before too long. If a wood floor is the desired choice and under-floor heating is still seen as the most desirable option, then engineered wood flooring is the way to go.