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Winter can feel like a long time when it’s cold, wet and windy. With many of us spending more time in our homes over the winter to keep warm, it’s important to make sure that heating bills do not spiral out of control. What many people don’t realise is that there are many free ways to stay warm throughout the winter months – particularly when it comes to your conservatory.

How to retain heat in the winter

As the sun is lower in the sky during the winter months, this means that the sun’s rays are more likely to enter the conservatory though the side windows rather than through the roof. However, as it is the coldest period of the year it’s essential to make the most of the sunshine to enjoy a warm conservatory.

One way of doing this is to make sure that all the windows are clear from any potential blockages – and when winter really begins to set in, always ensure you keep the door closed to prevent any draughts. By isolating the conservatory from the rest of the home, you can contribute massively in saving on the carbon footprint.

How to conserve energy in the summer

Whenever we get a run of good, sunny weather, it can be a welcome interruption to the wet and windy weather we Brits are so accustomed to. And if we’re lucky enough to enjoy a heatwave in 2014, many of us will be making the most of it by by relaxing in our conservatories. But conservatories can easily overheat when it gets hot – what can we do to ensure we save energy?

Although it’s always good to let some of the sun’s rays in, you don’t want your conservatory to overheat. During the summer, the sun is high in the sky for the majority of the day, so it’s recommended to block the rays entering the roof as the midday sun is when it is at its strongest. Preventing the sun’s rays can be done using blinds or drapes, but it’s important to note that you should try to avoid sunlight from hitting the floor – as if heated, floors can preserve heat for several days.

Whilst you can always have the windows open and enjoy fresh air circulating around your conservatory, it is best to eliminate the cause before heat spreads.

How can Thomas Sanderson help?

With over 20 years’ experience in providing efficient solutions for the conservatory, Thomas Sanderson recognises the risks of the carbon footprint – which is why they have developed the exclusive Duette® EnergySmart blinds collection. Combining a smart appearance along with clever fabric innovation, your conservatory can experience insulation at its very best.

Providing a double-layered solution, these blinds help reduce heat whilst creating a modern feel – perfect for those looking to use their conservatory all year round. And with a free survey and installation service courtesy of Thomas Sanderson, we help save you time, money – and more importantly – energy.

Call us now on 0800 056 2929 for a chat on how we can help, or book a design appointment online.

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