Here at Inspired Spaces, we are Manchester’s leading conservatory, sun room and orangery experts. And we know that with the current climate emergency, energy usage and efficiency in the home is a hot topic for all home owners. But, believe it or not, orangeries, can be very energy efficient, and all that additional glass doesn’t have to waste heat energy. In fact, we specialise in designing orangeries that provide thermal efficiency. So how can you create an energy efficient orangery?
How can an orangery preserve thermal energy?
With a minimum of one glass wall, and potentially a glass roof, or partial glass roof, it is often assumed that orangeries lose a lot of heat through this exposed glass. But unlike traditional conservatories, the orangeries we create are designed with energy efficiency in mind. This involves considering:
- the type of glass
- the type of insulation
- the direction of the orangery
- natural light availability
Energy efficient glass for orangeries
Using glass that is energy efficient means that heat will not be lost through the glass, and can instead be trapped within the room to keep this warm. The glass we use has an overall thickness of 28mm, involving:
- 6mm of toughened outer glass
- then 6mm low E toughened glass for the inner pane
- 16mm of argon gas in between the two layers
This means that even when the temperatures are below freezing outside, your orangery will be just as warm as the other space in your home. And if you install heating in the orangery, this heat will not be lost through the toughened glass.
The type of insulation
It is essential that you choose high quality insulation for your orangery if energy efficiency is a big part of your design goal. This can be a great way to prevent heat loss from solid walls, and even the roof. The insulation fibres trap warm air and help it stay circulating within your orangery, rather than escaping and leading to a cooling effect.
Effective insulation can even reduce the reliance on central heating too, which can help you cut down on your energy bills. This is because if your orangery is staying warm, without losing as much heat, your central heating will not need to be used as frequently.
The direction of the orangery
If your orangery is south facing, it is sure to attract the most of the sun and the natural light. This can fill your orangery with natural warmth, and with light, so you wont need to rely on the electric lights as much. However, if your orangery is north facing, it is possible that it will not see direct sunlight, or natural heat at all. When planning for your orangery, the direction is something you should pay close attention to, and where possible, use the natural landscape to your advantage.
For more information or for professional advice about your new sun room or orangery, get in touch with the team today, here at Inspired Spaces.