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Is an orangery warmer than a conservatory?

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Date : May 11, 2023

As experts in orangery and conservatory manufacturing and installations, we answer the question: Is an orangery warmer than a conservatory?

Is an orangery warmer than a conservatory?

As experts in orangery and conservatory manufacturing and installations, we are often contacted about questions about each structure and the advantages of opting for a conservatory over an orangery and vice versa.

In order to understand whether to opt for an orangery or a conservatory and which one is a better option to suit your property, it is important to recognise the differences between the two.

Conservatories vs. Orangeries

A conservatory is very similar to an orangery in that they are both extensions of a property and feature glass as a main element, however, there are slight differences between the two. The most apparent difference is, of course, that an orangery tends to feature more brickwork than a conservatory (which is primarily made of glass, joined together by UPVC or hardwood panels).

Are orangeries warmer than conservatories?

As structures mainly consisting of glass, both orangeries and conservatories tend to be colder in the winter and warmer in the summer.

Therefore, the fact that orangeries have more solid wall and roofing than a conservatory means they do indeed manage to retain more heat than a conservatory.

So, if you are worried about a conservatory getting too hot in the summer and cold in the winter, you may be better off opting for an orangery structure.

How to make an orangery or conservatory warmer in the winter

While orangeries and conservatories tend to be a cooler part of the house in the winter period, there are indeed ways to make them warmer.
These methods include:

  • Underfloor heating
  • Thick curtains and blinds
  • Radiators and heaters
  • A warm rug
  • Cosy furniture
  • Internal doors
  • A roof lantern can allow more sunlight in when the orangery or conservatory is in a sunny position.

If you would like some further advice on heating your orangery, then please take a look at our blog How to heat your orangery.

How to cool your orangery or conservatory in the summer

For some people the idea of a conservatory or orangery getting too hot in the summer is even more daunting than a room that is too cold in winter.

Therefore, it is useful to familiarise yourself with ways that you can cool your orangery or conservatory.

Our prices for medium-sized hardwood Orangeries (supply only) start at: £12,000.

Some of the methods of cooling your orangery are as follows:

  • Make sure the room is well-ventilated with doors/windows etc.
  • Perhaps have a fan/air conditioning featured in the room
  • Replace winter curtains with blinds that help block the sunlight
  • Opt for light-coloured furniture and interior décor
  • Have your orangery positioned in a location that is shaded at the time of day when the sun is at its highest

Of course, many of the points above that detail how to cool your orangery contrast with the methods of heating your orangery and, therefore, you will need to prioritise the methods that will suit your situation the best.

If you would like any more information on cooling your orangery in summer and keeping it warm in Winter then please contact us at Orangeries UK.

Author:  Daniel Foley Carter


Daniel Foley Carter has 10 years of experience in the joinery and wood fabrication sector. Daniel has written for major publications such as House and Home, Timber Weekly and Construction UK. Daniel has worked with a large number of construction and woodwork projects and has extensive experience with wood properties, wood selection and the utilisation of wood in home extensions and construction.


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