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    How To Heat A Garden Room

    18 April 2023

    Category: General

    How To Heat A Garden Room

    A garden room can serve as a cosy outdoor retreat or an additional convenient room in your home.

    Do garden rooms get cold in winter?

    These versatile spaces can be used for various activities, but unless they are properly heated and insulated these detached buildings can get cold during the winter months as they’re exposed to the elements.

    Top 12 Ways To Heat A Garden Room

    Thankfully, there are a number of options that you can consider so that you can enjoy your garden room all year round.

    Here are some top ways to heat a garden room.

    1. Insulation

    A well-insulated garden room design will keep the space cool in summer and warm in winter, while double-glazed windows and draught-proof doors prevent heat loss and cool air from entering. Thermal curtains can add insulation and retain heat in cold weather while reflecting heat back out in warm weather. Heat-retaining walls and flooring also collect sunlight and provide natural warmth making your garden room incredibly energy-efficient.

    2. Electric Radiators

    Electric radiators resemble home radiators but operate on electricity instead of gas. They may take slightly longer to warm up, but once they do, they effectively heat your garden room. You can regulate them using a thermostat or timer, enabling you to preheat your space before use.

    Keep in mind that you’ll need an electricity source in your garden room to use an electric radiator.

    Find out more with our recent guide explaining how to power garden rooms.

    3. Convection Heaters

    Convection heaters swiftly warm the air, negating the need to preheat your garden room and making them an ideal solution for energy conservation and reducing electricity expenses. Like electric radiators, convection heaters come with timers and thermostats, allowing you to manage the temperature as needed. They can be freestanding or wall-mounted, providing a sleek appearance and maximising space efficiency.

    4. Wood Burning Stove

    If you have access to a supply of sustainable wood, a wood-burning stove can be an excellent option for heating your garden room. Wood is a renewable energy source, and if harvested sustainably, it can be a carbon-neutral fuel. A wood-burning stove can also add a cosy, rustic feel to your garden room. Make sure to properly install and maintain the stove and use it safely to prevent any fire hazards.

    5. Underfloor Heating

    Underfloor heating is a luxurious add-on to supplement your other heating solutions. It employs a complicated subterranean water-filled pipe system, with some constraints such as high equipment and installation costs, floor replacement disturbance, and a limited range of compatible flooring options. Nonetheless, if you’re willing to invest, underfloor heating takes up no additional space and adds an impressive, cosy feature to your garden room.

    6. Air Conditioning

    Air conditioning serves a dual purpose, both heating and cooling your garden room to adapt to the unpredictable English weather. It’s perfect for garden offices where computers generate excess heat, home gyms to keep you cool during workouts, and art studios to prevent dampness. Although air conditioning units were once notorious for being loud and unattractive, newer models are quiet, sleek, and easily mounted to your walls.

    7. Solar Heat

    Solar power is an eco-friendly and low-maintenance heating solution with low running costs. It involves installing special tubes on your garden room roof that collect and warm water from the sun, which is then used to heat your indoor space through a boiler. They’re a great long-term investment, usually paying for themselves within 5 years, and can generate clean heat and electricity for you for up to 25 years.

    8. Bottled Gas Heating

    Bottled propane gas heating is a viable heating solution for garden rooms without electricity. To use it, attach the bottles outside the room and connect them to a fixed or free-standing gas heater. However, gas heaters take up a lot of space, may not suit the natural aesthetics of your garden, and require plenty of ventilation to prevent toxic fumes or water vapour buildup. As such, bottled gas heating is not a suitable solution for small unventilated garden rooms.

    9. Electric Oil Filled Radiators

    Electric oil-filled radiators are a flexible and cost-effective heating option for your garden room. They heat up the oil inside them to warm your room, even after being switched off. These freestanding radiators can be packed away during the summer or when not in use, making them ideal for small garden rooms. The only downside is they can produce a bad smell when they’ve been on for a while.

    10. Infrared Heating

    Infrared heating is a versatile indoor heating option. Rather than heating up the air, it generates heat via electricity that is then directed toward people in the room. As infrared heaters don’t emit any harmful pollutants or greenhouse gases, they make a fantastic low-carbon option, and they’re also extremely energy-efficient, saving you money on your energy bills.

    11. Slimline panel heaters

    Slimline panel heaters are designed to be highly efficient, meaning they use less energy to produce the same amount of heat as traditional heaters. This can help to reduce your energy consumption and lower your carbon footprint. Some slimline panel heaters are equipped with features like timers and thermostats, which can help to further optimise energy usage by turning the heater off when it’s not needed or adjusting the temperature based on the room’s needs.

    12. Dyson Airblade

    Unlike traditional fans that use blades to create air flow, the Dyson Airblade fan uses clever technology to draw in and amplify air without the need for blades. This means it uses less energy to operate and produces less noise than traditional fans, which can help to reduce electricity consumption and lower carbon emissions.

    Choose Olympian for your heated garden room

    Olympian are a family-run business who have been designing and manufacturing luxury heated garden buildings for more than 35 years. We only use the finest materials when crafting our heated garden rooms, and our bespoke design process ensures that you have a say in every single aspect of what your heated garden room should look and feel like so that you get year-round enjoyment from it.

    Contact us today to design your bespoke garden room space fitted with the heating option that’s right for you, and if being eco-friendly is a priority for you then we can help you choose the best option for your chosen garden room setup. Alternatively, fill out our online contact form, and a member of our friendly and experienced team will contact you.

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