Are orangeries warmer than conservatories?

Conservatories

When people are considering adding an extension to their home, the main three that go through their heads are a standard extension, a conservatory and an orangery. Of these, the conservatory and the orangery are commonly viewed as being relatively cold in the winter months.

Which is warmer?

We often find that our customers view orangeries as being warmer, due to the increased brickwork that they entail. However, this isn’t always the case! With the advancement in modern glazing, your conservatory, while it may boast more glass, can actually be as equally warm as your orangery no matter what the weather. It may actually be an internal factor that is changing the temperature.

Internal factors

When it comes to your orangery or conservatory in the winter months, we find that quite often they are left unused as they are considered too cold. While this might have been the case in older builds, it no longer needs to be the case. We find that many of us heat up the main home, and neglect to heat these areas. This means that they do appear colder. However, if we were to heat these areas the same as the rest of the house, the above-mentioned advancement in modern glazing, would actually mean that they can retain the heat just as adequately. It also means that overall, there should be very little to no difference in whether a conservatory or an orangery is warmer.

In summer

It would be unfair to say that we are not taking the summer into consideration as this can indeed change the ambient temperature within the space. With an orangery, the location of your brickwork in relation to the sun can change the temperature within, whereas the conservatory has a less solid structure to reduce the sun’s rays through the glass.
However, there is a range of glazing that can reduce the impact of the sun’s rays, reducing the level of spot heating that you might get in your room.

For more information about orangeries and conservatories please visit our knowledge hub where we have answered a number of questions. You can also visit our orangeries and conservatories pages, or contact us to discuss your project.