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Conservatories are great when you get a bit of sun, but they don’t retain heat as well as other rooms in your house do, especially in cold UK weather.
Their glass walls and ceilings mean that heat can quickly escape. But you can get heaters that are quite well suited for use in conservatories, thanks to their high energy efficiency.
And that can make all the difference in your enjoyment of your conservatory all year round.
Coming up we have some product reviews of the best conservatory heaters out on the market today. We’ve handpicked our Top 5 for you to look through.
We’ve also got a buying guide for you which explains the different types of heaters available for conservatories, and we go through a few things you might like to think about before making your purchase.
This is then followed by a brief question whereby we attempt to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
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Types of conservatory heater
There are 4 main types of heaters available for conservatories, electric radiators, convector heaters, oil filled radiators, and portable fan heaters or fan tower heaters.
If you have an electrical socket in your conservatory, you might like to consider getting an electric radiator for your conservatory. You get all the benefits of a gas radiator without having to call a plumber in to re-lay any pipework.
Electric radiators heat up and cool down quite quickly, and all the energy generated by them is transformed into heat, making them very efficient.
If you don’t have an electrical socket in your conservatory, you could consider whether you’d be able to use a socket in an adjoining room, perhaps using an extension lead.
If you want to go for an electric radiator, we would strongly recommend our Number 1 conservatory heater, the Dimplex CDE3ECC.
A convector heater works by circulating air through it’s inside, across its heating element. The heating element then warms the air, which then rises and is replaced in the heater by cooler air which then goes through the same process, which continues until the heater is switched off, or until the thermostat tells it to stop.
If you want to go for a convector radiator, we would strongly recommend our Number 3 conservatory heater, the Duronic Convector Heater HV120, or alternatively our Number 5, the Donyer Power Convector Radiator Heater.
Oil Filled Radiators
Oil filled radiators are generally a much less popular option for a conservatory heater, as it means that a plumber will have to be called out to extend the existing heating pipework in the house.
That said, they are very effective heaters that can warm a conservatory very quickly, thanks to they’re large heating output, and once heated, the conservatory will remain comfortable for several hours afterward.
If you want to go for an oil filled radiator, we would recommend our Number 4 conservatory heater, the Warmlite WL43003YW.
Portable Fan Heaters
If you’re after a quick blast of heat, you could opt for a portable fan heater. These types of heaters generally generate and shoot heat in one direction, as opposed to providing an even heat throughout the room. They don’t generally have timers or thermostats either, so you could easily end up leaving them on too long and generate high energy bills.
That said, fan heaters are considerably cheaper to buy than their radiator counterparts.
If you wanted to go for a fan heater, then we have to recommend our Number 2, the Pro Breeze® 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater. It’s one of the best fan heaters out there on the market today.
Other Things to Consider
The thing to remember when you’re buying a conservatory heater is that, you’re not just buying the heater itself, you also may have to pay for installation (depending on the heater you get) and you have to pay for any charges incurred from using it, such as an increase in your electricity bill.
Thermostat or Temperature Control
A thermostat can be a much loved feature of a conservatory heater, allowing you to set the temperature exactly where you like it. Once the thermostat has detected that the desired temperature is reached, the thermostat tells the heater to stop producing any more heat. When the temperature then goes down, as the heat dissipates, this is picked up by the thermostat, and the heat comes back on.
If your heater doesn’t have a thermostat, the next best alternative is being able to control the temperature by way of a timer. You could for example simply set the heater to only come on in the evening, or late afternoon when the sun starts to shy away.
With many conservatory heaters, rather than set the thermostat at a particular temperature, you can set the heat output instead. You would typically set the thermostat to maximum, and the heater will then work to reach the maximum temperature that can be reached for the heat output you have set.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the most economical heater for a conservatory?
The most economical heater for a conservatory would be a ceramic fan heater, as they spread warmth faster and more energy efficiently than their more traditional counterparts. This is all thanks to their ceramic heating elements.
Our Number 2 conservatory heater, the Pro Breeze® 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater, is a particularly economic heater for a conservatory because of the 60 degree oscillation of the heat, allowing the whole room to heat up, as opposed to simply blasting heat in one direction.