September 13, 2023

Ceiling Fans in Glass Roof Conservatories

Conservatories with glass roofs allow beautiful natural light into the home, creating bright and airy spaces to relax in. However, all that sunlight streaming through the glass can turn a conservatory into a sweltering greenhouse during the warmer months. This is where ceiling fans come in handy to keep the air circulating.

  • Benefits of Adding a Ceiling Fan
  • Cools the room by creating a wind chill effect. The breeze from a fan makes your skin feel cooler through convection and evaporation. This allows you to set your thermostat higher and save on energy costs.
  • Circulates air. Ceiling fans push air back down toward the living space. This helps combat the heat that naturally rises and gets trapped along the glass roof.
  • Promotes air flow into other rooms. Running a conservatory ceiling fan can draw hot air out of nearby rooms and equalise temperatures throughout your home.
  • Adds style. There are many ceiling fan designs that can complement your conservatory’s look, from sleek modern to traditional wood blades.
  • Factors to Consider Before Installation –
  • Blade span. Measure the square footage of your conservatory and choose a blade span to match the space. As a general rule, you need one foot of blade span per square foot.
  • Blade pitch. Steeper-pitched blades move more air. Look for 12-14 degree blades for maximum airflow.
  • Direction. Most conservatory fans have reversible settings to push air down in summer and draw it up in winter.
  • Placement. Install the fan centrally on the ceiling 2-3 metres above the floor for best circulation.
  • Remote control. Allow easy control of your ceiling fan with a remote or wall-mounted control.
  • Lighting. Many fans offer integrated lights to illuminate your conservatory in the evenings.
  • Safety features. Conservatory fans should have covered blades and close-to-ceiling mounts to keep hands and heads safe.
  • Tips for Maximising Efficiency –
  • Use your fan daily. Run it constantly at a low speed to keep the air moving.
  • Change direction seasonally. Switch to downdraft mode in summer and updraft mode in winter.
  • Open windows. Allow fresh breezes to circulate from open windows.
  • Add more fans if needed. Supplement your main fan with smaller units around the space.
  • Use a thermostat. Let your fan run automatically with temperature changes.
  • Create cross breezes. Open doors/windows across the room from your fan to create flow.
  • Run it overnight. Use the fan to flush out hot air on very warm evenings.
  • Close curtains. Keep the curtains drawn during the sunniest parts of the day.
  • Turn off when not needed. Don’t leave the fan running in an empty room.
  • Check the pitch. Adjust blade angles by a few degrees to target airflow.
  • Clean regularly. Dust buildup reduces efficiency, so keep the blades clean.

Adding a ceiling fan is an affordable way to improve comfort in a conservatory on hot days. With a good quality fan sized for the space and optimally positioned, you can enjoy the light-filled ambience all summer long. Of course, with an insulated conservatory roof using Panel X conservatory roof panels, the need for a ceiling fan is much reduced.