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Control the climate using a conservatory vent controller

Control the climate using a conservatory vent controller

Originally used by the wealthy to grow citrus fruit, conservatories now provide extra value to your home. Providing many benefits, you can continue to let natural light in during the gloomy winter months and add some extra space to your home. However, conservatories can become very hot during the summer months with the sun shining through just like a greenhouse. Temperature is one of the most common problems for those who have a conservatory. Fortunately, there is a solution you can use to help control the temperature of your conservatory during the summer. Introducing the conservatory vent controller.

How do conservatory vent controllers work?
Heat within a room, whether it’s a room in your house or your conservatory, works by convection. Due to convection, where heat energy moves to take the place with less heat energy. For that reason, hot air rises. Many people don’t realise that most of the heat in a given room is in the top third. The same goes for your conservatory. The heat in your conservatory will usually be found in the top third of the room. That’s also why floors can get so cold!

What adds fuel to the fire in making your conservatory so hot during the summer months, is the sun shining directly through the glazed roof. The warm air gets hotter making your conservatory feel like a sauna! No matter whether you have glass, glazing material or polycarbonate, every conservatory will experience the same problem. The roof of your conservatory will become extremely hot on very sunny days. Barbecue anyone?

Even having your conservatory doors open will make little difference due to the lack of air movement. If the hot air rises to the top, you need a way to vent the air out. Using your conservatory vents during these hot days can be a real blessing. It allows the hot air to escape and cooler air to be drawn in. Perfect.

That way you can enjoy your conservatory throughout the summer too. The only problem is getting the vents open… Manual roof vents can be a pain as they require operating the worm screw that opens and closes the vent. If you’ve got more than 2, it can be a laborious task! Fortunately, there’s an easier way to open your conservatory vents.

Conservatory vent controller
Conservatory vent controllers can be the perfect solution to help control the climate within your conservatory. By installing a conservatory vent controller, you’ll be able to enjoy your conservatory throughout the warmer months without feeling like it’s baking.

These small devices are installed into your conservatory to help ventilate the climate. When it gets too hot, the controller works by opening the windows. When it gets cooler, the controller closes the windows. Often coming with different settings, you can set the vent controller to automatic or manual.

The problem with conservatory vent windows is that they are installed onto the roof. While it is ideal for controlling the climate within your conservatory, it can be a problem trying to open and close them, as they are often out of reach. The more vents you have installed, the most time consuming it can be to open and close them all.

The benefits of using a conservatory vent controller
A conservatory climate controller can eliminate this problem by installing a device at the vents to operate opening and closing all at the same time. With just a flick of a switch, you can adjust the settings. You can even get a remote-control key fob too for some models to allow you to operate the vent controller the same way you open your car. Most of the time, the vent controllers are idle, only using power when operating.

You don’t have to worry about rain either. You can have a rain sensor fitted to make sure your vents close when it starts raining. Installing a rain sensor to your vent controller outside will override your controls by preventing the vents from opening, thus stopping any rain from getting inside and damaging your furniture and floors.

Climate control is another feature you can get with your conservatory vent controllers, such as the EL-VC-AVC002S model. Installing a climate controller allows you to set your vent controllers to operate when the conservatory reaches a particular temperature. Setting a minimum and maximum temperature will indicate when the vents should open and close. When the temperature goes over your maximum, the vents will open. When the temperature drops below your minimum, the vents will close. Most vent controllers will allow you to set your vents to open either partially or fully depending on your temperature settings.

When your conservatory vent controller is fitted with both a climate controller and rain sensor, it makes it far more convenient. It can even operate when you are out too. Depending on the setting, you can ensure your conservatory will be ready for you to enjoy when you get home. Manual control also allows you to operate vents at any given time by overriding the automatic actions.

There are several misconceptions surrounding both conservatory vents and controllers. Check out some frequently asked questions about conservatory vent controllers.

Conservatory vents leak
Due to the way conservatories are made, over time the vents can become susceptible to leaks through warping, splits, and cracks. As conservatories are made up of different sections combined together by rubber or silicone, leaks can occur as the joining suffers from wear and tear. Roofs are often the source of a leak.

Another source could be that the insulation inside a vent has worn over time. As the insulation inside the vents starts to wear, water can seep its way inside. If a vent does start to leak, you should look to repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage. A vent controller will not affect the insulation of a vent and will not precipitate any leaks.

Vent controllers don’t work effectively
A common misconception surrounding conservatory vent controllers is that they do not work sufficiently or effectively. Often, this misconception can cause people to pass purchasing a vent controller fearing it will not help to control the climate. Fears that the vent controllers can become intrusive by continually automatically operating in order to open and close conservatory vents.

Conservatory vent controllers provide a practical and easy-to-use solution to help control the climate of your conservatory. With both automatic and manual options, you can control the vents. It is also easy to set and adjust to the desired temperature. The vent controller can also operate more than one roof vent at the same time, making it a convenient option to help improve the climate of your conservatory and helping to give you peace of mind.

Not suitable for timber-lined conservatories
Conservatories can be built using different materials. The most popular choice for conservatories is uPVC due to its durable nature and little maintenance. Other materials used for conservatories include aluminium and timber. Timber frames can provide a traditional and natural-looking option. As timber is not as durable as uPVC and aluminium, some believe that conservatory vent controllers are not suitable for timber-lined conservatories.

When using timber for a conservatory, it should be treated and reinforced. When timber is treated and reinforced, it can provide a durable option in the same way uPVC and aluminium can by preventing the wood from warping and distorting. While timber does require more maintenance, conservatory vent controllers can be used on all conservatory materials. Installing a vent controller will help to reduce condensation by releasing humid air, helping prevent any damage to the timber.