One of the most common queries when it comes to building a garden room or garden office is, how do you heat it? Older style garden rooms used to be notoriously cold in the later months, making them difficult to use or hard to heat. Today, with the quality of garden room builds vastly improving and technology advancing, heating your garden office is simple and affordable. It all just depends on the style of your garden room, its size, what you are planning to use it for, and your overall budget. But don’t worry, below are a few options to help keep your garden office warm and cosy:
1. Roof insulation
The first thing to consider when thinking about how to keep your garden office warm is roof insulation. A well-insulated building of any kind will benefit from high-quality insulation material and a garden office is no exception. The added benefits here are that you’ll save on costs when it comes to additional heating, which is a huge bonus, especially given current energy prices.
2. Electric heaters
Convection heaters are particularly effective, as they can be mounted onto garden office walls or be left free-standing (and stored away in the summer months). They’re an affordable option that do not require a separate power supply and can generally be installed without the help of an electrician.
3. Oil-filled radiators
Electric heaters filled with oil are another good option. These are usually free-standing, meaning they offer flexibility when it comes to where you choose to place them. The main advantage of oil heaters is that they are fairly cheap and can be purchased almost anywhere – and there is no installation required, representing further savings.
4. Wood burners
Wood-burning stoves are an undeniably stylish choice. Their retro vibe and gorgeous smell just scream wintry cosiness. They heat up relatively fast and have the added benefit of being carbon neutral, provided that you choose a sustainable fuel source. The disadvantage here is that they can be relatively expensive to install, as installation by a certified HETAS engineer is vital to make sure you stay safe.
5. Underfloor heating
A wonderful choice if floor space is sparse is underfloor heating, which keeps your walls completely free from any radiators or stoves, all while keeping your feet nice and warm. These are not generally suitable for DIY installation, meaning you’d need to find an engineer to lay down the mesh elements. You would also benefit if your top layer of flooring was concrete or tiling, as these materials are better for heat retention (but can be pricier!)
Heating your garden office is easy
As you can see, heating a garden office doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Choosing the right type of heating for your garden room is key. Depending on the size and style of your garden office, there are plenty of options available that are sure to keep you cosy. You may choose to use more than one approach in combination. Good insulation is always important as it will keep your heating bills to a minimum.