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How to Cosy Up Your Garden Shed

As inevitable as paying taxes, winter always comes around. Just like your house, a garden building has to not just be secured against the cold, but be comfortable too. Dark nights and cold winds are a serious challenge to a garden shed’s habitability. However surrender is not an option; there are many weapons you can arm yourself with in the battle against chills and gloom.

Heating

Warmth. It’s the first thing to go as the winter months approach. A garden is more exposed than a house and doesn’t have the same kind of heating system.  Just like there are many types of garden sheds, there’s many types of garden heating. So whatever your practical needs there’s a heater that will suit you best. In the case of garden sheds, we’ll be looking at portable heaters only as opposed to fixed.

Convector Heaters

A convector heater uses air convection to circulate air around a heating implement. As the air heats it rises whilst increasing in volume.

  • Pros: These heaters are quick to heat up a whole room. They’re lighter than oil heaters and quieter than fan heaters. Most convector heaters have thermostatic controls and can be wall mounted
  • Cons: Once turned off, they don’t heat up the room like an oil heater does.

Oil Heaters 

Oil heaters are filled with synthetic oil. The oil is heated until a desired temperature and then the heater turns off. The oil then continues to heat the room.

  • Pros: They work out cheaper due to the fact they don’t have to be switched on to heat the room.
  • Cons:  Take a long time to heat up a room. Due to weight they’re less portable than other types of heaters. They’re completely silent.

Fan Heaters

With a fan heater, a fan blows air over heated coils which forces hot air to circulate.

  • Pros: The best option if you want to heat up specific areas of the room or if you need to quickly heat up a room. They’re also the lightest and most compact option, so they’re more portable.
  • Cons: Takes a lot longer to heat up a whole room and they tend to be quite noisy.

Considerations

  • Thermostatic Controls – Heaters are most efficient if they have thermostatic controls so they switch themselves off once they’ve reached a certain temperature.
  • Timer – A timer ensures the heater is only on for a set period of time, meaning that you don’t need to remember to turn it on.
  • Space – The size of your garden shed or garden building affects the amount of space that you need to heat. How much space the radiator takes up is also a concern.
  • Insulation – An extra step to take to keep your garden building warm is insulation,whilst this is a significant short term cost, it’s a long term investment.

Lighting

As the nights get darker, garden lighting becomes not just a way to brighten up your garden but a practical solution to help you see at night! There are multiple types of lighting for a garden shed.

Types of Lighting

Downlights

The term ‘downlight’ is typically used to describe lights that are meant to stay in a fixed position, facing and lighting downwards.

  • Pros: Downlights are generally economical and energy efficient.
  • Cons: You can’t move the light and make it shine onto a specific spot in the same way that you can another type of lighting.

Spotlights

Spotlights are garden lights that are designed for lateral adjustment.

  • Pros: You can illuminate any area you desire.
  • Cons: Unless they are LED spotlights, they will be perform a large scale electrical drain and will be expensive to use.

Uplights

Uplights are typically designed for lighting the area above the light.

  • Pros: They tend to be ground level so are more portable.
  • Cons: These work really well as mood lighting, but are not very practical or effective at illuminating an entire room.

By carefully considering your heating and lighting options you can save money not just now but in the future.

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