Sunrooms are a great way to expand the living space in your home and extend it toward the outdoors. You can enjoy the summer sun in peace without pests or bugs. The system protects you from any wind, rain or other weather conditions that might hamper an outdoor soiree as well. Additionally, a sunroom also helps you take advantage of the views.
The sunroom used in Southern part of the country, may not be suitable for the Northeast due to the drastic changes of weather throughout the year, so a space that is comfortable in summer can be dangerously cold in winter. However, with the right construction and insulation, a sunroom can be comfortable to relax in throughout the year.
Most sunrooms are traditionally designed to be used in the summer when the sun is brightest, and the weather is warm. It is sad when the summer season is over, though, and you have to stop using your sunroom. Is it possible to make your sunroom a space you can enjoy all year? Fortunately, the answer is yes and Crystalia Glass is here to help you with that!
So, how to keep your sunroom warm in the winter?
One of the biggest energy loss factors of your sunroom may be the windows. You want windows that fit securely so air is not transferred around the frames. Heat can come in during the summer and go out in the winter through tiny gaps between the window frame and the wall.
Warming your sunroom in the winter is a two-step process. First, you have to heat the space, and second, you must insulate the exterior walls, so the heat does not escape. Not only is insulation great for keeping your sunroom warm, but a properly insulated sunroom can also help cut down on your heating costs. To accomplish this, here are some of the best ways you can keep your sunroom warm:
- Add a clear insulation to the surface of the windows. A layer of clear plastic will help prevent the warm air from escaping through the windows in your sunroom. Plastic does not have the same R-value as a solid material insulation, but it will improve the energy efficiency of your windows, especially if they are single-pane glass.
- Apply a window tinting to block radiant heat from escaping. The tinting allows sunlight to warm the space, but it will not let that solar energy escape. The tint may diminish your view through the windows, but only by a very small amount.
- Install a ceiling fan to push warmer air down from the ceiling and circulate it throughout the sunroom. A ceiling fan will not create heat, but it helps you take advantage of any heat that is already in the room. By slowly circulating the air in your sunroom, the fan pushes warm air that rises back down into the living space in your room where you can feel it.
In addition, you may be able to heat your sunroom by simply opening the door to your house and letting the heat flow out there. Warm air will naturally move toward the cooler space until the temperature balances out. If this form of heating is not sufficient, however, you may need to add a heat source to the sunroom in the form of a baseboard heater or a portable electric heater.
The professionals at Crystalia Glass can build a sunroom that fits your home, your family and our weather conditions across the USA. We help homeowners enhance their view and living enjoyment while conserving energy usage and increasing comfort.
When your sunroom is designed for four seasons sunroom, you have no concerns about cooling it in summer or heating it in winter. Hiring a professional to install your sunroom can assure you achieve your desired results. Contact Crystalia Glass for a free consultation.