Though it may not at first seem so, winter is one of the best months to enjoy your sunroom. You can start each brisk morning by drinking coffee and staring out at the winter scene outside while remaining cozily tucked under a blanket. Even with four-season sunrooms, it’s important to be careful about your heating strategy to maximize the comfort of your new addition.
Plan for Cold in the Design
To start, the warmth of your sunroom will depend on the quality of the glass used and whether the wall sidings are insulated. With all of our sunroom projects, Global Solarium uses double sealed dual pane insulated glass and extruded aluminum frames. These details work together to ensure that the heat in your home will stay inside making it a true four-season room.
Install an HVAC System
When it comes to adding a sunroom onto a house, some homeowners opt to add a separate HVAC system into the room so that the temperature can be set separate of the rest of the house. These systems are easy to install and are incredibly efficient, allowing you to quickly heat or cool the room to the desired temperature as the weather changes day-to-day or even hour-to-hour.
Consider a Fireplace or Portable Heater
If you don’t know already, then you’re sure to quickly learn: the sunroom will be your favorite room in your house. Knowing this, why not take a step to make the room even more appealing with the addition of a fireplace? If it’s too late or you don’t want to plan for a chimney, then you can instead go for an electrical fireplace, which is essentially a heating unit but with the visual appeal of a focal point with its mantle and fire effects. If you’d rather have a more mobile heating option, consider using a portable heater to warm the space when it’s in use.
Heavy Drapes Add Insulation
Just like keeping the windowed rooms in your houses warm, one tactic to retain heat is to put up heavy drapes in the winter to help with the room’s insulation. For your sunroom, that will likely mean thermal-insulated floor-to-ceiling draperies. While this option will mean removing some of the natural light from the sunroom, it does allow for more versatility to this space, which is an added bonus.
Pay Attention to Your Floors
When focusing on the heating of your sunroom, your attention may first be drawn toward the walls and ceilings. But don’t forget the tactics you use in other parts of your home, such as installing carpet or laying down a rug. Protecting your feet from the cold has quite an effect on the overall warmth of a room.