Keeping Your Sunroom at a Comfortable Temperature Year-Round
If you have a passion for the great outdoors but don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home, then a sunroom is a great way to have the best of both worlds. It is also a great way to maximize your home living space and extend it to the outdoors without having to worry about pesky bugs, bad weather conditions, or any other things that can ruin having fun outdoors.
In some parts of the country, the temperature changes drastically at the drop of a hat, which makes a sunroom that is pleasant in the summer, seem uninhabitable in the winter. A way to prevent this problem is with the right construction and insulation, which can make your sunroom comfortable in every season throughout the year.
Here in Sacramento, the seasons and temperatures change drastically throughout the year, so a space that is comfortable in summer can be cold in winter. However, with the right construction and insulation, a sunroom can be comfortable to relax in throughout the year.
Sunrooms are traditionally designed to be used during the summer when the weather is the warmest, so before when summer is over they had to stop using the sunroom. That makes you wonder if a sunroom can be designed to be usable all throughout the year.
Ways to Keep Your Sunroom Warm In the Winter
In order to make your sunroom usable during the winter, you have to follow two-steps. Firstly, you have to heat up the room to a nice and comfortable temperature, and secondly, you have to insulate the exterior walls so that the heat doesn’t escape. Here are some tips on how to do this:
- If you install weather-strips around the windows in order to seal the small gaps between the window frames, in order to prevent the warm air from leaking.
- By adding a layer of clear plastic insulation on the surface of the windows in order to keep the warmth inside of your sunroom.
- Applying window tint to block heat from escaping. Tint helps sunlight to warm up to the room, but it also helps keep the warmth inside and not let it escape.
- Putting up insulated drapes, will help keep the warm air inside the sunroom.
When planning and designing your sunroom, you have to keep in mind the positioning of the room. If you position it facing direct sunlight all day, the sun exposure can help heat up your room to a comfortable temperature even during winter days. But depending on the climate, sometimes even though there is sun exposure, it won’t be enough to keep the sunroom comfortable.
How to Keep A Sunroom Cool In The Summer
As the name implies, a sunroom is best used during the summertime when the sun is at its brightest and the weather is the warmest so you can enjoy of the perfect summer weather. Even though the summer is the best time to use your sunroom because of the summer heat, too much heat isn’t comfortable, and can even make your whole house warmer.
Keeping a sunroom cool during the summer is a real challenge but here are some tips on how to do it:
- Putting a type of ventilation like an exhaust fan in the upper part of the room so when heat rises, it can escape the room. The fans will also help the air move so the heat does not linger at one point in the room.
- Tinting the sunroom windows will keep some of the heat from the sun out of the room. Insulated windows also does the same effect, so you should decide if you want tinted windows or insulated windows during the construction process.
- Installing blinds will help block out some of the heat from the sun. There are many types of blinds to choose from; the usual types are hung inside the room, and there are also put in between the panes of glass. If you choose the ones that are in between the panes, it would have to be decided when the windows are installed.
- You could also try using insulated drapes or blackout shades in order to completely block out the sun when needed. It will completely hinder the view, but it’s a small price to pay in order to make your room more comfortable during a really hot day.
How to Insulate a Sunroom
An important part in sunroom construction is insulation, in order to maintain a more comfortable temperature and not letting the outside weather affect the inside of the sunroom. By putting up insulation, you will be putting up a barrier against the outside elements, so you will be able to enjoy nature in the comfort of your own home. It’s a good idea to use some kind of insulation inside the walls like fiberglass or foam, but this is just the beginning since this will not fully insulate the room.
Some people only insulate the walls, and forget all about the floor. The floor is a large solid surface where you can hide insulating material from plain sight. Here are some ways to insulate your sunroom floor:
- Seal the bottom part of your floor from the outside by using some wire mesh in order to contain the insulation.
- Do not use cheap materials in insulating, since this investment is worth it.
- Do not fill the spaces between the floor joists with too much insulation. Insulation will not work properly if packed to tightly. If the insulation is packed too tight, it won’t be able to trap the air and do its job properly.
- Cover the insulation with plywood after installation in order to protect it from the elements, and also in order to hold the insulation in place.
Windows and Heat Loss in Your Sunroom
One of the biggest factors that contribute to energy loss is the windows. In order to prevent this, you need windows that are sealed securely so air is not transferred though small gaps along the frames. Through these small gaps, the heat can enter during the summer or escape during the winter.
Insulating the windows is an important step to make sure your sunroom usable in any season and weather. Older windows are usually made with only one pane of glass without any insulation, that’s why upgrading the windows to multi pane glass that contain insulating materials can have a huge effect on the energy efficiency of your sunroom.
A COMFORTABLE SUNROOM ALL YEAR ROUND
The best way for you to make sure that your sunroom maintains a comfortable temperature all year round, is to keep in mind of the sun exposure when designing and building the sunroom. There are different types of sunrooms, that can be used in different seasons, so if you want to use your sunroom throughout the year, then you should invest a little more to have it constructed that way.
- Three-Season Patio Room — The Three-Season Patio Room as it name implies is mainly constructed to be used during 3 seasons. It is a great way for you to make sure that you can use your patio not just during the summer but also during colder seasons.
- Conservatory — A conservatory is an elegant and classy type of sunroom that would add more sophistication to your home. It can be designed to be a beautiful greenhouse or a Victorian-style garden room that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
- Year-Round Sunroom — The Year-Round Sunroom is specifically designed with all the necessary heating and cooling systems in order for you to enjoy it all year round. This can transform your porch into an elegant sunroom with an abundance of natural sun exposure.
We at Pacific Builders have been in the business for years, and have built and remodeled every type of sunroom that you could ever imagine. We can design and build a sunroom that fits your specifications that you will surely love. The Pacific Builders team are all professionals that will help you with every step of the way from designing to installation. You will be as involved in the project as possible to make sure that we can build the sunroom that you imagined. We’re here to help you build your dreams!