Being able to use your new space all year long is one of the best reasons to invest in a four season sunroom. This extra room in your house attaches to your home’s existing heating system meaning that you can sit and relax in your sunroom all winter long, unlike the three season rooms which you need to close up when the temperatures start to drop. This additional room will add to your heating bills during the colder months, which is to be expected when you expand your home; however, it can become very costly as the high ceilings and large number of windows can make your sunroom use heat very inefficiently.
3 small ways to make your sunroom energy efficient
Some of the biggest ways to increase energy efficiency in your sunroom should be factored in as you design your room. These include getting insulation installed between the inner and outer walls and putting in under floor insulation for either a carpet, hardwood or tile installation. However, there are three simple ways to dramatically save on your sunroom heating bills:
- Seal the frames – most of the heat loss that happens in a four season sunroom is through the windows and the external doors. While most modern sunrooms come with double, or even triple, glazed windows for maximum heat loss prevention, you should aim to seal all the frames in the sunroom as the weather starts to change each year. This is a simple afternoon job with a caulk gun and clear sealant available from any hardware store.
- Tint the windows – while you’ll want to keep your windows as see through as possible to get the best views, adding a slight tint to them will block UV rays entering the room and prevent radiant heat energy from leaving it. Look in particular for window coverings with a “low-E” rating to get the best efficiency – these tints will also help to protect your soft furnishings from fading due to sunlight exposure.
- Add a rug and curtains – the small way to reduce your sunroom heating bills is less to do with preventing heat escaping and more to do with trapping heat in. Putting a thick rug down and a set of heavy curtains up on each window will keep the room warm, and will trap any residual heat from the day through most of the evening. This will keep your finger away from the thermostat and allow you to make use of the natural heating properties of your sunroom. These soft furnishings could be seasonal and could be put in storage when springtime rolls around.
Reducing the amount of heating fuel you need to keep your sunroom open all winter long isn’t just good for your bank balance; it’s a great way to help the environment too. Many sunroom owners find that the changes they put in place to make their sunroom more energy efficient can be applied to the rest of the home, resulting in a greener, and lower cost, home.