As the winter drags on and the idea of above-freezing temperatures slowly fades from memory, your sunroom will become a safe haven of warmth to get you through to spring time. A well made four season sunroom should be connected to your home’s heating and cooling and system, so all you’ll need to do to keep your sunroom warm is turn up the thermostat. However, if you choose a three season room, you may find it hard to regulate the temperature without incurring enormous electricity bills from stand up electrical heaters.
Fortunately, the unique design of your three season sunroom gives you plenty of natural sunroom heating options to keep you warm all winter long without having to install a stove or space heaters:
- Weather strips around the windows — a surprising amount of heat is lost through the tiny gaps around your window frames, meaning that your sunroom will always feel cold in the morning. Placing small weather strips around the edge of each frame and the external doors will help trap more heat in.
- Clear window insulation — even though you’ve installed double glazed windows with argon to increase their efficiency, your windows are still another source of sunroom heat loss. This is because the internal glass still takes in heat. Putting a layer of clear plastic window insulation will reflect the heat back into the room instead of absorbing it.
- Window tints — while the big windows in your sunroom let in plenty of light, they also allow it to leave easily too. Applying a simple layer of window tint will darken your room slightly, but it will also stop light, and therefore heat, from escaping. Keeping this heat circulating in your room is essential to keeping your sunroom warm.
- Insulated drapes — with the principal of trapping pre-existing heat inside, you can also keep your windows clear of tints and plastic by installing insulated drapes over each window and the external doors. Not only will they keep the heat built up during the day into the evening, the insulated drapes will also give you an opportunity to pick out your accent colour scheme for the sunroom.
- Deep pile rugs — along the same theme as the insulated drapes, you’ll find life much warmer if you put deep pile rugs down in your sunroom. The thick material will trap heat during the day and slowly release it back overnight, which will make your sunroom feel warmer in the morning. It’ll also feel much better on your feet than cold stone or hardwood floors.
All of these are quick and simple fixes that you can put into place with a quick trip to your local home improvement store. One solution that will require a trained technician is to install interlocking sashes on the external doors. The sashes basically secure the doors together with a much tighter fit, but you’ll need a trained carpenter to take the doors off, install the sashes and then rehang the doors.