It’s sunroom season! If this sunny weather has you thinking about building an addition onto your house, we’ve got some tips that you should pay attention to, if you want your sunroom to be as energy-efficient as possible.
Already have a sunroom?
Even without any major construction changes, you can take a few measures to keep the heat down, despite the heavy sunlight coming through!
Keep the Shades Drawn
If the shades are closed while nobody is enjoying the room, you will keep heat from coming in when you don’t need it. If you don’t like the aesthetic of heavy curtains blocking sunlight all day, you can opt for a light, airy curtain, so that the sunroom maintains its look while still protecting against heat.
Insulation, Insulation, Insulation.
While insulation is always important for maintaining the energy-efficiency of your home, it’s especially important for a sunroom, since it’s walls are mostly windows (which are the quickest way a room gains and loses heat). Because of this, ceiling insulation is especially important for a sunroom! It will be the largest insulated surface area in a room that desperately needs to be insulated.
Mini-Split AC Systems
Perfect for sunrooms, as well as any other room without great duct-work, these ductless AC systems keep one room—or multiple rooms!— hot or cold , as well as improve air quality. While the sun is letting heat in, your mini-split AC system will be working to keep the temperature cool inside!
Building a new sunroom?
Even better. If you build with energy-efficiency in mind, your whole house will benefit!
Heat-Rejecting Window Panels
As illustrated in the photos below, certain windows have insulation within the glass to keep heat out in the summer and cold out in the winter. While this extra measure isn’t necessary all over your home, a room made completely of windows poses a high risk of absorbing all the sun’s light and heat, then warming up like an oven—slowly spilling its heat into the rest of your house. Even if your room isn’t new construction, you can apply a film to your windows to achieve the same effect.