Sunrooms are designed for all-season use, and you want to be able to enjoy the space even on the coldest winter days. But even the highest-quality sunrooms can be affected by cold outdoor temperatures. If drafts and chills are invading your space, you’re probably wondering how to keep your sunroom warm. Thankfully, you don’t have to wrap yourself up in hundreds of layers of blankets in order to keep the cold at bay. Instead, try out these four tips for keeping your sunroom warm in the winter.
1. Choose Energy-Efficient Glass
One of the best ways to keep your sunroom warm in the winter is to choose energy-efficient glass from the get-go. This will keep the sunroom insulated and stop outside temperatures from penetrating the space. Older and inexpensive sunrooms tend to have poorly insulated, single-pane windows in place, which are sure to fall prey to freezing temperatures. If this is the case for you, it may be time for new windows. While replacing all of the windows in your sunroom can be expensive, it’s worth it to get the year-round use you want out of your bonus space.
2. Extend Your Ductwork
Ductwork is typically extended into the sunroom when it’s installed so that you can heat and cool the space as you would any other room in your home. If this was not done when your sunroom was built, you won’t be able to control the temperature within it and the winter months are sure to render the space unusable. Having new ductwork installed is another expensive project but heating and cooling will turn your sunroom into a true extension of your home that’s comfortable enough to use all year long.
3. Invest in a Space Heater
If your sunroom is too cold to enjoy but you’re not ready to pay for serious upgrades like new windows or central heating, a space heater is a great solution. Space heaters are fairly inexpensive and can be plugged in anywhere in your sunroom to help warm up the space. You can also move them around and situate your space heater close to where you’re sitting for maximum warmth. While heat will still escape out the windows if they aren’t energy efficient, a space heater will make the room significantly more comfortable while you’re using it.
4. Hang Insulated Window Treatments
Another affordable option for keeping your sunroom warm is to hang thick draperies or another type of insulated covering over the windows. This will give you an extra layer of protection between the windows and the room, helping to prevent heat from escaping and outside air from getting in. Thick draperies can also make the room feel cozier, contributing to its overall warmth, and making the space more comfortable. There are many different types of energy-efficient window treatments on the market, ranging from affordable, off-the-shelf styles to more expensive custom designs, so you’re sure to find an option that suits your budget.
For more tips and tricks for keeping your sunroom warm in the winter, reach out to the pros at TEMO. We’ve learned a lot about sunrooms since our founding in 1970 and we’d love to pass on that knowledge to you. If you’re thinking about upgrading your cold and drafty sunroom, we can provide an energy-efficient model that guarantees all-weather performance. Give us a call or contact us today to learn more. We’re here to help with all of your outdoor living needs!