The biggest consideration to keep your room warm in the winter is the glass. Glass is what makes a sunroom so special. Unfortunately, glass isn’t a great insulator so it doesn’t do much on its own to keep the heat inside and the cold outside. The first thing to make it easier is to use “Insulated Glass”. Insulated Glass is a glass unit that is made up of 2 pieces of glass with a spacer between. This unit is then sealed and an airspace is created between the two pieces of glass. That airspace acts as an insulator. Insulated Glass (also known as Double Pane) will offer huge benefits over regular or Single Pane glass. Another option with glass is the different glass options. There are more tints, films, & coatings for glass than you can imagine and many of these are designed to help prevent heat transfer. Put simply, heat transfer is just what it sounds like, the transfer of heat from one side of the glass (inside your room) to the other side (outside). Some are not much better than plain glass while some offer a tremendous improvement. Glass like Four Seasons Sunrooms’ ConservaGlass actually uses several coatings which keeps the temperature inside your room more comfortable for a longer period of time. A high quality glass such as ConservaGlass will help keep your room more enjoyable during the cold winter months.
Something else to keep in mind when planning your sunroom is some kind of Heat & Air Conditioning. No matter how good your glass is, your room will eventually get cold in the winter. Many of us have experienced power outages in the winter that prevent electric heat pumps from keeping our homes warm. Even those of us with gas or oil heat have probably experienced those first cool nights in the beginning of the season before we switch the thermostat over. Even a home that’s fully insulated with no windows will get cold in the winter without a heater. A sunroom is no different. A separate HVAC system is a great investment that will pay off in a much more comfortable and useable room. There are many systems today that can keep your room comfortable while being small and affordable. If you’re looking at a sunroom, ask your contractor what they suggest. Make sure you keep your climate in mind as well. An actual Heat Pump will be a much better idea if you get really cold temperatures in the winter.
With a well planned & constructed sunroom, you can get a lot of enjoyment from your room in the winter. Many of us are fortunate enough to have experienced those winter days where get to watch our children or wildlife play in the snow while staying nice and toasty in our sunroom. Even better is a magical White Christmas with a tree in your sunroom and snow on the ground. If you’d like some more info on a great Sunroom of your own, let us know: http://www.SunLifeSunrooms.com/sunrooms.html