Keeping Your Sunroom Bearable All Year Round
Now, the sunroom was not built like other rooms in the house, it is even referred to as an additional room, but the point I’m trying to make here is, other rooms were built with walls and windows but most sunrooms are more or less a glass house. If your sunroom was built with insulation, you might not need this, but if yours was built without insulation, check out the steps with which you can insulate your sunroom in order to fully enjoy its benefit:
Insulating the floor of your sunroom
- To insulate the floor of your sunroom, use a high quality insulation material, ensure you check the R-value to be sure of the value.
- Use mesh wires to seal the lower side of your floor from outside in order for it to contain the insulation.
- Condensation which introduces moisture could tamper with the efficacy of your insulation; ensure you install a vapor barrier to prevent this.
- Packing the insulation tightly between the floor joists could prevent it from working well as insulation needs space to function properly.
- After insulating, use a layer of plywood to hold the insulation in place
Glaze your windows
This can be done by applying a thin layer of caulk-like material on the surface of the windows (you can purchase new windows with multiple layers of glass if you feel your existing window is not enough to keep the sunroom warm probably because it is single-layered). To apply the glaze, you have to be careful to avoid damaging the window. Remove the glass from the window frame to scrape off the old graze before attempting to apply a new one. If you find it difficult to pull this off, you can engage the services of a professional to do it. If you don’t feel like hiring someone probably because you are trying to save money, then you can consider installing plastic gazing instead. Plastic glazing can also help keep the cold and wind out of the room and more interesting is the fact that they are hard to detect and so, will not give your windows an untidy look.
Reduce sunlight by tinting the windows
This helps in improving the energy efficiency of the room. By tinting your windows, the ultraviolet rays of the sun will be blocked from reflecting in your room. When picking out tinted windows, ensure to choose one that can provide protection in all seasons. Use a draught stopper Draught stopper are referred to long piece of foam or plastics which you can use to block the gap between the floor and the bottom of the door leading to the sunroom. This makes the sunroom free from draughts that may cause unfavorable temperature in the sunroom. You can also use some decorative insulation like cork ceiling covers and polyurethane panels to get rid of draught. Install a Heating or Cooling System Installing an air condition or heating unit will help insulate your sunroom also. You could also connect the room to the HVAC system in your home. A ceiling fan can also help to circulate warm air in winter and cool the room during summer.
Use Your Drapes
You can hang insulating drapes or reflective shades over the windows to prevent the sun from making the sunroom hot and unbearable during summer, and to also prevent the cold during winter evenings.
Take these steps to insulate your sunroom and get the best out of it. Your kids might not even remember it is summer when they are playing around in it. If you want help insulating your sunroom, contact an expert at tropical sunroom.