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How Do You Heat a Sunroom?


heating sunroom in winter

Even though you may either have or are considering a four season sunroom, there is always the question, how do you heat it? Actually, there are several options you may want to think about. To many people economy is a real consideration. Another thought is to combine aesthetics with the heating option. During the late Spring and early Fall the warmth from the sun will make your sunroom a favorite place to be, but when the winter months come it is important to look for an energy efficient heating option that suits you and your home.


Sunroom Heating Options

On Demand Heat


On demand heating (paying each month as you go), can be achieved with electric space heaters, which come in all sizes. If you are not using the room all the time you can turn them off and only use them when needed. Most home improvement stores carry a wide selection where you are sure to find something to fit your needs. These space heaters have a number of advantages over other heating options, including the fact that they are portable and easy to use. If you have a four-season vinyl sunroom, it usually does not need too much to keep it warm in most weather.



Use Your Existing Ductwork


Depending on the design of your home and the design of your new sunroom addition, you may be able to extend your existing ductwork into the new room. If your home has a central heating and air conditioning system it may be possible to put heating and air conditioning duct vents into the new sunroom, but it is important to check the costs before you get started. Many homeowners find that this option is quite expensive, so it is important to get an estimate before starting the sunroom addition.


Electric Baseboard Heat


Adding electric baseboard heating to a sunroom can be a good choice when it is not possible to extend the existing ductwork. Electric baseboard heat can provide excellent heat during the winter months, and modern baseboards can be very energy efficient.


Ventless Gas Fireplace


Depending on the décor and space availability, you may want to install a ventless gas fireplace.  These are quite attractive and do a good job in heating a sunroom.  In fact a fireplace, which can be a focal point, can make your sunroom a cozy place to relax.


HVAC Wall Unit


One more option is a HVAC wall unit, a through the wall heating and air conditioning unit. This is a wall mounted unit that is only several inches deep and is will blend with any decor.  These units are normally thermostatically controlled and fairly efficient to operate.


Whichever option you choose, consider all the pros and cons and make a wise choice for your sunroom.


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Great blog! Thank you for sharing ways to heat up winter for a sunroom. Amazing!
Posted @ Thursday, September 01, 2011 5:56 AM by Sunroom Additions
I am thinking of having a 3 or 4 season sunroom built and am thinking of having a wood burning fireplace as opposed to a gas fireplace. I hear having wood burning fireplace is not a good idea due to condensation on the windows during winter months. Our family loves the warmth/feel of wood burning and it would be great to enjoy during long Northeast winter months. Does any have an opinion on this? 
Posted @ Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:44 PM by Brian Saunders
I totally agree with this post. I would like to also tell something. Open all of the shades covering the windows in the sunroom. This will allow the sun's light to enter and heat the room.Turn on any heat that you have operating in your home. Open the air vent in the sunroom.Close the door into the sunroom. Fully compartmentalizing the sunroom allows the sun to warm the room more quickly and efficiently. 
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Posted @ Friday, September 07, 2012 7:28 AM by sunroomsdublin
we want to heat our sunroom but don't know whether to go gas or electric.the sunroom is 28x18.we would like to go electric but the estimater said if we go that way we have to buy a heat and air condition unit,because thats the only way they sell them.please help us.thank you
Posted @ Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:42 AM by GARY PRESEAU
my gas heater in my four seasons sunroom makes it too humid that the water drip off the windows and all the metal. tile floor is slippery. I have dehumidifier, but it don't help much. what else can I do.
Posted @ Monday, December 01, 2014 6:09 AM by bea
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