A vinyl sunroom is a great addition to any home, but can you use it during the winter? The answer is yes, with some specific details that must be considered when building your sunroom. There are three main components that create a room that is usable in the cold winter months: windows, insulation and a heating unit.
Since windows are usually the primary component of the wall, the level of energy efficiency is quite crucial. After all, you don’t want the heat you are putting in your room to escape or it’s warmth to be over taken by the cold air coming in from poor windows. So, look for windows that have the appropriate high efficiency ratings for your geographical location and consult with an expert to be sure you are getting what you need.
Although most sunrooms have insulation, a sunroom that is to be used year round needs to have more than a three season. Insulation will need to be part of the roof, walls and floor. Keeping in the warmth and making the room usable and cozy during the winter months.
Of course if we are going to use the sunroom during the winter we will need a source of heat, a HVAC unit. The advantage to having a standalone HVAC unit in your sunroom is that you can turn it on and off according to use, it does not have to be on all the time. This feature can save you money on your heating bill in the long run.
Being able to use your sunroom in the winter time is a great extension of your home. Imagine having a cup of coffee in your cozy sunroom while watching the snow falling outside your windows.