Sunroom Energy Saving Ideas
Sunrooms are a great place to spend time. They allow you to be inside, protected from the elements while still being able to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you are thinking about adding a sunroom or have an existing one, there are a few sunroom energy saving ideas that can save you money and reduce the energy used while using your sunroom:
- Sunrooms are generally comprised of a great deal of glass and windows. The heat built up in a sunroom can be used in the adjoining rooms. This heat distribution can be done relatively easily by installing ceiling fans that will push the warm air into the house.
- If you live in an area with a great deal of sunlight, solar panels can be installed and used as a way to harvest energy from the sun and use that energy to help heat or cool this space as well as any other spaces in your home.
- Cooling the sunroom can be a little more involved. Windows naturally capture light and with it, heat. Solar tinted glass or gas-filled glass will help insulate this space from the heat of the sun. New technologies, called low-e glass can also prevent your windows from turning into furnaces on hot summer days.
- Insulating the ceiling, walls and floor of your sunroom with an R-factor insulation that is correct for the climate you live in will help save energy. The goal is to keep either the warm or cool air in the room and not to let it leak out.
- Weather stripping all of the window and door openings will help seal the room.
- Blinds, shades and shutters can block the direct sunlight and keep your sunroom cooler.
- Using an exhaust fan built into the highest point of the ceiling can vent out some of the hot air in the room and turned on periodically during the hot hours of the day.
Your sunroom contractor can help you with these and more energy saving ideas. They can help you get them installed in a timely manner, so you can enjoy your room year round with the peace of mind that you are saving energy.