When you bought your house, one of the biggest selling points was the sunroom. And with the warmer months here, you can take full advantage of this space, allowing you to enjoy summer weather while avoiding insects and rain.
But there’s a price that comes with a sunroom, one that has nothing to do with construction costs: after a while, your sunroom can get, well, too sunny. Too warm and too bright for you to enjoy yourself.
And that excess warmth in this room can make your entire house warmer, forcing your central air conditioning system to work harder than necessary.
But rather than deal with a higher-than-usual energy bill later this summer, you can take a few steps to turn your sunroom into the comfortable space it’s meant to be.
1. Increase the airflow to the room
By installing some sort of ventilation openings in the room, you can allow heat to escape. You might need ventilation fans to push hot air out through your vents.
You can also boost airflow in the sunroom by putting fans near the floor, where they’ll blow hot air up and out and prevent it from lingering in the room.
And if you have a ceiling fan, run that as well. Used in combination with window blinds, it will make your sunroom noticeably cooler.
2. Tint your windows
Tinting the windows in your sunroom will block both sunlight and its resulting heat. And if you’re in the market for some new windows for this space – or are getting ready to build a new sunroom – consider putting in insulated windows, which can have the same effect.
And if tinted windows aren’t in your budget, just put up some blinds. Blinds give you a wealth of different options, but the end result is the same: an easy, cost-effective way of deflecting the sun.
3. Install portable air conditioners
If your home doesn’t have the ductwork to support a central air conditioning system, you can always cool your sunroom with a portable air conditioner. You’ll be able to cool your sunroom in the summer and put the air conditioner away during the winter.
4. Use a ductless mini-split
Ductless mini-splits allow you to cool your home without needing a central air conditioning system. These devices are made up of a small outdoor unit and at least one indoor unit to heat and cool your home. (So if your sunroom feels too cold in the winter, a mini-split unit can help there as well.)
They use less power than a forced air system and allow you to cool individual spaces and provide your space with better air quality, as ductless systems offer multi-stage filtration to reduce the amount of dust, pollen and other allergens in the air.
And ductless systems adhere to Energy Star guidelines, which means they offer better energy efficiency, allowing you to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
If you’re interested in installing one of these systems, get in touch with All Seasons Comfort Control. Our team can install an efficient, quiet mini split, but also help customers who have central air conditioning systems and want to make sure they can properly cool their homes. Contact us today to learn more.