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Don't Stop At The Summer: How To Enjoy Your New Sunroom All Year Long

by Cherly King

If you've decided to have a sunroom added to your home, don't stop at summer use. You might think that you can only use your sunroom during the warmer months, but that's not the case. With a few additions during the construction process, you can turn your sunroom into an all-season room. That means you'll be able to enjoy your new addition throughout the year. Here are four steps you can take to allow for year-round enjoyment of your new sunroom. 

Start With the Right Insulation

If you want to be able to enjoy your sunroom throughout the year, you need to start with the right insulation. Many people assume that sunrooms can't be insulated, but that's not the case. Foam sheets can be used to insulate the floors and wall spaces while spray foam insulation can be used to fill in any gaps. The added insulation will help to keep your sunroom cool during the summer, and warm during the winter. 

Choose Functioning Windows

If you want to get use out of your sunroom all year long, make sure you choose the right windows. Many people choose non-functioning glass walls for their sunroom construction, but that doesn't allow for ventilation. To make sure you can get plenty of fresh air into your sunroom, you need to choose functioning windows. Awning windows are especially beneficial for the upper reaches of your sunroom. One of the benefits of awning windows is that they can open wide during the summer, and seal up tight during the winter months. 

Don't Forget the Window Tint

If you're worried about using your sunroom during the colder months, don't forget to tint the windows. One of the benefits of using a window tint is that it helps to lock in the warmth. As a result, you'll lose less of your warm air during the winter. As an added benefit, the tint will help to block out the sun during the summer. You can also choose to have insulated windows installed in your new sunroom. Insulated windows help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your sunroom all year long. 

Add at Least One Ceiling Fan

Finally, if you want to keep your sunroom at a comfortable temperature throughout the year, talk to your contractor about adding at least one ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can serve a dual purpose in your sunroom. During the summer, they can keep your sunroom cooler by circulating the air. During the winter, they can keep your sunroom warmer by drawing the warm air down towards the floor.

For more information on a sunroom addition, contact a professional near you.