Cooling and Heating Options for Sunrooms

May 15, 2019by admin
lazy cat sleeping in sunroom
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A sunroom can really add beauty and value to your home. It’s a great place to read a book, entertain guests, or spend a few quiet moments away from the chaos. If you’ve spent any time in one, however, you’ll know that maintaining a consistent, comfortable temperature can be tricky.

You deserve to enjoy the full use of your home, so if you find yourself avoiding your lovely sunroom due to its climate, it’s time to make some changes. While addressing this issue can be challenging, W.G. Speeks can help you find the right heating and cooling solutions for your sunroom.

Window Units

window air conditioner

Looking for a relatively inexpensive, quick solution for your hot, humid sunroom? Unless this addition to your home happens to be exceptionally large, a simple window AC unit could do the trick! You should be able to handle the installation on your own without disturbing the structure of your home.

Of course, if you have central air, keep in mind that you won’t be able to control a window unit when you adjust the settings. You’ll have to turn it up or down manually, and it may take a little longer to cool the space. It’s hard to beat the convenience, but remember that adding a window unit may slightly increase your energy costs each month.




Space Heaters

While designs vary from home to home, many sunrooms are comprised mostly of windows and glass paneling. As you can imagine, this doesn’t leave much room for insulation. This isn’t a problem for much of the year in Virginia, however, it can be problematic during those cold snaps in the middle of winter or the rainy season.

An easy way to fight off the chill is to add a space heater to your sunroom. Again, you’ll have to control the temperature manually, but it’s a quick, cost-effective solution. A word of caution: always follow the instructions that come with a space heater as improper use can increase the risk of fire in your home.

HVAC Vent Expansion

One of the most effective ways to heat and cool a sunroom is to add HVAC vents to the room. This will expand your existing system so that the air circulating within your home is also redirected into the sunroom. Of course, this isn’t as inexpensive or easy as adding a window unit or space heater, but if you spend a lot of time in that area, it will be worth it.

One major benefit is that your gorgeous sunroom will be the same temperature as the rest of the house, which is your goal. You also won’t need to worry about leaving a space heater unattended. If you invest in a programmable thermostat, you can create settings specifically for your sunroom so that you won’t waste any energy heating or cooling it more than necessary.

Ductless Heating and Cooling

Split system air conditioner

You may not have heard about them, but ductless heating and cooling has been gaining in popularity. These systems are typically comprised of an outdoor air compressor and indoor wall unit that work together to cool a single space or entire buildings. It’s a very versatile option for keeping your sunroom comfortable.

One major perk is that ductless systems use less energy than traditional ducted models, which can save you money. Another advantage is that the unit’s multi-stage filtration can improve indoor air quality by reducing dust, bacteria, allergens and other contaminants.



W.G. Speeks Has The Solution!

After proudly serving the Greater Richmond Area for more than 75 years, W.G. Speeks knows a thing or two about heating and cooling solutions. We can provide valuable insight on the pros and cons associated with each option based on your family’s specific needs.

We would be happy to provide a no-obligation, free consultation. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals can offer the guidance you need to properly heat and cool your sunroom. All work is performed by NATE-certified technicians to ensure that everything is done right every time. Contact us today and let us help with your heating and cooling needs!

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