Sunrooms provide a great escape from the confines of the interior of the home without being exposed directly to the elements of weather. If you've recently built a sunroom addition to your home or purchased a home with a sunroom already built in, you may be wondering how useful the sunroom will be in the cooler months of the year.
If you enjoy spending quite a bit of your leisure time in your sunroom, you may be curious as to what would need to be done to heat the room so that you can also enjoy it during the cooler winter months. Here are some options based on whether or not there is ductwork installed and available.
Ductwork? Expand Your Current HVAC System
If you already have ductwork that can easily be tied into the sunroom, consider expanding your current heating and air conditioning system to include the sunroom. Unless your sunroom is fairly large, you won't need to upgrade your HVAC system. However, the temperature inside the sunroom may not be as steady as the rest of the home due to the sunlight and any air leaks there may be from the windows. Alternatively, you could ask an HVAC contractor to upgrade your current system to include zoning and then have a thermostat installed for the sunroom and other areas in the home, if that is your preference.
No Ductwork? Install a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
A ductless mini-split heat pump system is basically a one-room heating and air conditioning unit in one unit. Heat pumps work by pulling cool air into the unit to heat when temperatures are low and then forcing the heated air into the sunroom. The unit can be set in reverse for the hotter days, with the unit pulling the heat from the home, cooling it, and then forcing the cooled air into the sunroom.
With this type of heating and cooling system, you won't need to worry about having to install ductwork to and in the sunroom. A ductless mini-split heating and cooling system may be the best option when it comes to heating and cooling the sunroom due to the thermostat setting being solely for the sunroom. Since the sunroom by definition gets a lot of sun, the heating and cooling system for the sunroom will likely kick on and off more frequently than the rest of the house would need to.
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