Having a sunroom is an excellent way to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the comfort of your own home. If you live in a climate with cold winters, however, you may find that your sunroom is freezing in the winter.
Is heating a sunroom in winter worth it or is it just a waste? Let’s dive in and look at the different factors to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to heat your sunroom in winter.
What Do You Use Your Sunroom For?
There are a lot of different ways that you can use the additional space of a sunroom. Depending on the way you use your sunroom, it might be more or less worth it to heat the space during the winter.
Sunrooms can be used as a sitting room, a place to enjoy the outdoors from inside even in less than ideal weather, for light therapy, as a place for plants, as a studio or home office, or even as a guest bedroom.
If your greenhouse is your sunroom in winter, it may be worthwhile to heat the space for the wellbeing of your plants. Depending on what type of plants you keep, how cold your winter nights get, and how insulated the room is, some additional heating might be necessary.
If your family enjoys using your sunroom daily or if you use it as an office space, it could be worth it to heat it during the winter. If you naturally use your sunroom only occasionally and never in the winter, it might not be worth the expense of heating your sunroom.
What Type of Sunroom Do You Have?
Depending on how insulated your sunroom is, if your sunroom is freezing in the winter it might be more or less affordable to heat it.
If you have a three-season sunroom, it’s still possible to winterize it by replacing inefficient windows, hanging thermal-insulated curtains to close at night, and putting down a nice rug over cold tile or wooden floors.
Insulating your sunroom in winter can allow you to use the space year-round. If the additional space makes your family feel less cooped up in the winter, it can be well worth the expense.
If your sunroom is cold in winter and that’s the only thing keeping you from using it, insulating the room could be a good investment.
If you’re just now considering adding a sunroom to your home, you should consider how you plan to use the space. Choosing the right sunroom for you might mean going with a more insulated option so that you can enjoy your bright, cozy sunroom even on a cold winter evening.
What Climate Do You Live In?
The cost of heating your sunroom in winter in northern Maine is going to be a lot different than heating a sunroom in South Carolina.
If your sunroom is poorly insulated and drafty in a very cold climate, there’s a good chance that heating the space will be expensive and ineffective. On the other hand, a well-insulated sunroom in the same climate could be heated without being outrageously expensive.
A Sunroom in Winter: A Great Way to Avoid Cabin Fever
Having additional space in your home in the winter can really ease the feeling of being cooped up. Heating your sunroom in winter is possible and can give you a dose of the great outdoors even on days with terrible weather. Grab your hot cocoa and snuggle in to watch the snowfall.
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