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Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Sunroom

Sunrooms make a wonderful addition to any Montgomery County home. You can safely store your plants, sit without worrying about bugs, and enjoy the view of your natural surroundings. Unfortunately, the large windows and openness of your sunroom can leave it more susceptible to outdoor temperatures than the rest of your home. Sunrooms tend to get very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. With this in mind, you are likely looking for some solutions. Well, Worcester HVAC is here to help! Below you will find some great solutions for your sunroom.

Modify Vents

If your Worcester home already used a forced air system with ducts, one option you may want to consider is modifying your vents. With this option, you can use your current HVAC system to warm or cool your sunroom. There are just a couple aspects you should check before deciding to use this option.

First, you should find out if your HVAC system is large enough to handle heating the additional room. You can do so by scheduling a consultation with a professional HVAC contractor like Worcester HVAC. Then you should analyze vent modification against the other options below to find out which is the most efficient, cost-effective, and fitting solution for your Worcester home.

Ductless (or Mini-Split) Systems

If your home doesn’t use a forced air system with ducts, a ductless or mini-split system may be the first solution to consider. Ductless systems are one of the most popular HVAC solutions for customers who need to warm or cool a small area or room.

These systems are fairly easy to install and don’t require the additional work of modifying air ducts. They are efficient and cost-effective for warming and cooling small areas or rooms. However, they are expensive to warm and cool your entire home with. If you think a ductless system may be the best solution for your sunroom, talk to a Worcester HVAC technician today.

Insulating Windows

Another way to help keep your sunroom a bit cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter is to insulate your windows. Make sure they are locked and properly sealed. If you are planning on installing new windows soon, it is worth it to invest in energy efficient windows. You might be surprised at just how much the few degrees it saves can lower your utility bills.

You can also help insulate your windows by purchasing blinds or curtains. This will help block the sun in the summer and some of the colder air in the winter.

Space Heater

If you are just looking to heat your sunroom a bit in the winter, a space heater is another viable option. Space heaters are one of the simplest and cost-effective solutions for heating. However, they may not make your room as comfortable as the other solutions above. They can take a little while to fully heat your room and even then may leave the room a bit drafty. To decide if a space heater is the right solution for your sunroom, consider what you want to use the room for and if a space heater can provide the amount of heat you need.

Window A/C Unit

Yet another solution to cool your sunroom is a window air conditioning unit. These are cheaper than most of the other options and very easy to install. However, they can’t cool as much area as a forced air or mini-split system. They also block the window and your view. You also need the right kind of windows and walls to support one.

Need Some Help? Call Worcester HVAC!

If you still need help figuring out what solution is right for your sunroom, talk to a professional at Worcester HVAC. We install residential heating and cooling systems throughout Montgomery County. If you need our expert assistance, either fill out our contact form, or call 610-287-HEAT. Our goal is to help you find the best heating and cooling solutions for your home so your family can live comfortably.