Finding ways to increase outdoor living space can not only add square footage to your home, it can allow you to take advantage of the benefits associated with natural sunlight. The addition of a sunroom to your property can be a simple and effective way to ensure you are able to enjoy your outdoor living space, regardless of the weather.
Here are three tips that you can use to ensure you are able to successfully add a sunroom to your property in the future.
1. Ask about heat loss.
Since your new sunroom will be added to the exterior wall of your home, you could find that disturbing the building envelope of your home could lead to heat loss. If you want to be sure that your new sunroom won't alter indoor temperatures, then you need to use materials that can help combat any heat loss created during your renovation.
Your contractor will be able to use a computer model to help estimate heat loss, and you can select building materials that will counteract this heat loss to help keep your home comfortable after the addition of a sunroom.
2. Heat or cool your sunroom independently.
Since sunrooms typically have a lot of windows, the amount of sunlight streaming into your new addition could vary greatly from the amount of sunlight coming into the rest of your home. Natural sunlight can heat up your sunroom, causing the temperature in this room to be a lot higher than in the rest of your home.
To ensure that your sunroom remains a comfortable temperature without breaking the bank, it can be beneficial to heat or cool this room independent of the rest of your home. This can be accomplished by installing a separate HVAC system to service your new sunroom.
3. Take convenience into consideration.
If you are planning to spend a significant amount of time in your new sunroom, then you will want to make the room's features as convenient to use as possible. As you remodel your home to add a sunroom, be sure that you are incorporate automated features into the room's design.
Shades that open and close automatically will help you control sunlight with ease, while windows that open and close with the touch of a button will allow you to easily take advantage of fresh air.
The success of your sunroom addition depends on how closely you pay attention to the finer details of the remodel. Be sure that you consult with your contractor regarding potential heat loss, that you install a separate HVAC system to control the temperature in your sunroom, and that you automate the room's features whenever possible to add to the convenience of your new sunroom.