Energy-Efficient Sunrooms and Patio Enclosures
Traditionally, sunrooms and
enclosed patios are built to maximize their exposure to sunlight, which warms
the space. However, despite their sunny exposure, these rooms are vulnerable to
heat loss in the wintertime because they cannot usually be well insulated.
Still, energy efficiency can be greatly increased by installing certain types
of windows—for example, double-pane windows are dramatically more energy
efficient than single-pane windows. In terms of energy-efficient flooring
options, brick is good at absorbing and retaining warmth from the sun and can
help heat the room during cooler months. Other popular flooring options for
sunrooms and enclosed patios, such as tile, can be installed with underfloor
radiant heating systems in order to keep the room cozy when it’s cold outside.
By selecting your windows and flooring materials judiciously, you’ll get more
use out of your new addition throughout the entire year.