Considerations For Planning A Sunroom If You Live In A Wintry Climate

If you're planning to add a sunroom to your home, you're likely thinking about how much you'll enjoy using it in the spring and summer. However, if you live in an area with harsh winter months, you'll also want to consider whether you'll use it during the winter. Not everyone uses his or her sunroom over the winter. Some homeowners are content with closing the door to this space and not opening it again until spring. For others, it's nice to make use of this square footage, even if the weather outside is miserable. Should you wish to use your sunroom in the winter, here are some considerations.

Pick The Right Side

You might have an idea of which side of the house you want the sunroom to be, but if you plan to use it in the winter, you should give some thought to the sun. During the wintertime, the heat from the sun is especially welcome, and this means that you'll want to put the sunroom on the side of your house that gets the most sunshine at this time of the year. This simple decision will make the sunroom much more enjoyable to sit in, as the sun will flow through the windows and warm the space.

Add A Heat Source

Even with the sun beaming into your sunroom, it might not exactly be cozy over the course of the winter. You aren't likely going to have your furnace ducts running into this space, so you'll need to think about a heat source. While you can use portable space heaters to warm the sunroom, they can get in your way and may be a bit of an eyesore in an otherwise stylish room. A better alternative is to use a wood pellet stove, a gas insert, or even an electric fireplace. Each accessory will warm the sunroom and make it cozy, regardless of the weather outside.

Think About Outside Access

It's common to put a door in your sunroom that will allow you go to and from your yard instead of having to walk throughout the rest of the house to go outside. In the winter, you need to think about the snow building up against this door and preventing you from using it. Even if you don't want to go in and out very often, access is important. For example, if you opt for a wood pellet stove, it's handy to be able to carry your bags of pellets directly into the sunroom. You may wish to have the roof of the sunroom extend over the door a little more than usual to provide enough shelter that you can easily use the door even with an accumulation of snow.

Contact a company like Euro Design Build Sunrooms to see how you can better use your sunroom during the winter months.