If you have a screened porch or a sunroom, you’re most likely looking for a way to enjoy it during the cold winter months without sacrificing heat and excess energy consumption. Winterizing your screened porch will allow you to be able to enjoy your home’s addition all year round with up front investments that will save you money in the long run.
You should make sure your sunroom or screened porch is properly insulated. This will not only help keep the cold air out in the winter, but it will also help keep your sunroom, or Florida room, cool in the summer. Another upgrade you can perform on your Florida room is installing double paned, energy efficient windows. These windows will save you money on your heating bills and can be custom ordered to fit any room size and shape. Double paned windows provide an extra layer of protection against the elements with an invisible insulated barrier between the panes of glass, helping to keep the temperature constant inside your Florida room.
If you have a screened in porch, there are ways to winterize it without installing windows. You can install heavy-duty plastic sheets to block cold air from getting in. This is method is effective, but not the most appealing. For an investment, you can have customized shutters installed that can be closed in the winter months. These shutters are more aesthetically pleasing and will not be noisy when the cold wind blows, giving you a more peaceful, relaxing spot to curl up and read a book. These shutters can be removable during the summer months, or stay up all year long to provide the option of privacy for your screened porch.
Your sunroom, when properly insulated, should be able to hold heat fairly well during the day. In the winter months, sunshine can help regulate the temperature in the room to keep it comfortable. At night, however, the sunroom will become cold without some sort of heating system. If your home’s HVAC system is not heating your addition, you may consider purchasing a space heater or portable heating system. A small gas stove or wood-burning fireplace is a great option for those who spend long periods of time in their Florida room. And a fireplace or stove can be a decorative item that adds to the appeal of your sunroom and to the overall value of your home.
Finally, you should check the exterior doors to your sunroom or porch to ensure they are properly winterized. Installing weather stripping will help insulate the screened porch from winter’s chill. Also check the doorway from the house to porch. This door should also be winterized to keep heat from escaping and costing you excess money in energy bills.
With these winterizing solutions, you will be able to enjoy your screened in porch or Florida room all year round. You can enjoy the beauty of nature in your backyard while staying warm and cozy with a properly insulated and winterized sunroom.