View Verses Heat Gain in Sunroom

Sunroom with glass roof and glass walls

All glass sunroom

By definition a sunroom is a room with mostly glass walls and some times with glass roof. How can we determine how much of glass in the walls and should you consider a glass roof? The answer depends on some factors that need to be examining carefully.
Geographical Location and climate conditions. Most sunrooms in the North and Northeast have glass roof and almost 100% of glass walls. In such a cold climate the sunroom will allow a solar heat gain. However, in the South and southwest we try to reduce the heat gain by reducing the glass area and by providing some shading.
View consideration: In hot climates, glass walls or glass roof are used only to take advantage of the view. No reason to install glass and increase heat gain, in areas with no special view. In cold climates you want to have glass for heat gain even if view is not important. Just remember, more glass will result in more heat gain and less glass will result in less heat gain.
Heating and Cooling: We install many sunrooms in the Phoenix Valley, known as the “Valley of the Sun” where view is the number one consideration for having a sunroom. Properly designed with proper orientation and shading can have a sunroom that is comfortable livable even in the hot Arizona summers with temperatures above 100. It is important to size up the heating and cooling system correctly by paying attention to the heat loss and gain calculations. In wall cooling unit is effective in small patio enclosures and sunrooms. However, heat pump or Mini-Split unit should be used in large patio enclosures and in most sunrooms that have a lot of glass.

The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air-handling units (for four zones or rooms) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone (which in turn is affected by how well the building is insulated and air sealed). Each of the zones has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition occupied spaces. This will save energy and money.

Aluminum roof will protect the sunroom from excessive heat and maintain the niew

Sunroom with an insulated aluminum roof

Conclusion: talk to experienced patio enclosures and sunrooms professional or send me e-mail [email protected] with your questions.

AZ Enclosures and Sunrooms, LLC, is committed to listen to your dreams and needs for all your home improvement projects. We will create a product that will fit your specific needs, lifestyles and budget. We specialize in four season patio enclosures, sunrooms, patio roofs, windows, doors, kitchen and bath renovations, pool enclosures and room additions. You always will be consulted and appraised as to the schedule and construction process during the renovation work. AZ Enclosures, patio additions, patio roof covers, sunrooms Arizona, pool enclosures. Let us help you transfer your home into the showplace you have always dreamed it would be. We work in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, Gilbert, Chandler, Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria, Goodyear, Buckeye, Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, Fountain Hills, Litchfield Park, Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, City of Maricopa and Avondale.

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