If you have a sunroom or you’re considering one for your home, an important consideration is how the space will be heated and cooled. Many people opt for window air conditioners and space heaters, but this can be problematic for many reasons. Not only are window air conditioners unsightly, but they’re also not very energy efficient. Space heaters pose a fire risk and if you have central HVAC, building additional ductwork is difficult and expensive.
Ductless air conditioners offer a great alternative to all of the above. Here’s what to know about putting a ductless mini-split in a sunroom and how New England Ductless can help you improve your home comfort.
What Is a Sunroom & Do You Need One?
A sunroom is an enclosed space in a home that is typically built with multiple windows to enjoy the surrounding views and to let in natural light. A sunroom can be used as a home office, dining room, playroom, or even an extra bedroom. If you love spending time outdoors and enjoy soaking up the sun, but find yourself unable to get out as much as you’d like, then a sunroom may be a great addition to your home.
A well-built sunroom can also increase the resale value of your home, particularly if you outfit it with a ductless heat pump. Depending on the size of the sunroom, the type of windows you choose, and other factors, you can significantly increase your home’s curb appeal and functionality, potentially adding several thousand dollars to your home equity.
Heating & Cooling Your Sunroom
Because a sunroom is mostly windows and has a lot of exposure to the outdoors, insulating the space can be challenging. It’s important to choose high-quality, double-pane windows and have them installed with proper seals to prevent unwanted air exchange. But even with good-quality windows, you may still find it difficult to keep the sunroom warm enough in the winter or cool enough on very hot days during the summer.
Window air conditioners are not very effective in sunrooms because they don’t seal well and let a lot of heat in. They also take up a lot of space and can ruin the look of a beautifully designed interior.
Central systems also tend to be ineffective. By the time the air gets to the sunroom from the condenser or furnace, it’s no longer as warm or cool. Couple that with a room made of mostly glass, and there’s not much the system is going to be able to do to affect the temperature inside the space. If you use space heaters or a wood stove during the winter, you compromise your indoor air quality and increase your risk of a home fire.
The Benefits of Ductless AC For a Sunroom
One of the main benefits of installing a ductless AC system in your sunroom is that you won’t have to install any ductwork. This can save you both time and money, since installing ductwork can be a complicated and expensive process. It also eliminates the potential for air leaks and wasted energy.
A ductless mini-split also provides both heating and cooling by simply moving heat from one space to another. Instead of generating heat during the winter, heat is removed from the outdoors and transferred to your home. In the summer, the process is reversed and heat is removed from inside your home to the outdoors. Heat pumps also help provide humidity control, which is something central HVAC systems are unable to do.
Another great benefit of using a ductless AC system in your sunroom is that you can use a programmable thermostat to precisely control the temperature.
You can set different temperatures for different times of the day or week, or program your thermostat to lower or raise the temperature of your space depending on how you use the room. This allows you to create a space that is comfortable for you at all times, without wasting energy.
Get the Most Out of Your Sunroom With New England Ductless
If you want to get the most out of your sunroom, then consider heating and cooling the space with a mini-split system. You only need one outdoor unit, one indoor unit, and a few refrigerant lines that run between them to get started. Installation by an experienced HVAC contractor like New England Ductless takes just a few hours from start to finish, and you’ll be ready to enjoy exceptional comfort and energy efficiency in no time.
Contact us today to learn about the many benefits of ductless HVAC, from better indoor air quality to lower energy bills and more. Dial (617) 915-2803 now and one of our certified technicians can assist you.