These rooms are usually built on an uninsulated concrete slab for the floor, they have lots of windows, and don’t have heat or air conditioning. However, retrofitting the room with radiant heat can turn it into year-round living space. And with more and more homeowners showing interest in extending their home’s living space outdoors, the ability to make a Porch usable all year long is an exciting option.
Heating an uninsulated Porch is no easy task. Most people can understand why a concrete slab, a bunch of windows and no insulation would result in a very cold room during the winter months. It’s always going to be the coldest room in the house even though sunny days may help warm the room up a little.
First, you’ll need to insulate the room, walls and ceiling. This will allow any heat you release in the room to actually stay inside the room.
Types of heating options:
One of the easiest Porch heating options is an electric radiant panel. If you live in a part of the country with mild winters, a radiant panel may be all you need. It mounts to the wall like a picture and either plugs into an outlet or can be hardwired to the home’s circuit. Radiant panels are used just like space heaters and are sized for the specific room and insulation conditions. A radiant panel is the least invasive 3-season Porch heater option.
Radiant floor heating may be a more suitable option if you want to ensure that the entire Porch is evenly heated no matter how harsh the weather is outside. With electric floor heating being easy to install and connect to the existing electric work, it’s great for remodels. You will need to replace the flooring in order to install the floor-heating system underneath, but it would be best to insulate the slab which will require removing the flooring anyway. It’s important to install a layer of insulating underlayment to prevent heat from escaping through the concrete. electric floor-heating systems ensure that the room is evenly heated since the system blankets the entire floor.
Radiant floor heating systems are compatible with nearly every floor type. Carpet, laminate, tile and stone are some of the most popular flooring types for sunrooms. If you’re adding a new room electric floor heating can be installed in a freshly poured concrete slab. This slab should be insulated underneath and can either be polished or stamped, or flooring can be installed on top of the heated slab.
Electric radiant floor heat can be installed in any room of the House. Radiant floor heat provides a comfortable temperature throughout the room without radiators that may be in the way for furniture placement.