Sunrooms and Additions

Adding sunrooms to homes is one of the wisest decisions homeowners can make. I cant begin to mention how many folks I talk to on a daily basis, that want sunrooms or residential sunspaces where they can grow their herbs, their tomatoes, a place to relax, entertain, enjoy the outdoors while being indoors, even the smallest place, would be sufficient for most families. Someplace where the elements of nature wont destroy your harvest, or where our lovable friends of nature like deer and other pesky critters can help themselves to daily treats from your garden and many times with out permission.!

Many of these inconveniences can be tolerated but it sure is frustrating especially after doing all that hard work so that you can enjoy a decent harvest.

That has been the story on our homestead.. never fails!, fences don’t work because deer can jump.. and if you happen to live in open range territory like we do. We then have to deal with cows that don’t belong to us. I never realized this but cows love green leafy veggies almost as much as we do.

At any rate, here are a few solar additions, sunrooms and solar structures that we have constructed for many of our local residents throughout time.. perhaps they may give you ideas, need help with plans or designs… contact Ralph

 

Sunrooms and Sun spaces

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Solar collectors, sunrooms and sunspaces of this type are beneficial to your homes heating capability. Turning solar heat into comfortable and usable heat source just makes good sense. Its no wonder more families today are looking into creating a solar collecting sunroom for their home… the beauty here lies in the fact that no matter what all these energy tycoons can dream up to charge us more money year after year the suns energy will always be free. There will always be an initial outlay of investment. Sunrooms and sunspaces will always be a rewarding investment .

Primarily, these 3 following reasons…

  • The return on investment on sunrooms is very stable and will increase over time
    very popular among individuals who are looking for homes that have these types of amenities
  • finally the use of solar energy brings tax credits that will affect the bottom line. Not to mention the very many uses you’ll enjoy year after year…
  • Sunrooms and homes just go hand in hand in today’s world of energy consciousness! ….wouldn’t you say?

 

Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are renewable (naturally replenished). In 2006, about 8% of global final energy consumption came from re-new-able energy sources, with 13% coming from traditional biomass, which is mainly used for heating, and 3% from hydroelectricity. New re-newables (small hydro, modern biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, and bio-fuels) accounted for another 2.4% and are growing very rapidly.

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Passive solar technologies are a means of using sunlight for useful energy without use of active mechanical systems (as contrasted to active solar). Such technologies convert sunlight into usable heat (water, air, thermal mass), cause air-movement for ventilating, or future use, with little use of other energy sources. A common example are sunrooms built on the south side of a building. Passive cooling is the use of the same design principles to reduce summer cooling requirements.

Custom Sunrooms and Sun spaces

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If constructed with a good understanding of the thermodynamics involved, sunrooms can offer a range of benefits. It can be a very comfortable and desirable seasonal living space, while making a substantial contribution to the heating of a building and also supplying pre-heated air for internal ventilation. Moreover, it can create a buffer zone between living space and outdoor space that can be utilized for plant growth, while providing shading for the house in the summer time, and providing cooling through controlled ventilation…more can be learned about the benefits of a solar structure from this site. sunrooms solar-house

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Another name you may not be familiar with and it is a widely used building concept among many homes through out many countries..is a trombe wall …. still another solar structure.

A Trombe wall is a sun-facing wall patented in 1881 by its inventor, Edward Morse, and popularized in 1964 by French engineer Felix Trombe and architect Jacques Michel. It is a massive wall separated from the outdoors by glazing and an air space, which absorbs solar energy and releases it selectively towards the interior at night. Glass sunrooms have similar characteristics.

Even single pane glass worked for this process because glass is transparent to visible light but less so to infra-red radiation (heat). Modern variations include insulating glass to retain more of the stored solar heat and high and low, sometimes operable, vents to allow convective heat transfer to the indoors.

Modern Trombe walls have vents added to the top and bottom of the air gap between the glazing and the thermal mass. Heated air flows via convection into the building interior. The vents have one-way flaps which prevent convection at night, thereby making heat flow strongly directional. This kind of design is an indirect passive thermal collector. By moving the heat away from the collection surface, it greatly reduces thermal losses at night and improves net heat gain. Generally the vents to the interior are closed in summer months when heat gain is not wanted.

Most sunrooms and designs are generally built with a doorway to seal off the sunroom structure from the rest of the house, however, you may find yourself keeping the doors open even in the winter time as heat collects and disperses into the rest of the home. This is all the more reason why all sunrooms should have operable ridge vents allowing for natural convection for heat to rise up and out of the sunroom especially during the summer months.

Sunrooms and conservatory solar collectors

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Attached solar sunrooms

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Attached custom greenhouses and sunrooms

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Colorado Sunrooms and greenhouses have become very popular. For many who see the value of having a sunroom attached to their home or even building a separate solar greenhouse in their yard, the benefits are endless and the return on value is nothing short of being a worthwhile investment.


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