Solar screens, the best way to manage sunroom temperatures year-round.
There are many competing claims by sunroom manufacturers about glass. Some claim to have the “best” glass in the industry, others claim that their glass blocks out most of the sun’s heat in summer; others say theirs allows most of the sun’s warmth through in the winter. Like so many things in life, you can’t have it all. Magic glass is a myth. Designing glazing systems is a science that requires a clear understanding of what it will be used for, what qualities are most important and where compromises can be made. Glass, if not modified, allows most of the visible light spectrum to pass through and has virtually no insulating value. What this means is any light that passes through the glass will strike another surface (inside your house or sunroom) and either be reflected or absorbed. The light that is absorbed is converted into heat energy (remember the conservation of energy law from high school physics class?). This heat in the winter is desirable and in the summer can make the room uncomfortably hot. (more…)