A simple way to extend the living room space is by adding a verandah. By using verandah blinds, it is easy to regulate the temperature in this space. There are many advantages of a verandah in a house. It helps to protect you from harsh weather during windy, rainy, or sunny seasons. One also can design it stylishly and beautifully to add to the curb appeal of the home.
Seasons change throughout the year. But with a few construction and insulation techniques, one can make a verandah comfortable throughout the year.
Tips on how to keep the verandah warm during winter
The two things you must invest in to keep the verandah warm during winter is insulation and air conditioning. Heating the verandah space will help to increase the temperature in your verandah. During winter, you will enjoy spending more time outdoors with friends and relatives if the verandah is warm. Insulation will help to retain heat in the outdoor space. That way, you can cut down on the air conditioning costs. Below are simple ways to insulate your verandah to prevent heat loss.
- Weather-stripping window frames
There is a lot of heat lost through the window frames. By installing weather stripping all around the window frames, you will prevent heat loss. That way, the verandah will remain warm and so, there will be no need for constant heating of the outdoor space.
- Insulated verandah blinds
Investing in insulated blinds helps to absorb heat when it’s sunny outside. It is good to close the windows earlier before it gets cold. The heat absorbed in the blinds during the day will help to keep the verandah warm at night.
- Air conditioning installation
It is good to install an air conditioner in the verandah area. Installing it on the ceiling ensures a balanced circulation of the heat in the room. That way, you can maintain a warm temperature in the verandah for a more comfortable outdoor space. It therefore becomes a good place to spend time with family and friends.
- Add insulation on window surfaces
For a room to be more energy-efficient, one should add insulation on the windows. That will apply to single-pane windows. By doing so, heat will be retained in the house and your heating process will consume less energy. One should consider adding plastic insulation on the window panes as they are poor conductors of heat.
- Tinting verandah windows
Tinting also helps to prevent heat loss. Though tinting diminishes your view from the inside, it helps in retaining solar energy. That way, the verandah will remain warm for a long time. During winter, you do not have to spend most of the time indoors. The above few tips can help you heat the verandah so that you can also spend some time there. You may invest in a portable electric or baseboard heater to make it easier to heat outdoor spaces.
How to keep the verandah cool during summer
Most people love the summer season because they spend more time outside. But it can become unbearably hot such that stepping out in the verandah also becomes a challenge. Through simple measures, you can make the verandah a little bit more comfortable through temperature regulation and other simple tips discussed below:
- Increase airflow
A verandah should have proper ventilation. That way, during summer, there is regular airflow that helps to cool the living space. One may invest in ventilation fans to help expel hot air from the verandah. Fans placed near the floor helps to blow the air upwards to the vents to ensure the hot air flows out. Investing in fans is also a good idea because it helps in air circulation to maintain cooler temperatures in the verandah.
- Install blinds
Window blinds are versatile and give you options depending on the function you want to perform. You may invest in blinds that help to prevent heating during summer. Another way to control the heat will be on how you open or tilt the blinds. That way, deflection of solar radiation to different directions is possible. Consequently, the verandah will feel less heated and comfortable.
- Invest in blocking solar heat through insulation
Tinting the windows from the outside helps to block light and heat. You may also insulate the windows to help block heat absorption in the verandah. When constructing the house, one should consider such options because it can be expensive to remodel the house later.
If you consider sun exposure throughout the year to your verandah, it can help you install the features that help in temperature regulation. There are three main types of verandahs:
- Year-round verandah
- Three-season patio
Depending on the type of verandah you want, simple changes can help you regulate the temperature. One should also consider the climatic conditions during construction. Knowing the direction of the sun, and the landscape of your home can help you design a verandah that is functional all year round.