Sunroom vs. Screened in Porch

Recently, I decided to add an addition to my house.

It was a big decision to make as well as a costly one.

I not only wanted to open up the main floor plan, but I also wanted to add an extra room. I’d always dreamed of having a sunroom or a screened in porch where I could relax and entertain, so this was the perfect opportunity to build one from scratch. I knew that I couldn’t afford both, so I had a tough decision to make. A screened in porch would allow me to feel like I was outside while keeping the bugs away. A sunroom would feel more enclosed and indoors, but it would be more utilized. I ended up deciding on a sunroom because I wanted to enjoy the space all year round. Keeping this in mind, I decided to install a ductless mini split system for extra heat and air. A ductless mini split was a great way to add heat and air without connecting to the existing ductwork. It was easy to use and it ran efficiently. The sunroom wasn’t a large room, so the ductless mini split system would have no problem keeping up with the temperature demands. I wouldn’t have this same comfort with a screened in porch because there was no insulation. The only option for air would be a ceiling fan, and even that wouldn’t provide the most comfort. I’m glad I went with the sunroom over the screened porch, because I’m able to comfortably use it all year long.

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