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The Pros and Cons of Sunrooms

There are times when you would like to enjoy the beauty of the outside without actually stepping outside. Sunrooms are what you exactly need in this case.  Made out of large glass walls on most or all the four walls and the ceiling, sunrooms are a beauty in its own right. A popular home addition, since 1960s, sunrooms can be either a bright blessing or a clear-sided curse (perhaps even both depending on weather and maintenance). But today, sunrooms are a popular choice among many in Australia. While some prefer having a sunroom to add to the aesthetics of the house, others would like to natural rays to penetrate through the ceiling and give a surreal glow to the interiors.

Let us quickly delve into both the pros and cons of having a sunroom, so you can make an informed decision.

The benefits of opting for sunrooms are –

  • Better view – A sunroom positioned near a beautiful garden is all you need for visual treat to the eyes!
  • Savings on electricity bills – Daytime illumination can be effectively handled by sunroom, thus reducing the need for electrical lighting systems and subsequent savings in energy bills.
  • Zero operational cost – Unlike a light bulb, the sun never fuses away (except after a few million years)
  • Good for your plants – Sunrooms are an optimal greenhouse for plants.

As with all good things, there are a few downsides to sunrooms as well –

  • Privacy – Making a room out of transparent glass is prone to have its privacy issues, especially when residences are placed close to each other.
  • Security – Having a transparent room is bound to attract a determined burglar.
  • Cost – From the financial standpoint, building a sunroom is more expensive than a traditional concrete one.
  • Night times – While the sunroom may keep the heat trapped inside during the day, it is inefficient during the night as it loses its warmth easily when the temperatures drop.