A screen porch, also known as a sunroom, is an enclosed porch to which an insect screening system is added. Screen porches are common in the USA and can be used outdoors and indoors.
There are numerous benefits to having a screened-in porch.
- First, it’s great for keeping out pests like mosquitoes and other pesky insects that might otherwise come inside your house when you open your door or window.
- The temperature and humidity levels are also much more comfortable for you and your family if the porch is screened in.
- The “screen” part of a screened-in porch is usually made from insect meshes (such as mosquito nets) or an insect-proof screen, which keeps out pesky insects while still letting in some light, which means less sunlight during certain times of the day.
- Other available features with screened porches include ceiling fans and cable outlet boxes, allowing easy access to televisions and video game systems. And even though they are enclosed, they aren’t just used by older couples (as they often are). Many new homes have a screen porch as a standard part of the house.
There is debate about whether screened-in porches are better than open ones. Some believe it’s better to have an open porch because it allows for easier cross ventilation (meaning air circulation) and more natural light.
But most people who have both say that the screened-in porch is much nicer because the air inside is much more comfortable, whether it’s hot or cold outside.
You can open your screen window, but then you’ll have all summer bugs (or whatever season is bugging you) on your hands.
So Which is the Better Option?
You can’t go wrong with either option, but a screened-in porch is probably the better choice if your climate gets extremely hot or you just want to avoid bugs at all costs.
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