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What are some pros and cons of underground concrete homes?

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One of the most cited advantages of concrete underground homes is energy conservation. Underground homes cost less to cool in the summer and heat in the winter. However, the lack of windows and sunlight in these homes may be bothersome to some people.

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Underground homes are about 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, which saves a considerable amount of money on heating and cooling bills. This contributes to increased comfort and lower fuel bills. Their underground location also makes them quieter than above-ground homes and adds additional protection from both natural disasters and intruders.

On the other hand, these homes tend to have less sunlight than their above-ground counterparts. They are also more prone to mold due to underground moisture and relatively high humidity inside the home. They are prone to flooding, depending on their location and design.

The underground location also makes repairs more difficult because parts needing repair are harder to reach. Inhabitants of underground homes may also feel tremors that people in above-ground homes wouldn't feel. A well-constructed, well-designed underground home can make a pleasant, cost-efficient living space. However, to avoid potential pitfalls, it is prudent to carefully consider the location, materials, and design before building such a home.

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