Have you ever been complimented on how dark your home is? Probably not.
Homes are meant to feel bright and inviting, and a lack of light simply makes a home feel unwelcoming and often depressing. It’s important to fill your home with lots of lighting. When we talk about lighting in a home, there are two ways to achieve this: natural lighting and artificial lighting. Natural lighting is the softer, more beautiful of the two, and it comes with many benefits. Our Lakeside Renovation and Design interior remodeling contractor team’s best recommendation for brightening your home is through new windows!
Windows are the only way to achieve natural light in the home. And if you’re still on the fence about them, here are a few benefits to replacing your windows and ways to achieve a home filled with natural light.
Benefits of Brightening a Home with New Windows
Adding new windows or replacing your old windows equates to many benefits for your home and health.
Bringing the Outdoors In
The outside world is filled with vibrancy and life. Filling your home with new windows allows that brightness into your space. With large open windows, you can experience the outdoors in all seasons and without unwanted bugs and pests.
Increasing Home Value
Dark homes are outdated. And outdated homes are simply not worth as much as a modern, updated home. Installing new windows that fill a home with natural light will help increase the overall value of your home. They make a space look bigger and more inviting, and knowing the windows are new increases your home’s worth in buyers’ eyes.
Lighting plays a significant role in both people’s physical and mental health. The more natural light in your space, the greater the mood and healthier the person.
Natural light is full of vitamin D, which is essential for bone and heart health. And many people often lack sufficient vitamin D. Allowing it to flood your home provides you with this essential vitamin.
The warmth of natural light also brightens a person’s mood. It can even help you fight off depression or seasonal affective disorder, which can appear during the darker fall and winter months.
Turning on your artificial lights means running energy. In fact, artificial lighting accounts for nearly 15% of all electricity in U.S. buildings. It therefore stands to reason that anything that prevents your need for artificial lighting will save you money. Natural light is not only a more calming type of lighting in your home, but opening your curtains reduces your need to flip on that light switch, saving you on electricity bills throughout the day.
Allowing light in can heat a space as well. During the winter months, a well-insulated window will allow heat into the home and trap it inside. Not to mention, new energy-efficient windows are less likely to have drafty regions surrounding them, providing extra savings in your home.
If you desire a more productive lifestyle, then natural light can help you achieve it. Happier people are more productive, so if natural light increases your mood it will also increase your productivity. But even more, natural light helps maintain the proper flow of people’s circadian rhythms, which helps sleep patterns.
Window Choices that Brighten a Home
Not all windows will be the right choice for your home. Carefully consider the style of a window with your home and the amount of natural light it will allow through its panes. Here are some of our top choices for windows that brighten a home.
Bay windows are a great architectural feature. They are also a great window option to brighten a home. As there are multiple windows that protrude from the home, more light is able to make its way into your space. And unlike flat windows, bay windows can allow sunlight in as it moves to different positions throughout the day.
Picture windows are another great light affording option. Just like a picture, they consist of a square frame with a large pane of solid glass in the center. Without excessive framing within the paned area, a home retains more natural light.
As the most common window type, it’s great that double-hung windows also allow lots of natural light through their panes. While they do have a sash running through the center of the window, they have minimal obstruction in the pane. And because they easily open and close, they are great for allowing fresh air into your home along with natural light.
For rooms that need additional lighting or do not have the option for wall windows, a skylight affords homeowners the option of natural light.
Remember that a skylight will be recessed into your roof and not your walls, so finding a company that specializes in both windows and roofing, like Lakeside Renovation and Design, can be a major benefit.
While this may not be a style of window, it is worth noting that fiberglass windows are great for natural light. Fiberglass is an extremely durable and resilient material. The material’s strength allows for less frame and more glass pane. With less material obstructing your views and more glass space, your home will receive even more light.
Brighten Your Home With a Professional Window Replacement
It’s time to get complimented for the beauty of our home. The right replacement window contractor can help make that a reality by installing beautiful, new windows that let natural light cascade into your home and fill it with warmth and beauty.
At Lakeside Renovation and Design, our team of replacement window contractors is trained and qualified to not just seamlessly install your new windows but to make the process easy and worth your investment. We maintain open communication through the installation process and seek to exceed your expectations. And we only install top of the line windows, such as Infinity windows.
Contact us for a free quote to see how our team of replacement window contractors can help increase your home value and lifestyle with natural light enhancing windows.