If you love natural light, but your windows are sparse and old, you may want to consider adding more windows to your home. Maybe you’re tackling an expansion to your kitchen, making an extended breakfast nook and bench seating. Or maybe you’re considering adding a sunroom on your home.
Or maybe it’s just time to replace the old windows you’ve had for decades. Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that new windows bring more natural light into your home. There are several benefits to this, from increased comfort to energy savings.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of increased natural light in your home.
Not many people like living in a dark cave. But if that’s how your home has been feeling lately, it’s time to open things up. More natural light simply makes you feel better, opening up the space so you can enjoy your favorite activities without having to squint.
Ward Off Seasonal Depression
Those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) know the importance of natural light on their mood. You can actually alleviate some symptoms of depression, especially in winter, when you flood your home with natural light. Even if you don’t suffer from clinical depression, studies show that natural light improves mood.
That’s because sunlight stimulates the release of serotonin, aka the happy hormone. You feel more focused and calm, and experience elevations in mood. By the same token, the lack of sunlight can trigger the brain to create melatonin, which makes you feel tired and dreary.
Boost Vitamin D
When exposed to sunlight, your skin absorbs vitamin D, an important nutrient that is responsible for preventing bone loss while reducing the risk of heart disease, weight gain, and some types of cancer.
Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin,” and it doesn’t matter if you get your sunlight from the outdoors or through your windows – a plus in the winter time!
Since sleep and mental health go hand in hand, it’s no wonder that natural light affects both of these. Studies have shown that office workers and those who spend a lot of time at home tend to sleep better at night when they are exposed to large amounts of natural light during the day.
Reduce Health Risks of Fluorescent Lighting
The more time you spend in natural light, the less time you will spend in the presence of unnatural light, mainly fluorescent bulbs. While deemed safe overall, compact fluorescent lamps have been known to contribute to increased stress in some people. When you sit under fluorescent bulbs all day every day, you can also experience more frequent migraines, headaches and eye strain.
Contact Hi-Tech Window and Siding
Are you ready to increase the natural lighting in your home? New windows are the easiest and most effective ways to achieve that. To schedule your consultation, contact us today!