Daylighting refers to an architectural concept where certain styles and placement of windows and entry doors are utilized to bring sunlight in and illuminate the indoors. This results in a bigger, more inviting space while limiting the use of artificial lighting. In addition to lower energy consumption, daylighting is also known to play a crucial role when it comes to health and well-being.
The Health Benefits of Natural Light
Getting a daily dose of sunlight allows your skin to absorb Vitamin D, which is a vital nutrient that helps prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of certain diseases. Whether you get the sun’s rays indoors or outdoors, you are sure to give your body a boost from the “sunshine vitamin” every day.
Also, many studies have shown the correlation between natural light and sleep-wake cycles. Here, getting exposed to sunlight allows you to maintain your circadian rhythm, leading to better sleep that translates to better health both physically and mentally.
Natural light coming through your windows and patio doors also means you are less likely to switch the lights on inside your room. Even though it is deemed safe, exposure to artificial lighting elicits an elevated stress response to certain individuals.
Other Ways to Brighten Up Your Room
Your home’s windows and doors may be enough, but there are other ways you can maximize sunlight to boost your room’s brightness and make it more spacious. Place a mirror strategically inside your room so that it bounces more sunlight, casting more brightness throughout the whole space.
Need to beautify your windows but still want the sun to shine through? Install drapes or curtains made of light fabric—they still help illuminate your interior without sacrificing privacy. Also, paint your walls with a glossy finish for sunlight to further bounce around.
Renewal by Andersen® of Louisville/Lexington for your replacement doors and windows. We can help you choose the best window and door styles suitable for achieving daylighting and its benefits. Call (502) 716-7264 (Louisville) or (859) 629-4649 (Lexington) to get started. You may also fill out our contact form for a virtual consultation.