There’s a reason why everyone loves being outside on sunny days. The sun’s natural light has amazing health benefits for humans, from adding necessary vitamin D to our diets to even boosting mood. It’s great to spend time outside, but sometimes our busy schedules prevent it. Why not bring that natural light inside your home? From installing replacement windows in your Elk Grove, CA home to changing window coverings and more, here are some tips for boosting your house’s natural light:
- Change the Window Coverings – Even if you have brand new, big windows with clear glass, your window treatments might still be blocking the sunshine. Heavy drapes block parts of your windows, dramatically reducing the natural light that gets in. If you want the privacy of heavy drapes, but don’t want to miss out on the light, try installing shutters you can close at night, or install shutters only on the bottom half of your window. You could also install sheers to let the light in but block outside view.
- Install Replacement Windows – Older styles of windows usually have bulky, too big frames that can block out the sun. Also, old window glass can dramatically lower the amount of natural light that gets into your home. One great way to boost your home’s natural light is to install replacement windows. Choose models with slim frames and clear glass to bring in more natural light. You can even make your windows bigger with a window replacement.
- Add Mirrors – Mirrors reflect light, so if you add more mirrors around your home, the sunlight coming in from your windows will be reflected and magnified, making your home look brighter and feel more comfortable. Place a big mirror over your couch to brighten up your living room or install mirrors down a hallway to make the space feel bigger, brighter and more welcoming.
Natural light is great, but, like anything else, too much is a bad thing. Too much natural light can heat up your home and cause your air conditioner to work overtime, raising your energy bills. This problem is easy to fix. You just need to install low-E glass. Low-E glass has a special coating that blocks UV rays, and therefore extra heat, from entering your home. Low-E glass can also help protect your rugs and furniture from fading in the sun. Get more natural light with replacement windows without higher energy bills by installing them with low-E glass.
The Window and Door Shop, Inc. is here to help if you want to learn more about replacement windows, low-E glass and natural light. We have years of experience in the Elk Grove, CA replacement window business, and can use that expertise to help you make the most of your home’s natural light, energy efficiency and beauty with new windows. You can visit us in person by stopping by our showroom or give us a call for more information on what we can do for you and your home.