As the summer months infiltrate, you might start thinking about this year’s home improvements. Is it time for a conservatory? A loft extension? Maybe a splash on a new interior color scheme? Whatever you choose, even the smallest touch-up is likely to be chosen based on a range of priorities.
These will probably include your budget, room size or property, planning restrictions and of course your personal tastes. Here’s another one you should think about: natural light.
If the health and well-being of your home’s occupants – it’s you and your family! is paramount, you would be surprised at the direct impact your choice of doors and windows can have. And it’s because of their ability to bring that airy stuff into your living spaces.
And that’s not all: noise pollution, glare, heat and comfort are all affected by windows and doors, especially if they are more than ten years old. Here’s how carefully selecting these products can have a huge impact on how happy you are in your home.
Natural light is good for you
It is no secret that natural light benefits our mental health and well-being, with sixty-three percent of homeowners rating it as the most important aspect of a home. During the summer months when days are longer and evenings are lighter, increased exposure to natural light can reduce symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder.
During these prolonged periods of natural light, it only takes 30 minutes a day for the body to release serotonin, also called “happy hormone”. In addition, vitamin D, more easily obtained by natural light, has been recognized for its positive effects on chronic pain and depression.
Therefore, it is important to take advantage of natural light sources when looking for ways to improve the interior design of your home. To enjoy the benefits of natural light in your home, you can incorporate large windows that face the sun during daylight hours or roof windows that allow natural light to flood your living spaces.
Streamline your morning routine
Early morning departures are never easy, but allowing the sun to wake you up in the morning is one of the least disruptive ways to start a new day. Having windows in the room that face the direction the sun rises can help regulate the body’s internal clock and ensure you wake up happy.
Although this is not always possible when the darkest winter months approach, spending just one hour in natural sunlight can improve sleep quality and make your morning routine a little easier.
Benefit from energy costs and savings
Did you know that the highest energy expenditure in the home artificially creates ideal living conditions, including heat and lighting levels? While advances in technology, such as light bulbs that replicate the benefits of natural light, help them still use a lot of energy. By installing windows that allow natural light to enter a room, you can both reduce energy costs and provide benefits to you and your family.
However, it is important to remember that up to 24% of the heat in a home can be lost due to inefficient windows. According to our latest survey, 62% of homeowners don’t know. Replacing old windows with modern, energy-efficient glazing has the potential to reduce heating bills by significantly reducing this heat loss. The survey also found that the average household could save up to 215 pounds per year by replacing old inefficient windows. To find out how much you could save by improving your windows, use the GGF Energy Savings Calculator.
It is important to ensure that you are aware of the benefits of natural light and quality glazing at home. Remember that a one-time investment in new windows and doors could not only reduce your energy production and bills, but also your personal well-being.