Natural Light is Healthy

When building or decorating your home, natural light is an important feature. The amount of daylight changes according to the season and when winter comes and we feel sluggish, it is because of the shorter days and the fact that our home lacks lighting.

Natural Light in Your Living Environment

Observe the variations of the amount of sunlight coming into your home across many times of the day.

Most window decisions get finished when a home is planned and situated on the land. Green builders will place the window where
natural light is maximized during winter and minimized during summer. Windows can be relocated where natural light will be most utilized, so here are your options:

• Swap existing windows with larger ones like transom windows.

• Add a patio door instead of windows.

• Choose glass doors instead or add glass sidelights and/or transom.

• Let in more natural light during fall and spring by adding a storm door to any exterior door.

• Add skylights or sun tunnels to rooms where the ceiling is directly under the roof or an unfinished attic.

• Share sunlight from one room with an adjoining room by replacing solid interior doors with glass doors.

Architects and other home designers prioritize the balancing of more natural light and the reasonable heating and cooling costs. Larger windows in a home mean energy efficiency, enhancing our homes with lots of natural lighting. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) includes natural light as a key element of healthy housing, along with artificial lighting, a comfortable environment, adequate space and protection from excessive noise.

Bringing More Natural Light in Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Natural light is also important in our bedrooms and bathrooms although we don't spend as much time in there when we are awake. It's harder to wake up in a room that is dark in the morning and larger windows will provide better ventilation for a good night's sleep. When you choose or pick clothes from your rack or when you put make up on, you also need natural light.

Natural Light Challenges in Home Offices

With roughly 28 million Americans working from home, at least part-time, more formal home offices are becoming popular. In the past, home offices has often been the dining room table, a nook in the family room or a spare bedroom. Lighting work space in a home office, or even children's desks where they do schoolwork, is more challenging than other home based activities because of the close work you're doing and potential eye strain. Windows will provide natural light which helps create the overall environment or mood of the room.

Tina Gleisner, founder of the Association of Women Home Owners connects homeowners with concepts, terminology and advice to build homes that support today's lifestyles. Through the library and directory at www.HomeTips4Women.com, you can LEARN more about how to maintain and repair your home and more.



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