The amount of daylight entering your home should be an important consideration when planning a window replacement project. Studies show that ample natural light not only helps improve mood and atmosphere, it also helps boost mental functions and can even help you sleep better at night.
In this post, we’ll discuss how effective daylighting benefits your home.
Reduces Electricity Costs
Daylighting can reduce your home’s energy costs associated with the use electric lights. Consider that around 20% of your home’s energy use is from artificial lighting alone. With an effective daylighting plan for your window replacement project, you can eliminate up to a third of your building’s overall energy costs.
Daylighting and Visual Space
It’s a little-known fact that daylight is a powerful tool in interior design as it can help make your rooms appear bigger than they really are. This is due to contrast between light and dark areas in your room. The more natural light entering your room, the larger it will appear to be. This not only makes your room feel more spacious, it also reduces feelings of stuffiness, especially in smaller rooms.
What About UV Light?
Daylighting may be beneficial, but it also leaves your room exposed to ultraviolet radiation. This is the harmful spectrum of sunlight you don’t want entering your home because it fades colors and exposes your family to health issues. Many homeowners fit their windows with dual-pane glass, but this isn’t enough to protect you and your furniture from UV light.
That’s why at Renewal by Andersen® of Portland, we fit our windows with High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ Glass. This special glass blocks 95% of harsh UV rays entering your home, preventing the fading of fabric and furnishings in your interior. This glass package is also 70% more energy-efficient in summer and 49% more energy-efficient in winter than ordinary dual-pane glass.
Renewal by Andersen of Portland is your one-stop shop for window replacement. Call us at (503) 419-3960 to learn more about how we can maximize daylighting in your home. We serve residents throughout Vancouver, WA, and Portland, Oregon.