Daylighting refers to the methods used to illuminate living spaces by natural light. If you can sufficiently light up a room without using artificial sources, that’s considered daylighting. This solution can be simple or complex, depending on your home’s construction.
Get tips on how to brighten up your home from a trusted window replacement expert.
Strike a Balance
Comfort should be your priority when it comes to daylighting. More doesn’t always mean better, because too much light can result in glare, hot spots and awkward shadow lines. Good daylighting involves bringing in plenty of diffused light and distributing it throughout your interior. When investing in new windows, the size of the glass isn’t the only thing you need to consider. You should also note your home’s location and orientation as well as the type of glass the window features.
Improving daylighting in existing structures can be complex. For your window replacement, consider the visible light transmittance ratings of glazing products and select the one that allows the most natural light while still blocking glare and solar heat gain. At Renewal by Andersen®, our High-Performance Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass has the thermal control similar to tinted glass but with nearly the visible light transmittance of clear glass.
Get Rid of Glare
Glare will make you want to cover your windows with shades, blinds or curtains. It can make it harder to see digital screens like computers, televisions and tablets. To eliminate glare, make sure that natural light is collected and redirected upward and deep into space. You can control the light that enters the room by using redirecting devices in the upper portion of your windows and lowering existing shades or blinds.
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