The radiant light of a new day is here.
Friends, behold spring: The season of the return of natural daylight. After living in the dreary darkness of winter for of a COVID-19 weary winter for months, Iowans are opening their windows again, allowing the sun’s sweet, bright rays to shine in their homes once more.
Au revoir, artificial lights of winter.
Daylighting, the use of windows and skylights to bring sunlight into your home, is a vibrant, even cheerful home energy savings solution. Today’s highly energy-efficient windows as well as advances in lighting design, reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours without causing heating or cooling problems.
“A home that is filled with natural light looks more warm and inviting than a home that is dark and dreary,” Homeselfie.com notes. “This isn’t the only reason why homeowners should embrace natural light, though. Taking advantage of natural light can also reduce energy usage and save you money on utility bills.”
Trust us folks, leave the dark mood lighting to the movies. Fire up The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun,” Katrina & The Wave’s “Walking on Sunshine” or The Doors “House of the Rising Sun” and let the universe’s brightest, most powerful orb shine on your house again.
“Although it may be fine at night, a dark open is not especially inviting, for you or for your guests,” Greener Ideal stresses.
That’s natural light truth. Natural light in homes has been proven to shine personal health benefits for homeowners, including better vision, better sweep quality, improved Vitamin D storage, reduced blood pressure, and an improved mood.
No wonder Batman is always so moody.
Per the U.S. Department of Energy’s Recommendations, here are tips on how to best daylight your home:
- South-facing windows allow most winter sunlight into the home but little direct sun during the summer, especially when properly shaded.
- North-facing windows admit relatively even, natural light, producing little glare and almost no unwanted summer heat gain.
- East and west-facing windows provide good daylight penetration in the morning and evening, respectively, but may cause glare, admit a lot of heat during the summer when it is not usually wanted, and contribute little to solar heating during the winter.
But to maximize the amount of daylight entering your home, which windows offer the best view? Experts recommend slider windows, which don’t have any hinges, as an excellent option for kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms. Without hinges, weight and bulkiness are no cause for concern.
Other window styles that allow the sun to megawatt light your home efficiently include:
- Bay and Bow Windows: A popular array of several individual windows connected in an arch or angular fashion, bay and bow windows allow sunlight to enter your home from different angles.
- Picture Windows: A timeless transmitter of natural light, these large rectangular panes of glass offer an unobstructed, spectacular outside view and are the undisputed most energy-efficient window style available.
- Casement Windows: Combining excellent ventilation with superior ease of use, casement windows require little to no maintenance and can be opened or closed with the simple turn of a hand crank.
Friends, it’s been a long, cold, snowy Iowa winter. Leap into spring by letting the sun’s natural beams light up your home. After all, we’ve wandered in the dimly lit darkness of winter long enough.
“As a general rule, most of us would prefer to live our lives under the warmth of the sun rather than the buzz and glare of fluorescent bulbs,” Healthline notes.