Windows – Why Natural Light Matters
Whether you’re building a new house or making improvements to your current residence, it is important to consider how the placement of your windows and exterior doors affects the amount of natural light that enters your home. If you don’t, you will miss the many benefits that natural light exposure brings to both your health and your pocketbook.
If you are lucky enough to live in a climate like Las Vegas that receives over 300 days of sunshine a year, you have almost daily access to the benefits that only the sun’s rays can provide. Studies have shown that exposure to natural light while indoors contributes to physical and psychological well being, as well as higher levels of energy and productivity. Artificial light cannot provide the full spectrum of rays needed to stimulate hormone and vitamin D production to not only keep your body working properly, but also to improve the function of your immune system.
Beyond its health benefits, natural light can also help you realize savings on your monthly energy bills. Research has shown that 47% of energy costs go to space conditioning—the artificial control of lighting and temperature. By effectively using energy-efficient windows and French or sliding glass doors for your patio areas, you can lower your use of artificial lighting throughout the year, as well as see a decrease in your heating costs during the winter months. This approach not only saves you money, but also reduces your impact on the environment. Why pay for what the sun gives you for free?
If you are interested in learning more about how to effectively use natural light in your next project, we at BRL Windows and Doors can guide you through the process of material selection and installation to maximize your health and economic benefits, while minimizing your energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint. Call (702) 876-6579 to speak to one of our licensed and insured door and window professionals to get started today!