Replacing the windows in your home is a big job. Why not maximize the value of the project and let in a lot more natural light while you’re at it? Larger windows are not only an investment in the beauty of your home, they are an investment in your family’s health and well-being.
Increasing the size of your new windows to let in more natural light will make you and your family feel better and getting more sunlight really does lend to a healthy lifestyle.
Study after study shows exposure to natural light significantly improves mood and overall functioning. Trouble sleeping? Natural light regulates circadian rhythms, the 24-hour cycle that our bodies follow in response to light and dark. A Cornell University study showed that a well-regulated circadian rhythm improves your sleep cycles, enhances brain function, and improves mood, memory, and focus. Increased natural light boosts our immune system, too. You may even lose weight! Studies have shown that too little natural light is tied to abdominal weight gain, regardless of other factors like caloric intake and exercise.
New windows might actually be good for your health in addition to improving your home’s value.
You could add lamps that mimic sunlight if you have no other choice, but nothing is as effective as sitting in your home next to a new, bigger window streaming sunshine all day. Having plenty of large windows is particularly important in northern states like ours when cold weather keeps us inside for many months of the year.
Older homes often had smaller windows to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. With today’s high efficiency windows, that’s no longer a problem. Modern windows are engineered to help prevent solar radiation from passing through your windows, keeping your indoor temperature right where you set it. UV resistant films and coatings block ultraviolet rays, protecting your floors and furnishings without impacting the level of natural light that streams into your home.
In fact, modern windows are so much more efficient than the older models that you may save on your energy bills, even if you significantly increase the size of your new windows! Adding natural light to your home can even reduce your lighting energy use by 50-70%.
Today’s buyers are looking for bright, open homes that let the outdoors in. They want plenty of windows and lots of light with an open, airy feel. Larger windows also make rooms look and feel more spacious. And the more time we spend inside, the more we want homes with a view. New, larger windows also add to the curb appeal of your home and will net more money on the sale of your home. Surveys show that buyers are consistently willing to pay more for properties that are designed with natural lighting in mind.
It’s a pretty standard job for a qualified home remodeling contractor to enlarge your windows. They are highly skilled and have years of experience installing replacement windows in homes of all sizes, ages, and designs. Want to let more sun shine in your home? Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors to schedule your free consultation today!
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