Research has shown that natural light can promote a more positive mood, boost your productivity, and help regulate your circadian rhythm. Natural sunlight can also make a home look more open, and it can brighten the colors in your decor. If you’d like to bring more natural sunshine into your Dayton home, then you must look to your windows and doors. Here are five ways to use replacement window and door choices to your advantage, creating a sunnier setting.
Add a Picture Window
Picture windows are often touted for the beautiful outdoor views that they offer, but they also let plenty of light shine in. Even if you do not currently have a picture window, your window replacement technicians can expand one of your current window openings to accommodate one. If your goal is creating natural light indoors, you can also pair your picture window with a pair of hung or awning windows on either side. This way, you can open the side windows for ventilation and enjoy light from all three.
Expand An Opening To Accommodate a Bay Window
Another way to bring in more light is to replace a single hung window with a bay or bow window. Bay or bow windows consist of three to five windows, angled outwards from the wall. Since the windows are placed in an arc, you capture sunlight coming in from all directions, rather than from just one.
Choose Windows With Narrower Sashes
The narrower the sash, the more glass is left exposed. Fibrex® windows from Renewal by Andersen are stronger than wood or aluminum windows, so the sashes can be made narrower. A good tip for creating natural light indoors is to choose light-colored sashes, like white or cream sashes. The pale colors reflect more sunlight, creating a more illuminated look. Narrowline® patio doors also allow plenty of sunshine in.
Select TruScene® Insect Screens
Insect screens are essential if you want to allow air in through your windows and patio doors without allowing flies and other pests inside. However, conventional screens tend to block some of the sunlight that comes through the windows, resulting in a dim look. TruScene® insect screens from Renewal by Andersen provide 50% more clarity than conventional screens because they’re made with thinner mesh. They’re a great choice if you’re seeking that bright, sunshiny look for your Dayton home.
Choose Patterned Glass Where You Need Privacy
Many homeowners get into the habit of closing their blinds or shades when they want to stop the neighbors from seeing into their homes. This is especially common in bedrooms and bathrooms. While closing the shades does improve privacy, it does block any light that would come in through those windows, resulting in a darker, gloomier home. A good alternative is to choose patterned glass for the windows in these areas. The etched pattern obscures the view through the windows, but they still let in plenty of sunshine. You can leave your drapes open and still enjoy plenty of privacy. Renewal by Andersen offers several glass patterns, including Obscure, Reed, Cascade, and Fern.
Windows are meant to let light shine in, so why not select ones that bring in the most light possible? If you need any help choosing the best replacement windows and doors for your Dayton home, contact us to schedule a free, in-home consultation.
Topics: Dayton home, creating natural light indoors