Even if you have a small home, you can get more natural light with new replacement windows. This is possible for many reasons. First, modern window frames are so much stronger than older models, as they have thinner frames and more glass area to give off natural light. Another reason is that the increased thermal performance of the glass keeps cold air out of your home.
If you already have a home that has plenty of windows and thus natural light, consider yourself lucky. If you don’t, well, don’t despair. Adding windows to your home will open up the space and allow you to breathe freely again. You may be frustrated by a cave-like existence if you have overhanging trees, oversized bushes, faux beams, deep eaves, low ceilings and not enough windows. It’s time for a change!
If you don’t have a lot of windows, you’re likely spending more on heating and cooling than those with lots of windows. With the more natural light that makes its way into your home from the sun, the less energy required for optimal comfort. However, even with plenty of opportunities to add light to your home, old windows may be depriving you of much-needed light. There are many advantages to natural light, from decreased risk of depression to lower energy bills.
You may at first consider adding windows to spaces that don’t exist yet. But that involves construction and demolition – something that can cost you thousands of dollars. Sure, it may be nice to add solar tubes, skylights and extra windows but if this isn’t in your budget, you’re best off just replacing the windows you already have. A bay window in your living room or spacious picture window in your kitchen can really open up the space and increase your enjoyment of those rooms.
New Windows=More Light
As mentioned before, today’s window frames are stronger and thinner, equaling a greater glass area. Also, the glass used in today’s windows is designed for optimal thermal performance, guarding cold air against getting into your home in winter or hot air from getting inside in the summer.
That’s the main goal of thermal glass: to maximize solar heat gain in cold months and minimize it in warm months. When considering which windows to get, analyze the U-factors and SHGCs. Keep in mind, lower is better to maximize energy savings in climates with both cold and hot seasons, says Energy.gov.
In the cold months, open up drapes and blinds during the day to allow that natural sunlight to filter into your home. Leaving windows unfettered by blinds and drapes when facing the sun will naturally warm your home’s interior. Now, you don’t have to turn up the heat quite as much anymore during peak periods, plus you will be less likely to use lights whenever you walk into a room. These are just two more ways to save.
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