Ensuring sufficient natural light in the interiors of a home is one of the most basic requirements of an interior home remodeling/improvement project. Natural light impacts the overall aesthetics and and the budget of a home in a very substantial manner.
Use Natural Light to Improve Aesthetics of Your Home
Natural light can be effectively controlled and manipulated by using proper window treatments to highlight or camouflage certain parts of the interiors. Doing so is often a part of decorating. Homeowners tend to choose one, primary focal point in the room. This can be best highlighted during the daytime by concentrating more natural light upon it, using window trims that allow a limited but sustained amount of sunlight to fall upon the designated area. Similarly, some parts of room might not present the best upkeep and if immediate repairs or replacements are not possible, camouflaging such spaces in the interiors is an easy alternative. This can be done by ensuring that daylight through the windows is kept away from such problem areas. Window trims can be adjusted to cast more shadows upon such areas, smartly hiding them in an inexpensive manner.
Use Natural Light to Make Substantial Savings
One benefit of allowing more natural light inside the home is power savings. By allowing more sunlight inside the house, you directly reduce the dependence upon artificial lighting, helping to cut down upon the power bills. However, natural lighting helps in making easy savings in another way—it helps to regulate the internal temperature of your home. In high-temperature zones, it is common to find households that use special screens along the windows to keep-out the sunlight. Conversely, if you are located in a mid or low-temperature area, allowing sufficient light inside the room helps to naturally heat the room, reducing the load upon electrically-run, temperature-maintenance devices. Please note that rather than changing the entire window structure or their positioning, the amount of natural light entering through the windows can be easily controlled by modifying the:
- Window trim materials
- Design of window panes
- Window screens (anti-glare coatings)
- Material, thickness and styling of window curtains
Using such alterations is particularly useful for homes wherein substantial temperature differences are seen during the year, i.e. natural light needs to be increased or decreased on a recurring basis
Use Natural Light to Disinfect Your House
The utility of sunlight in terms of disinfecting the interiors is perhaps its most commonly-ignored aspect. A common household problem that often gives rise to health hazards like mold and mildew is the presence of excessive moisture. Moisture is often present in homes in an imperceptible manner. This includes traces of moisture in the carpets, household fabrics and walls that isn't always visible, but slowly makes the internal space more susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections. A few hours of daily, bright sunlight into the house is perhaps the easiest, most inexpensive way of neutralizing such problems as the heating induced by sunlight is adept at drying moisture in the most inaccessible of interior spaces.
Use Natural Light to Improve Your Home’s Value
Ensuring proper natural lighting in your home and explaining the above-listed advantages is bound to increase the financial worth of your home to a real estate evaluator. Further, homes brightly lit with natural daylight appear more spacious and brighter. Such residential spaces are bound to make a positive impact in any real estate assessment. It is common to find families that are ready to spend a bit more than the average market rate, for homes that promise lots of natural light.