There’s a reason why sunshine makes you feel great, even on your worst days. Natural light is scientifically proven to be beneficial for our emotional and physical health. While spending time outside is always great, you can also bring some of those health benefits into your home by installing Huntington Beach, CA replacement windows, changing your window coverings, and lots of other ways including:
- Install Replacement Windows – Older styles of windows usually have bulky, too big frames that can block out the sun. Also, old window glass can dramatically lower the amount of natural light that gets into your home. One great way to boost your home’s natural light is to install replacement windows. Choose models with slim frames and clear glass to bring in more light. You can even make your windows bigger with a window replacement.
- Add Mirrors – Mirrors reflect light, so if you add more mirrors around your home, the sunlight coming in from your windows will be reflected and magnified, making your home look brighter and feel more comfortable. Place a big mirror over your couch to brighten up your living room, or install mirrors down a hallway to make the space feel bigger, brighter and more welcoming.
- Change the Window Coverings – Even if you have brand new, big windows with clear glass, your window treatments might still be blocking the sunshine. Heavy drapes block parts of your windows, dramatically reducing the natural light that gets in. If you want the privacy of heavy drapes, but don’t want to miss out on the light, try installing shutters you can close at night, or install shutters only on the bottom half of your window. You could also install sheers to let the light in but block outside view.
It’s important to keep in mind that while natural light is good for you, too much natural light can reduce your home’s energy efficiency and fade your curtains, carpets and furniture. The California sunshine is certainly warm, and its warm rays can heat up the inside of your home and make your air conditioner work overtime, causing your energy bills to go up.
There is an easy fix for this problem: low-E glass. Low-E glass has a special coating that blocks UV rays, and therefore extra heat, from entering your home. Low-E glass can also help protect your rugs and furniture from fading in the sun. Get more natural light with replacement windows without higher energy bills by installing them with low-E glass.
If you want more tips for bringing more natural light inside, or want to learn more about replacement windows for your Huntington Beach, CA home, Cunningham Doors & Windows can help. We have years of industry experience, and would be happy to use it to make your windows they best they can be. Please stop by our showroom located at 1940 E Edinger Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705 to see us in person, or give us a call at (714) 258-2500 to schedule a consultation or get more information.