Four reasons why natural light is better for your home
We’re all at our best on bright, sunny days. And the same applies to bright, sunlit homes too. Numerous scientific studies have highlighted the importance of natural light to our health and wellbeing. So, if you’re adding new windows or switching out your heavy old window coverings for contemporary ones, then you’re on the right track.
Here are four reasons why natural light trumps artificial light every time.
1. Happiness and energy
Exposure to sunlight is linked to mental wellbeing and mood. According to an article in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, sunlight increases the level of feel-good endorphins in the blood.
The impact of too little light can be especially notable during winter, when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is most likely to arise. Having a light-filled home makes it far easier to get out of bed and get through the day in the right frame of mind.
2. Overall health benefits
It’s well known that exposure to sunlight provides vitamin D, which is important to overall health. Our body clocks are also synched to circadian rhythms, which means that getting enough light helps to regulate sleep cycles.
Exposure to natural light may actually have positive effects on eyesight as well. Some studies have shown that spending time in sunlight can help reduce the risk of myopia, and lead to improved eye health.
3. Environmental friendliness
The use of natural light also has environmental – and financial – backing. The better you’re able to utilise natural sunlight in your home, the less you’ll rely on artificial lighting. This means that you’ll reduce your carbon footprint, and save on your energy bills as well.
4. It makes your home look and feel great
Airy light-filled rooms naturally create a much more inviting environment than dark spaces with windows shrouded in heavy drapes. Natural light shows off your décor to its best advantage, bringing out the beauty of your carefully selected furnishings, textiles and colour schemes in a way that artificial light doesn’t. Artificial light is not always as good as natural light when you’re doing everyday tasks either, such as working in your home office or preparing meals in the kitchen.
Allowing the light in
If you’re building a new home, you’ll have the luxury of choosing where to site your windows for maximum light. If your existing home is a bit dark, light wells and skylights can be fitted. Window coverings are also key to how much light you get in your home.
Modern window coverings such as blinds can give you the flexibility of letting light in, while maintaining privacy. Blinds also allow you to control the level of light depending on the conditions. After all, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing – especially in summer, when excess sunlight can result in glare and heat stress.
Fortunately, today’s modern window coverings mean that you can strike just the right balance of natural light in your home.