One of the reasons many homeowners and home designers choose a picture window installation in their living rooms is because of its expansive glass area. This allows plenty of sunlight to enter the room, providing natural illumination without the use of electric lighting. This is why most modern home designs incorporate daylighting during the planning stage.
Natural light helps improve your mood, focus and health, and your choice of replacement windows can help you get the most out of this benefit. Here are a few effective daylighting strategies from our window experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City.
Your Location Is the Key
Deciding which replacement window installation to go with depends on the location of your home. Your location determines solar paths, climate cycles and the direction your home faces. East-facing windows will get plenty of early morning sun, which may be problematic for night owls who like to sleep in. Conversely, west-facing windows get sunlight mostly during the afternoons. Knowing the direction your windows face can help dictate which style would work best as a replacement.
Light and Heat
The sun is a great source of natural lighting but it can also be a source of heat. You want to choose glazing options with low-emissivity or low-e. This specialized glazing resists the transmission of solar heat without sacrificing the amount of light that enters your home. This can help maintain, or even improve, your energy efficiency even under direct sunlight.
Maintain Your Windows
Perhaps the most important part of effective lighting is keeping your windows in good condition. Getting unexpected double-hung window repair or replacement can be costly but with proper care and regular inspections, you can easily make the most of your replacement windows.
Explore more daylighting tips with our professionals at Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City, your leading provider of quality replacement windows. Give us a call at (605) 341-7831 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Rapid City and other nearby areas in SD.