When designing your new custom home or remodeling your current home, adding more natural light to your rooms is one aspect worthy of great consideration. The more daylight your home receives, the more health, energy and aesthetic benefits you derive.
Even without science to confirm it, humans tend to enjoy natural lighting far more than artificial. That’s why workers covet the corner offices more than any other. According to research by North Carolina State University, exposure to natural light improves health in many ways:
Vitamin D Storage: Direct sunlight promotes our production and storage of vitamin D, a critical precursor to health and vitality.
Eye Development and Health: Children’s developing eyes need natural light to help prevent nearsightedness and to grow properly. While artificial light, especially fluorescent and that emitted by our electronics, strains the eyes, natural light nurtures them.
Improves Mood: When we’re deprived of natural light, our brains tend to protest, which often manifests as bad moods or bouts of depression. Scientists discovered that serotonin increases with exposure to daylight. Without sufficient amounts of it, some people fall prey to the winter disease known as SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. The cure can be found by encouraging more sunlight to stream into the home.
Higher Productivity: Of course, the better we feel, the more likely we want to move around and accomplish our work. If you work from a home office, you might notice that you can get more done when daylight illuminates your desk and fills the room around you.
Supports Foliage: Many houseplants that produce a lot of oxygen can thrive in places formerly closed to sufficient sunlight. Extra oxygen naturally perks us up, and the sight of growing things satisfies our penchant to be closer to nature.
When you banish the shadows in your rooms with large windows and skylights, you have far less need for electrical lighting. No longer do overcast days have you flipping the switch when you’ve inserted banks of large windows into your home design.
But don’t worry about your expansive windows leaving your rooms cold in winter. With double-paned, insulated storm window technology, you keep your interior comfortable in all seasons.
Not only does an increase in natural light benefit your health and energy usage, but it also improves the aesthetic quality of your rooms. Areas well lit with daylight offer you a greater sense of spaciousness. Even small rooms feel larger when the air is brightened with sunlight. This feeling of extra space opens up more decorating options because darker elements won’t crowd the space. With lots of daylight creating an airy feel, you can indulge your tastes for dark woods, pensive accent walls, leathers and heavy fabrics as readily as preferences for lighter stylings.
Whether you are building from scratch or remodeling your existing home, Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling believes in creating your perfect living space exactly as you dream it. If you would like to discuss how to incorporate more natural light into your home, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.