Getting replacement windows in Southern California means you have to bring a lot of elements together to create the perfect fit for your home. Many people concentrate on energy efficiency first, and it’s a very important part of the process. In fact, inefficient windows are usually why people look into window replacements in the first place. But there are other benefits you can get from new replacement windows, and natural light is definitely one of them. Here’s information about natural lighting and how to give a house more natural light with replacement windows if you feel that your house is too dark or needs some extra sunshine.
Benefits of Natural Lighting
Most rooms in the house need natural light, which has many benefits. Natural light helps to make rooms look bigger and more welcoming. You also don’t have to use as much artificial lighting during the day when you have natural light. And sunlight improves moods and gives families a warm, welcoming environment. There might be some rooms of the house, like the bedroom, where you want to limit that light, but for most rooms, it’s nice to have it. Even in bedrooms, large bright windows are a welcome addition, and you can always reduce the amount of light by adding some window coverings.
Replacement Windows Bring in Natural Light
If you want to infuse more natural light into one or more rooms in your house, you can use a window replacement project. New replacement windows have larger glass space than replacement windows manufactured thirty years ago because the frames are thinner than they were in the past. So even if you get similar replacement window styles to what you have now, you will likely have more natural light. But there are other things you can also do to maximize the amount of light you are getting. You could combine smaller windows into one larger window, add windows above, below, or beside others, or put windows where there are blank walls. Many California homeowners do away with grids and other window decorations and go for a simplistic, clean replacement window look.
Natural Light Doesn’t Mean More Heat
As you think about how to give your house more natural light with replacement windows, you might worry about the extra heat the light will bring into the house. In the past, that would be a definite thing to concern yourself over. However, our high-performance windows have three or four layers of low-E coatings on the glass. These coatings let the natural light through but block the heat and the harmful UV rays. For the California climate, if you have a very sunny location, you want to consider SunMatrix low-E coatings, at least on the windows that get direct sunlight, if not others. Our superior replacement windows will keep your home bright and sunny but also easy to keep cool and protected from fading.
Now that you know a little more about natural lighting and what replacement windows can do to help you reach your goals, you may want to ask more questions about other areas. Contact the professionals at Family Home Improvements by calling (562) 464-0684. We can help you with natural light, energy efficiency, aesthetics, replacement window installation, and everything in between. We install windows all the time, and we know just what to recommend to make your home everything you want it to be and then some.