Daylighting is achieved through a combination of window styles and placement planning. It has several benefits over its aesthetic effects, which is why it should always be a consideration when planning for window replacement. Renewal by Andersen® Seattle discusses why you need to prioritize daylighting in your next project.
Daylighting has been the subject of several studies conducted in recent years. They aimed to find connections between daylit environments and the effects of proper sunlight on human health. Some of them are as follows:
- A 1999 study conducted by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company revealed a high correlation between increased test scores and increased daylighting in classrooms. A 2002 follow-up study published in Leukos, the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, further examined this effect.
- A 1984 Science magazine article reported that surgery patients in rooms with windows facing trees and ample sunlight recovered about 8.5% faster. They also required less analgesics than other patients whose view was just a brick wall.
- Several studies have concluded that daylighting is an essential element of regulating human circadian rhythms or body clocks. People who lack exposure to 24-hour day-and-night cycles (such as those who work in windowless offices) tend to have disrupted sleep cycles, which can lead to chronic sleep debt.
Reduced Energy Consumption
Increased amounts of natural light reduce the need for electrical indoor lighting. You can invest in floor-to-ceiling or large casement windows for daylighting, but you should also consider placement. For example, a window placed in an east-facing entryway could bring more light in and eliminate entryway lighting for the entire day. A bigger window facing south would bring in much less daylight. With reduced indoor lighting, you can save on your monthly energy bill.
How Our Windows Can Help
Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are your best option for daylighting-optimized windows. You don’t have to worry about too much sunlight heating up your home and fading your fabrics. Our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass options filter solar heat and UV rays. Combined with our Fibrex® material and superior installation process, you can let in as much sunlight as you want and still enjoy optimum energy efficiency.
Let Renewal by Andersen of Seattle bring in healthy daylight into your home with our bay windows and more. Our windows can also boost your home’s curb appeal and protect it from elements all year long. Seattle homeowners can rely on us for a high-quality replacement backed by strong warranties. If you like to learn more about daylighting, call us today at (206) 777-0954. You can also fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.