The Lighting Research Center has found a number of benefits for properly lighting your home. It helps increase performance in night shift workers and alertness in teenagers and reduces safety risks such as falls in seniors. Natural lighting is an important design consideration in homes that prioritize its health benefits, and replacement windows play an important role in this respect.
Read on as we list our top window type picks that allow adequate natural light into in your home.
Bow and Bay Windows
Windows don’t only affect your home’s interiors. Your choice of windows can either raise or lower your home’s curb appeal and value. For no other type of window is this truer than with a bow or bay window.
These two types are more or less similar in design and concept: an extended window area that can function as additional seating or shelving space from the inside. At the same time, it gives your home’s exterior a defining accent.
Bow and bay windows are typically a combination of two or more types of windows. The middle area can make use of either a large picture window, allowing more natural light and giving the room an excellent view of the outdoors, or it can use double-hung windows, for better control of airflow without sacrificing too much lighting.
While picture windows can be assembled into bow or bay window types, they work equally well as individual windows. When it comes to natural lighting, picture windows take the number one spot with their characteristic large glass pane.
At Renewal by Andersen, our picture windows come with High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass, a proprietary mix that reduces harmful UV rays and unsightly water condensation spots, giving you an unmatched view outdoors. These glass panes are also certified to be up to 70% more efficient in summer (or 40% in the winter) than other glass pane products.
If the space in your home is limited, sliding windows offer an excellent balance between a small opening area and natural lighting. As far as efficiency and maintenance costs are concerned, sliding windows are the more affordable option as well.
Give your home the benefits of a well-lit home with the window options from Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois. Get a free in-home consultation today by calling us at (866) 693-6707 or using our online contact form. We serve Bloomington, Champaign, Galesburg and surrounding areas.