The cold season might take a toll on your energy bill because of the frequent use of your heating system. The good news is there is a way to offset the cost through maximizing your use of daylight. Daylighting is making use of natural light to improve your home or property’s illumination through reflecting, diffusing or directing the available light. In this post, the area’s windows and doors expert shares some tips on how to do that.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–Plan Ahead Using Available FurnitureIn order to create an effective daylighting design, it is imperative to plan. List down the type of furniture and equipment that you can use in your home. Also, study where lighting is most present. Ask yourself, which part of your house is mostly used and what time of the day. Answering these questions will help you optimize daylighting design. Put Windows Next to a Side WallPutting windows next to a side wall helps reflect more light to your space. This is one way to make use of your available natural light and distribute it to your home. A word of caution though: avoid placing windows adjacent to a single wall, as it completely diffuses the lighting. Using sliding contemporary doors also helps distribute the sunlight to your home.Install Your Windows HigherIf you’re having new windows installed, have it placed higher. They can help light penetrate deeper into the room. Additionally, windows that have more glazing optimize the sunlight that comes in and distributse it better in the room. Home improvement experts say that the rule of thumb is to put about 30% of the window in the upper 1/3 of the wall.Make Use of Shading DevicesNot everything is about reflecting and diffusing light. It’s also important that you use your shading devices to your advantage. Such devices can be of any shape and size, such as your hinged French door. You can also use a combination of horizontal and vertical shades. The horizontal ones provide shading when the sun is high. The vertical shades are good when the sun is low. We hope that we were able to provide some points on maximizing your home’s natural light through daylighting design. Your local experts at Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix also have some ideas for your doors and windows. Get in touch with us today at (602) 772-5059 or fill out our contact form to learn more. We serve clients in Scottsdale and Phoenix.
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