Daylighting, the practice of illuminating interior spaces using natural light, offers several benefits. It makes you less dependent on electric lighting, it helps regulate your sleeping hours and reduces stress, and it makes your indoor spaces look bigger. With the right selection of windows, you can enjoy these benefits in your own home. Here are some tips on optimizing your windows for daylighting:
Window Placement – For maximum amounts of sunlight, the windows installed along your home’s east-to-west facing walls should receive the most sunlight. If your remodeling project includes the option to resize the walls, take it as an opportunity to choose bigger windows, for increased exposure to sunlight.
Window Walls – Window walls are often associated with modern architecture, but with the right combination of frame colors or finishes, you can have window walls in your home regardless of architectural style. Window walls are ideal if adding or replacing windows along your east-to-west walls isn’t possible. Our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass make it possible for any Renewal by Andersen® window installation to let in as much sunlight as you want without worrying about increasing indoor heat or fading your fabrics and furniture.
Light Window Treatments – You might think that choosing bigger windows means you have to sacrifice some of your privacy, but with the right window treatments, this wouldn’t be the case. To maximize daylighting, choose window treatments that are sheer and/or light-colored. Heavy curtains and blinds would just block the light.
Clerestory Windows – Clerestory windows are fixed, solitary windows that are often installed in high places to provide lighting. Small circular windows are often installed above doors for this purpose, but in practice, any specialty window can be installed to add lighting and even complement existing doors and windows. Among our several specialty window shapes, our Springline™ specialty window – an elongated half-circle window shape – looks great on top of French doors.
Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix offers several window styles and shapes that can be optimized for daylighting, from casement to bay window. Call us today at (602) 562-1178 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free, in-home, no-obligation consultation. We serve many areas including Phoenix and Tempe, AZ.