Natural Lighting: Getting More Light In Through Your Home's Windows

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Do you feel as though your home is just too dark and dreary? Natural lighting is a healthy mood elevator that can drastically change the openness and mood of your environment, but it can be a challenge to get all that warm light in. Whether you're considering a new window installation or just want to make some fixes to your current design, there are some strategies that you can consider to draw in that bright, beautiful glow.

Install Clear Glass Panes

Many older homes have windows that are "broken up" by frames. A single window may be in a few or more "portions," interrupted by wood or plastic dividers. Not only does this break up the light, but it also obstructs the view that you have outside. Consider replacing these windows entirely by a single unbroken glass panel. This is a much easier solution than an entire window installation, but it can still radically alter the way the light hits your room. Similarly, you may want to remove tinted, frosted or textured glass, as all of these options will obscure the light.

Uninstall the Screens

Do your windows have screens that you never use? This is very common; many home builders install screens on homes to give the homeowner the option, even though they may never actually open their windows. You can simply remove these screens entirely; they serve no architectural purpose, they are merely there to keep the bugs out. Screens tend to be dark, so they obscure not only the light but also damage the appearance of the window itself. 

Get a Coating

There are special types of glass and glass coating designed specifically to let more light into your home. These are called low reflectivity windows and window films -- they are so named because they don't reflect as much light away from the exterior of the window. Many of these window treatments are very easy to apply and can be added to existing windows. They are an affordable way to let more light in without a major investment or renovation.

Your contractor can often give you more ideas on whether a new window installation or augmenting your existing window setup might work best for you. For the most part, new window installations tend to be a fairly trivial process when done by professionals -- so if you feel as though your current windows just aren't cutting it, don't be afraid to look at some other options.

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