Would you rather live in a dark, gloomy home or one bathed in natural light? Most homeowners wouldn’t hesitate to choose the second option. However, achieving abundant daylighting in the home isn’t as simple as throwing open your curtains—it’s a result of the interplay among different variables, including the size of your windows, where they are located in your home, and the type of glass they contain.
Here are some practical tips on how to obtain energy saving windows that fill your living space with natural light:
Invest in Spectrally Selective, Low-E Glass
Daylighting is desirable, but unwanted heat gain and ultraviolet rays are not. Traditional Low-E glass, which is what most windows on the market are built with, features metallic coating that blocks most of the sun’s infrared and ultraviolet rays. Unfortunately, this type of glass also filters out a good amount of natural light.
The good news is that you can get the best of both worlds when you choose our windows. At [company_name], we equip our double-hung, picture, sliding, and casement windows with a spectrally selective, multi-layer Low-E4® glass. It has more coatings than typical Low-E glass, delivering a better trade-off among heat reflectance, UV protection, and visible transmittance.
To put things into perspective, our top-rated SmartSun™ option only allows 28% of infrared light through and bounces 95% of UV radiation back outside. And at the same time, it admits 65% of visible light, putting it well above competitors.
Daylighting From Two Directions
Glare is a common consequence of too much daylighting. To reduce glare, usher in the sun from a minimum of two directions. Multiple beams create balanced lighting, eliminating bright visual hot spots as well.
If your room only has one wall opening, you can still achieve this by installing a window that projects out of the home, like bay and bow windows. Unlike ordinary windows, the bay and the bow consist of many panels facing in at least three directions.
Let the Light Bounce Around
A smart way to distribute the sunlight around your interior is by optimizing reflective floor and wall surfaces. This is a brilliant strategy when tackling a window replacement in a small room with just a single wall aperture. Even with a tiny window, the use of glass, glossy walls, mirrors, or tiled flooring can illuminate every inch of the room.
Let Renewal by Andersen of Eastern New York help you plan your window replacement for increased daylighting. We’ll study your unique situation and consider your functional and aesthetic requirements so we can offer sound recommendations. Call us today at [company_phone] to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation at your convenience.