Natural light in your home

August 15th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Natural light in your home

It is no surprise that many of us tend to feel healthier and happier in the summer as exposure to natural light has a range of benefits, from generally improving your mood and extended days of activity, to energy saving by helping to reduce bills.
It might be the time to think about how you can utilise the sun’s position in relation to your St Albans home to naturally heat it during the winter and keep it cool and comfortable during the summer. Maximising natural light in your home has even been given a name Daylighting.
Daylighting is the strategic placement of windows in a property to allow as much natural light into as possible. Daylighting can also be achieved by installing skylights or sun tunnels to introduce natural light into an interior space.
Natural light allows you to light your home during the day without requiring man-made light until much later in the day.  Natural lighting also helps bring the outdoors in offering more daylight is better for your overall health. People who get regular exposure to sunlight tend to be more optimistic, sleep better at night and have a higher sense of well-being.
Rather than spending too much effort changing the location of your windows, it’s not a bad idea to think about your current window configuration and how to allow as much natural light and energy into your home at the appropriate seasons and at the right time of the day. East and west facing windows provide good daylight penetration in the morning and evening. South West facing windows allow in the most winter but can be overpowering in the summer. North-facing windows however admit relatively even, natural light, producing little glare and almost no unwanted summer heat gain.