Five Ways To Get More Natural Light In Your Home During The Winter
In the winter, the sun likes to play hide-and-seek with us. You never know when it’ll peak it’s yellow head out from behind the clouds and bathe us in its glow. When it does come out, you need to maximize it in your home to save on energy costs and brighten up your living space. So, how do you let natural light in during the winter months?
- Clean your windows:
- Keep the drapes open when you’re home:
- Add mirrors:
- Get a new door:
- Tubular skylights:
This may seem like a no-brainer but dirty windows are often major blockers of light. For smaller windows you can use glass cleaner or a mixture of ¼ cup white vinegar, ½ dish detergent and 2 cups water. You should clean them inside and out, which may not be possible to do on your own. For larger windows and for all window exteriors, use the services of a professional.
When you’re enjoying a book at home or are performing any activity that ample light is needed for, don’t close the curtains. No matter how grey it looks outside, natural light will find a way to get in. On sunny days, open curtains will let in enough light to even heat certain smaller rooms.
However beneficial the open-drape policy is when you’re home, be sure to close the drapes when you leave the house; otherwise you are giving burglars an open invitation to identify valuables and potentially return for them at a later date.
Installing mirrors across from a window will create a light reflection. The light will be projected into different parts of the room, making it seem bigger and brighter. This is ideal for smaller rooms like bathrooms, laundry rooms and offices where there is only one window. You can also purchase mirror tiles if you have a half-bath that only has a tiny window in it. The tiles will help capture what minimal light does come in and reflect it back into the room.
If you have a solid exterior door, swap it for a glass door. Glass doors not only let in more light, they can be created to suit your taste. You can get tinted glass so that no one can see in, and these doors come in high-security models.
Furthermore, sliding doors for your balcony are also able to let in natural light.
These specific skylights are cheaper to install and don’t take up a lot of space. Tubular lights reflect light through a tube that sits in a small opening on the roof. The opening is only about 18 inches wide and can let in approximately 30% more light than a regular window. These skylights work well in rooms with north-facing windows that don’t attract much light. They’re also great for stairways and closets and are generally energy-efficient saving you money on your heating bills.
Remember that natural light is free and the more you let into your home, the warmer and sunnier it’ll be in the winter. If you’re looking for a new door or windows to get that coveted natural light, contact us! No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find that our team will successfully get the job done. At Landmark, we do light right.