As its name implies, daylighting is the introduction of natural sunlight into an interior space through the use of windows, skylights, and other openings of a building or home. In particular, this is the custom of placing windows or similar reflective items so that daytime is maximized and provide effective internal lighting.
Now more than ever, daylighting is a priority of many home remodels and constructions due to its numerous benefits. Renewal by Andersen® of Omaha and Lincoln outlines them below.
The Benefits of Daylighting
Lighting in homes accounts for about 10% of the average household budget. Daylighting is thus favored by many homeowners not only because of energy efficiency purposes but also for well-being. Proper and effective lighting reduces the need for electric consumption, thus reducing overall energy usage and helping homeowners save hundreds of dollars every year.
As an aside, daylight is also better for one’s health. Our eyes have developed and become accustomed to natural sunlight. Daylighting’s other benefits include proper eye and bone development, reduction of eye strain and fatigue, improved concentration and productivity, regulation of the sleep cycle, and immune system enhancement.
How to Maximize Daylighting
Installing windows or other openings allow natural light in an interior space. Proper daylighting, however, involves more than just bombarding your home with sunlight. Note that the sun moves across the horizon while homes just stay put. Therefore, take into account how the sun moves through the day and throughout the whole year relative to your geographic location, and then orient windows to it.
Potential Disadvantages of Daylighting
While there are many benefits of letting natural sunlight as your main source of lighting, potential drawbacks do occur. For instance, unfiltered daylight can cause unnecessary heat and glare. This may result in eyestrain and overheating of interior areas. In addition, inadequate window placement and orientation can lead to insulation problems.
Balance is the Key
The biggest factor when daylighting any property is to balance natural light via windows with the corresponding radiant heat. Daylighting provides many benefits, but it may introduce the unwanted consequence of glare and heat. Maximizing the benefits of daylighting requires a careful balance of temperature control to avoid fluctuations. This allows you to reap its benefits while still maintaining comfort wherever you live.
Overall, daylighting provides a good number of benefits to any interior space, whether you’re a homeowner or running a business. Talk to us in Lincoln, Bellevue, Omaha, and surrounding areas about how you can achieve and maximize daylighting. Call us at (402) 513-2828 today.