If you are looking to save on energy bills and make the most of the natural lighting in your home, then there are several factors that you need to consider. For example, the orientation of your home is of the utmost importance, but there is nothing you can do about it if you have already bought the place.
Orientation plays the most important role because it dictates how much natural light your home is going to receive, setting aside all other factors, of course. North-to-south or south-to-north-oriented house receive the most sunlight since the United States is on the northern hemisphere.
The southern part of your home receives the most sunlight, with the east receiving sunlight in the morning and the west receiving sunlight in the afternoon. Consider these factors when you are looking to allow natural light into your home, and look to see if there are any obstructions which are limiting these areas from receiving all the sunlight that they should.
One of the simplest things that you can do to allow more natural light into the house is to change your curtains, especially if you are currently using heavy, dark fabrics that keep the sunlight out. Choose lightweight fabrics and light, neutral tones for your curtains, and you will see a great difference in the light that filters into each room in the house.
When you change the curtains, think about the color scheme that you are using for the interior. If you had to choose dark, heavy curtains to match the tone of the interior, then it is also time to make the interior lighter. Dark colors absorb more light, and they will make a room seem darker and smaller than it actually is. If you repaint the interior, you will be making the rooms in your home appear much lighter and bigger.
Your windows also play a major role in how much sunlight gets into the home. Windows that are near walls or corners allow much less sunlight into a home than do windows that are centrally located on a wall. In addition, several smaller sized windows are more effective in letting in sunlight than one or two large windows.
If you decide to replace the windows, do not choose narrow windows because they are the most restrictive. Take a look at how your windows are allowing light into the house. Having windows too far up or too far down on the wall will also restrict the natural light that gets in.
There are other factors that will limit natural light, depending on your location. There are some things that you cannot do anything about like the weather, season, and the amount of sunny days that your specific location in the country gets.
However, if you can get rid of obstructions, change the color of your interior and the color and fabric of your curtains, then you will be on your way to making the most of the natural lighting in your home. Along the way, you may even see significant savings in your energy bill.
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