Not only can natural light make a cramped interior feel more spacious, but it can also brighten the mood in a room and ward off depression. Our roof repair experts at UHQ Construction elaborate on these benefits below.
Vitamin D: How Sunlight Helps Improve Your Mood
Getting enough exposure to sunlight can help you get your daily dose of Vitamin D, which studies have shown to help ward off depression. Vitamin D plays an important role with regards to brain function, and without sufficient amounts of this essential nutrient, people are at higher risk of suffering from several mental health disorders in addition to depression. Despite the importance of Vitamin D, almost half of the world’s population isn’t getting the recommended dose. Fortunately, by adding windows to let more sunlight inside your home and making a few changes to your diet, you can lower your risk for mental health disorders.
Improved Natural Lighting Can Also Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Improved natural lighting can also help you sleep better at night. A study conducted in 2014 reported that office workers who had more sunlight exposure experienced higher quality sleep. This link can be attributed to sunlight’s role in regulating our circadian rhythms: The soft warm light that’s only found in sunlight sends signals to our body to begin preparing for sleep.
Making the Most of Sunlight
Aside from adding more windows or replacing your old ones with models that have wider glass panes to improve the natural lighting inside your home, you can:
- Strategically place mirrors around your home – Mirrors reflect light, helping distribute sunlight more evenly throughout your interior.
- Use light colors in your interior – In contrast to dark colors that absorb light, lighter shades and hues, like mirrors, reflect light. Light colors are also great for your exterior, including your roof and siding.
One more thing: don’t forget to only hire reputable contractors—shoddy installation work can damage your new windows after all.
UHQ Construction, a locally-owned and -operated contractor accredited by the Better Business Bureau®, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including window installation services. To get a free estimate, call us at (317) 884-3140 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Greenwood, as well as the surrounding communities in Indiana.
Cory Getz is the Operations Manger for UHQ Construction, which has delivered effective roofing, siding, window and gutter solutions throughout central Indiana since 2004.