Natural light is one of the most important features of the home. But in our area, more sunlight usually means more heat getting in the home. And light control is important. Phoenix, AZ window replacement is the perfect time to manage and control the amount of natural light getting into the home. Not sure where to start? Here are some things to keep in mind when you start shopping.
As the sun travels the sky through the day, the light and intensity change. This is why the orientation of the home is so important, as well as the orientation of the windows. Early morning light rising in the east is bright and cool. It may not heat the house as quickly, but it will certainly wake any late sleepers. Late afternoon sun setting in the west is usually long and warm. Sun shining through west-facing windows can make for spectacular sunsets, but also increases the amount of heat. So it is important to consider the types of light and choose the proper windows for each room and location in the home.
It is common sense that larger windows let in more light and smaller windows let in less. In living areas, you will probably want larger windows that will help fill the space with daylight to make it feel larger and more welcoming. But in smaller areas, like the bathroom, smaller windows work to allow in some light and ventilation while maintaining plenty of privacy.
The type of window you choose will also help determine the amount of light coming into the home. Large, picture windows are the most common for natural light because they come in almost any size and shape and can work in virtually every room. The simple style is also the most affordable. But a few other larger windows ideal for natural light include awning windows, sliding windows, bay windows, and bow windows.
Window placement is slightly different from window orientation. Window placement is where you want the window on the wall. Do you want it left, right, or center? Do you want it lower, higher, or right in the middle? The window placement will give you control over how much light gets in the room and where it will shine. For example, smaller windows placed higher up on the wall can still light up a space while maintaining plenty of privacy for the occupants inside.
Another thing to think about when it comes to natural light and replacement windows is the special coatings on the insulated glazing units. You can choose windows that block heat without blocking visible light. Or, if you want to reduce glare in the office or entertainment room, you can choose coatings that block light and heat.
When it comes to window coverings, not all windows are created equal. Some are easier to find window treatments for than others. So if you want the versatility of being able to choose how much light gets in the home on any given day, you want to be sure you can pair your new windows with proper window coverings.
Contact us for more help finding the right Phoenix, AZ window replacement. Our experts can walk you through all the designs, technologies, and options.