Opening your home up to more natural light and airflow is not only good for the environment, it’s also a lot easier on our piggy banks. Natural light and ventilation allow us to use the outside air to naturally ventilate our homes, meaning fewer air conditioners, heaters, or artificial light. Here are our top three ways to fill your home with more natural light and airflow.
1. Strategically placed windows
Look at the orientation of your home to work out where your windows are best placed. For example, suppose you are in the Southern Hemisphere and a north-facing home. In that case, you can utilise the natural sunlight by opening up your house with more windows, therefore increasing the level of natural daylight entering your home. This will also keep your home warm in the winter, which means less artificial heating.
Skylights are not always necessary in every home, however they can be hugely beneficial in terraces, townhouses, or houses that have less ability to open up the side walls to windows or doors. Skylights are a brilliant way to increase the level of sunlight entering your home, particularly in areas such as the kitchen or bathrooms that might be positioned in an area of the house that is further away from windows. By installing an operable skylight, you can also increase the level of ventilation throughout the house.
3. Choose window types to direct airflow
The type of window you choose can affect the airflow within your home. Casement windows are one of the most common windows used, and they were created to provide more ventilation into your home. If you live in an area that gets a lot of breeze, bi-fold windows are also a great option to increase ventilation, particularly in areas like the kitchen. If you want to direct the airflow in your home precisely, louvre windows are an excellent option for this, as you can adjust them to change which way you want the airflow in your home to go.