Researchers are of the opinion that natural light is best when it comes to enjoying the perfect home environment. However, aside from letting in that mood-enhancing light, your windows may perform many other functions, such as optimizing energy consumption and enhancing your home’s aesthetic appeal.
There are geographical factors that will also influence your window choice. Things like temperature fluctuations, altitude above sea level, your home’s alignment (the sunrise/sunset cycle and which side of the home gets the most sun and when), as well as climate throughout the year.
Choosing the right window for each room in the home can be a challenge, and that challenge is made even more complex when your personal tastes and sense of style are part of the equation.
Always remember that your windows are an investment in the value of your home. They increase the appeal of each room and that has a positive effect on the sale price of your most valuable asset.
To help you make the right choice when it comes to windows, here are some tips that will allow you to enhance your home – in line with your unique window preferences and requirements.
Living Room Windows
Your living room is one of the most important places in the home. It is where you will spend time interacting with family and friends. It is also (usually) the largest room in the house. This makes it ideal for large-scale picture windows, bay windows, or casement windows for those warm days (they allow great airflow). If the living room boasts exceptional space don’t be afraid to mix and match – as long as there is a common theme (material, finish, color etc). There are also a variety of coatings available to enhance the appearance and functionality of these windows. You can also opt for double or even triple panes to keep cold out and heat in the home – and cut down on the monthly power bill.
As important as the living room is, there is one room in the home that acts as a magnet to all those who visit or family members. That is the kitchen. Adding new windows to the kitchen space is a great way to enjoy that natural light and make the business of preparing meals even more rewarding and pleasant.
Hard-to-reach spots like that above the kitchen sink are ideal locations for casement windows. These windows offer exceptional ease of use requiring very little effort to open and close. Sliding track windows are another good choice as they are easy to clean and again – easy to operate. Keep in mind the option of protective coatings as kitchen windows are subject to temperature fluctuations and the build-up of oily residue. Bay windows can allow those in the kitchen to easily see out – better for keeping an eye on the younger members of the family – or simply basking in the sunlight.
Bathroom windows need to function as privacy screens, as well as letting in natural light. Larger bathrooms would benefit from single-hung or casement windows. Consider the options for tinting and or other privacy-enhancing applications – or go for one of the many ‘frosted’ glass options that are on the market.
We spend around a third of our lives sleeping, and bedrooms are the focus of many other activities even while we are not getting those essential hours of rest. Double-hung or casement windows are both exceptional choices, both allow for fresh air to efficiently circulate through the room. Make sure that the glass is energy efficient so that the correct temperature can be maintained during the course of the night. Bow or bay windows are also great for those who want to incorporate a reading nook into the bedroom.
Take into account your unique needs, style, and aesthetic choices. Stick to a budget and remember that exceptional windows are a solid investment in the value of your home. A careful choice will help make the house into the home of your dreams.