Did you know that exposing yourself to sunlight is one of the most effective ways to combat the winter blues? Spending time outdoors, however, isn’t always practical, especially once the temperature drops well below freezing. Here are five ways to bring more natural light into your home this winter.
1. Remove obstructions When you clean up the yard this fall, trim back branches and shrubs that encroach on your windows. Even without leaves, these obstructions decrease the amount of sunlight entering your home. Window hangings create a similar impediment so draw back your blinds and curtains on sunny days. Heavy curtains help with insulation, but they also darken your home. To keep the cold air out and let the sunlight in, upgrade to energy-efficient windows and opt for airy, light-coloured curtains. 2. Remove screens Consider removing window screens once the weather gets cold. This will allow more light into your home and, more importantly, protect your windows. Screens trap condensation near the window and increase the risk of mould and mildew developing. Snow, ice and debris can also get stuck between the screen and window and cause damage. 3. Clean windows Cleaning your windows is an essential part of window maintenance. Dirty windows will reduce the amount of light that comes into your home and create an uninviting atmosphere. Plus, a buildup of dirt and debris along the windowsill and tracks can damage the seals and create drafts. Add window cleaning to your list of chores when you winterize your home to avoid doing it in cold weather. 4. Replace windows Do your windows still look dingy after you wash them? This could be a sign that they need to be replaced. New windows let in more sunlight, provide better insulation and improve the look of your home. Installing energy-efficient windows will also lower your heating bill — another way to lift your spirits this winter. 5. Add windows Installing additional windows in your home will undoubtedly let in more sunlight. Late fall and winter aren’t ideal times to renovate the exterior of your home, but it’s worth keeping in mind for the spring or summer. Window installation in and around Ottawa For window replacement in the Ottawa region, trust the experts at Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors. We offer a 10-year labour guarantee and a transferable lifetime warranty on all of our window installations. For more information or to request a free estimate, contact us today.