During home quarantine, definitely you missed many a lot of things. Perhaps one of the things you have missed is the sunlight and the daylight. This should draw your attention to the importance of daylight in the decoration. Lewis Khan, a well-known architect, says: “A rooms is not a room without natural light. Natural light gives the time of the day and the mood of the seasons to enter”. In this essay, we will address 4 benefits of utilizing natural light or the sunlight in your home:
1-Minimizing energy consumption
Studies have shown that natural light helps in reducing energy consumption up to 52%. Although natural light helps in minimizing energy consumption, it increases energy consumption during summer season and in the afternoons. This means that natural light is two-edged, it can reduce energy consumption during cool climate and increase it when the climate is hot. Despite this, the natural lighting has other benefits, we will mention, which you can benefit from.
2-Improving the mood
Unfortunately, more and more people are being exposed to stress. To the extent that it is considered “normal” to be under pressure and to have psychological issues. Therefore, it is vital to think about how to release the stress and improve the mood, one of the things that helps to do so is the natural daylight.
One study, that was carried out by an American institution, found that the presence of windows, that allow the sunlight to come in and that have a nice view, helps in stress relieving. And that daylight plays important role in improving the mood of the occupants.
When performing daily tasks like working, studying or even cooking, there is nothing better that looking through the window to see the trees or the sunset!
In a study that was conducted by the Agency National Energy Laboratory of the United States Government found that “with properly installed and maintained daylighting systems, natural light has proved to be beneficial for the health, productivity and safety of building occupants”. So, that natural light helps in maintaining health and curing some medical issues. In another study that is titled “Light and Health” it was found that people who sit close to windows, reported the least number of medical issues. Some researchers attribute this to the improvement of the mood, that is resulted from the natural light.
4-Improving the academic performance and increasing productivity
One research concluded that the performance of students who study in classrooms that has natural lighting is better than the performance of those who study in classrooms that has little sunlight. The study also stated that those who study in classrooms that has natural lighting get higher markers than students who study in classrooms that has no windows or has bad lighting.
Thus, it is necessary to install windows in the studying room to let the natural light enter and illuminates the space.
In addition to this, natural lighting helps in increasing productivity. Some experts say that the beautiful atmosphere that the sunlight creates and the nice view reduce stress levels among the employees. As a result, their health improves and this leads to productivity increase, which means increasing profits.
If you do not have sufficient natural lighting in your workplace, try to convince your boss to provide it as it will benefit the employees and your employer.
However, it is important to note that having good natural lighting is conditioned by a well-planned design. Because if the daylighting systems were improper, the sunlight would be irritating for the eye and it will increase energy consumption. On the other hand, the opposite would happen if the daylighting system is well designed, it would be beautiful and comfortable for the sight and would reduce energy consumption.
Next time when you decide to redecorating your home, think about how to correctly utilize the daylight. Thanks to home quarantine which was an eye-opener on the little things that we took for granted.