Daylighting is the strategic placement of windows to allow as much natural light into the home as possible. Daylighting can also be achieved by installing skylights or other openings in your house. Introducing natural light into an interior space is becoming a priority for most homeowners when looking for or building a new home due to the numerous benefits it offers.
Rather than spending a significant effort changing the location of your windows, we recommend maximizing your current window configuration to allow as much natural light and energy into your home during the appropriate seasons and time of the day. Using daylighting can help you heat and cool naturally, ultimately helping to save on your energy bills. Keep in mind the tips below as you start planning:
If you have east and west facing windows they can provide good daylight penetration in the morning and evening.
South-facing windows allow most winter sunlight into the home but little direct sun during the summer, especially when properly shaded.
North-facing windows admit relatively even, natural light, producing little glare and almost no unwanted summer heat gain.
Keeping these tips in mind when you begin to incorporate daylighting into your home can help you make the best use of daylight and achieve your energy efficiency goal.