Importance of Windows and Their Placement
Good house architecture is not only about having a house that looks stunning. It is also about ensuring you have pleasant interiors, good ventilation, and correct placement of windows and doors so that you get interiors that are bright and vibrant. To ensure that the interiors of your house are bright and lively, you need to let sufficient natural light inside the house. To do that, you need to put enough thought into the position of your windows.
Most of the windows are directional as they are placed on one of the walls facing a particular direction. If your windows are east facing, they will let bright sunlight during the morning hours. Similarly, west-facing windows will allow sunlight later during the day. However, both these locations allow direct access to the Sunlight only for a few hours. Hence, if there aren’t enough open spaces around your house, you may need more measures to brighten up the interiors.
Skylight windows and other roof-top windows are a good way of brightening up the interiors of your house. Skylight windows are normally located on a sloping wall close to the roof and other roof-top windows are located on the roof. This allows you direct access to sunlight for longer durations during the day.
Is it Bad to Let in Incoming Light All Day?
Letting incoming light inside the house helps brighten up the interiors of the house. Bright interiors look better and more lively. Home furnishings also look more vibrant and welcoming when the interiors are bright enough. However, excess of anything is bad and the same applies to an uninterrupted inflow of external light inside the house.
To let incoming light all day inside your house, you will have to place your windows in places where they can get uninterrupted access to the sunlight. You will also have to leave your windows uncovered. While this arrangement helps you get bright and lively interiors, it does come at a cost. To understand if that cost is worth it, you will have to recognize the demerits of this approach. Let us look at them in greater detail:
Poor Heat Insulation
You obviously want the interiors to look gorgeous and homely but the comfort factor is just as crucial. You will be able to appreciate the interiors only when you are comfortable inside the house. Uncovered windows are poor heat insulators and hence are unable to prevent heat exchange between the indoor and the outdoor section of the house.
If you let incoming light all day, you will have to leave the windows uncovered. As a result, there will be significant heat gain inside the house during summers when it is very hot outside and likewise there will be significant heat loss during winters from inside the house to the outside where it is very cold and chilly. Hence, there will be fluctuations in the temperature levels inside the house and the atmosphere inside the house can get very uncomfortable if there is no heat control system installed in your house. Even if you have the heat control appliances such as the air conditioner and the thermostat installed in your house, the temperature fluctuations will result in these appliances consuming more power to compensate for such temperature fluctuations. The power consumption of your house rises and you end up shelling more money on your power bills.
The Issue of Glare
Bright sunlight can cause glare inside the house especially during the morning and evening hours. The Sun’s rays are slanting during the morning and evening hours. Hence the bright sunlight enters the house at an angle and causes the issue of glare. It affects the visibility inside the house and may hamper your media consumption experience. To let in incoming light all day, you will have to leave your windows uncovered and hence you will have no protection against the glare.
The incoming sunlight also contains UV rays and if you allow the external light to enter inside the house all day long, you expose the furniture and other furnishings inside the house to UV radiation. The UV exposure can cause the furniture and the furnishings to get discolored or wither away quicker than usual. Besides, UV radiation is also harmful to your skin. Hence leaving the windows uncovered and letting in incoming light throughout the day may not be a good idea.
As discussed earlier, you will have to keep your windows uncovered if you want to allow external light to enter the house throughout the day. This will lead to your privacy being compromised. Bare glass windows are usually transparent and become an easy target for the passersby to peep inside your house. Being able to look inside the house gives the outsiders a fair idea about the indoor scheme of the house and can even encourage rogue elements to break in.
While the whole house is your private abode and you would certainly not like people snooping on you, there are certain sections of the house such as the bathroom, the living room, and your bedroom where upholding your privacy becomes even more crucial. Bare windows can not safeguard your privacy and hence you will need some kind of coverage for your windows to ensure that your privacy is maintained.
So, to conclude, it is fair enough to say that letting in incoming light all day is not a very good or smart idea. Bright interiors are great but you don’t always want that. If you want to enjoy peaceful and uninterrupted sleep, you will want to darken the bedroom interiors while you sleep. Similarly, when it is too hot or too cold outside, you will want some heat insulation inside the house. When it is too bright outside and the external light is causing glare and UV exposure inside the house, you will want to diffuse the external light or even block it out completely.
Simply put, letting more light inside the house to brighten up the interiors is excellent but you would definitely prefer the flexibility and choice to tone the brightness down or block out the external heat and light when you feel the need for the same.