The design of your house’s windows can have a great impact on the overall appeal of the house. Choosing the right design of the window that fits a certain area in your house can also do wonders in improving your living space. If you were lucky and you have worked with an architect during the planning stage in the construction of your house, the design and placement of your windows are probably on point.
However, not everyone had the same opportunity. A lot of homeowners bought their house as is and some of them probably have an outdated design. If you are one of these homeowners, then replacing your windows now is probably a great idea. Changing those old windows for new ones can improve your living space, and here’s how it does that:
- Allows more natural light inside your house.
Changing your “old-school” windows for more modern and sleek-looking glass panel windows allows more natural light into the house. The natural lighting alone can greatly improve the mood of the house by changing it to a bright, sunny, and uplifting mood.
Brighter interiors can also highlight the beauty of the decor and furniture in the house. Of course, you would not want your furniture to be hit directly by sunlight because it can significantly fade the colors of the furniture over time.
However, improvement in technology in making glass can now prevent the fading of furniture, furnishings, decor, and the paint of your walls. It happens by adding extra coats of chemicals on the glass that provide a much-needed UV protection for your house’s interior. So there is no need to worry about fading colors on furniture and decor even when you have huge windows in your house.
- More efficient energy use.
Old houses tend to have old, warped or broken windows and window seals. This often results to bigger energy consumption inside the house because the cool air from your air conditioning units during hot days leak through the cracks of your broken windows, making its cooling function inefficient. During hot days, the heat from the outside easily enters your home through the same cracks.
This situation leads to inefficient energy use resulting in huge electric bills. So if you have noticed a steady increase in your bill, have a repairman check your house, especially the windows, to make sure that they are not the reason for the increase in the bill.
Although you might think that window replacement can cost you more money, think again. An increasing energy bill is just the beginning of your problems and you will eventually have to change those windows anyway, so better do it sooner rather than later.
- Incorporates outdoor views into the house.
Strategically placing your windows in areas where there is a great view is a good decision as it incorporates your outside view to the inside of your house. The window can also serve as a frame to nature’s painting—the amazing view from your house.
This is a great idea if you have a beach house, a house by the lake, or a house with a great view of a mountain, forest, or a valley. If your house has a great view of the stars at night, you can also add a clerestory window.
- Improves the aesthetics of your home.
There are many ways a window replacement can improve the aesthetics of the house. The first step is to define the look of your home. If you are going for a modern feel, then adding a modern design window is more suitable. Adding a bay window design does not complement the feel of the house. On the other hand, a minimalist glass window would be the final touch to a great modern house.
Adding a bay window design to your home can provide the illusion of additional floor area. Although depending on how your carpenter decides to put the bay window, there may really be an extra space where you can put additional decorative seating.
Window replacement may be necessary for your home and it can cost you some money. If you are in doubt about whether you need new windows for your house, there are some signs that you should look out for to find out if it has become necessary to replace them immediately.
In addition to all the benefits it can give your living space, you may also be better off financially as new and improved windows can add value to your house if you decide to sell it. A good investment, wouldn’t you say?