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The Health Benefits of Daylighting

Simply put, daylighting is the use of natural daylight to light indoors. It has been recommended by designers and researchers for its various health benefits. These include increased occupant activity, improved comfort, plus mental and visual stimulation to regulate regular human circadian rhythms.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, city dwellers spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, so a good source of daylight through windows in Georgetown, Texas, is important.

Scientific Studies

Studies on the health benefits of daylighting go back decades. There is a general consensus that daylighting has health benefits beyond indoor illumination.  In an article in Science magazine, contributor Roger Urich reported that surgery patients in rooms that had windows facing trees recovered 8.5% faster. They also required fewer analgesics compared with patients who only had brick walls for a view.

Lack of exposure to normal 24-hour light-dark cycles can disrupt a person’s body clock, and cumulative delayed sleep-phase leads to chronic sleep debt. A 2006 longitudinal study conducted in Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia revealed an increased rate of breast cancer in night-shift workers. This was a result of suppressed melatonin production from the subjects’ pineal glands.

Daylighting in Your Own Home

If you haven’t considered getting replacement sliding windows in Georgetown Texas, now may be the time to do so. Our replacement windows feature High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass. In fact, our glass comes with several upgrade options. They offer protection from UV and infrared rays among other benefits. This is thanks to its multiple layers of low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings, while letting as much visible daylight as clear glass does.

This means our windows will let you get maximum daylight indoors without the unwanted solar heat and UV rays. On top of the health benefits, daylighting also reduces the need for artificial interior lighting. This can result in even lower utility bills.

For custom windows in Georgetown, Texas, that will let you enjoy the many benefits of daylighting, consult the trusted name in the industry. If you would like to know more about our replacement windows and patio doors, call Renewal by Andersen® of Austin today at (866) 842-3370. You may also fill out our contact form.

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