There’s nothing like feeling the sun on your face, and right now – during the freezing grip of winter – many Australians are going on holiday in search of that. So it makes sense that, rather than abandoning ship for overseas sunlight, we make our homes as light-filled as possible.
And if that great sun-kissed feeling isn’t enough, there are many other reasons why plenty of access to daylight is the most valuable asset your home can have.
Natural light increases your home’s value
Chris Teakle, Director of Melbourne’s Prime Estate, says a northerly aspect that allows in plenty of natural light is highly sought after by homebuyers.
Sunlight is free heating
Maximising solar exposure helps transmit thermal heat into the house during cooler months and the evening hours. In fact, passive solar heating uses free heating direct from the sun to dramatically reduce the energy consumed in the average Australian home for space heating and cooling.
A brighter home is a healthier home
While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, the right balance can have lots ofmood lifting benefits.
Studies also show that getting anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes of sun on your arms, hands and face two to three times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D boosting benefits of the sun.
However, despite the fact that we live in one of the world’s sunniest countries with all these beautiful beaches available to us, some Australians may not be getting enough sun because of too much time spent indoors.
Ideally, the solution would be to get outside more – but our demanding schedules don’t always permit that. So the next best thing is making sure our indoor environments deliver us enough sunlight.
So, when it comes to your home, let there be light!