If you read our blogs regularly, we often discuss the benefits of natural light entering your home when installing a rooflight. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our houses have now taken on several new purposes, including a workplace, classroom and safe space from the virus. Spending more time at home may mean that you are considering making some changes, so below we discuss the benefits of having a rooflight in lockdown.
Work and Education
You may be fortunate enough to have a dedicated workspace, or maybe you are improvising at your kitchen counter, sofa, or even bed (we’re all guilty!). Wherever you’re currently working from, it is clear that working from home has become the new normal for a number of us and therefore you may be considering long-term home improvements to help spruce up your space.
Installing a rooflight invites an excess of natural daylight into your home that can provide several tangible benefits. Firstly, our brains are shown to respond better to natural light which means people perform better when working in well-lit areas. Daylight is also proven to increase productivity, efficiency and even boost concentration levels to help you power through your work day.
Some of us have also found our home has not only become the new office, but it now doubles up as a classroom too. The benefits of natural daylight on children are similar to those above, with research indicating an increase in alertness, energy, comprehension, and retention. Exposure to natural daylight can also boost overall motivation for students and teachers alike!
Health and Mood
It’s no secret that staying at home has taken its toll on our overall mood. The boost of natural light from a rooflight can increase vitamin B and vitamin D levels in the body, as well as improve digestion, circulation and quality of sleep. A rooflight also improves ventilation and our Area Electric model [link] can open and close electronically to recycle the air in your home.
It is estimated that up to 20 percent of the UK population suffer from a form of seasonal depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which may have been heightened by the winter lockdown. An increase in daylight can trigger the production of the hormone serotonin, which is often associated with improved mood, calmness and focus. It can also help to regulate your mood even further by stimulating the release of endorphins, a natural anti-depressant, into the body.
Staying at home also means homeowners may face increased utility costs, with reports suggesting the average family could be seeing bills reach almost £400 higher than a typical year. A rooflight can help to save money on electricity by reducing the need for artificial lighting throughout the day.
Boosting natural light in your home also means less heating is required. Our rooflights are thermally broken too, which is a term used to describe the insulation of a rooflight’s two metal halves to prevent heat from escaping. You can read more about what thermally broken means in detail here [link].
For some, lockdown has emphasised the need for additional space in their property. Natural light from a rooflight can create an impression of more space in your home by helping it to appear brighter and more open, as well as allowing you to highlight any of your favourite design features. Daylight is also an extremely effective way of keeping your home clean and airy, as it is virtually impossible for things like mould to grow in an environment that is well-ventilated and lit up in every corner.
Are you considering making a change in your home? Get in touch with us today so we can help make your vision a reality.