The funny thing about window improvements is that we only think of improving windows that are not fit for purpose anymore. The talk about windows tends to focus on permeability. If your windows let the outdoor air and moisture through, it's time to consider a replacement set. As the temperatures are dropping, it's fair to say that most households would be considering whether the windows are winterproof. But do we think that windows that do their job a little too well need improving? The answer is no. In fact, you might even be wondering what a window that works "too well" might look like. Look no further; here are some examples of windows that are so good at their jobs that it becomes uncomfortable.
What Happens When Your Windows Work Too Well?
They Affect Your Privacy
Your windows bring the outdoors into your home. They allow you to enjoy the view of your garden, your neighborhood, and the wildlife nesting in the trees in the distance. It's all sweet and lovely, but have you ever thought of your windows as a two-way system? If you see outside, it means that those outside can see through into your home. It's worth adding practical window treatments to keep prying eyes at bay. After all, some rooms in your home require privacy, such as the bathroom and the bedroom. Additionally, revealing too much about your interior could also attract burglars.
They Make It Hard To Control Temperatures
Your windows could be perfectly hermetic yet make it hard to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. Indeed, the orientation of your windows can make some rooms uncomfortably hot in summer. South-facing windows are the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere. East- and west-facing windows can still encourage increased heat in the early morning and late afternoon in a hot climate. Therefore, it can be helpful to consider accessories such as awnings or sunscreens to reduce indoor heat.
The Light Wakes You Up
Natural sunlight influences your circadian rhythm, making it easier to wake up in the morning when the sun is out. Light therapy alarm clocks rely on the same phenomenon to help people wake up naturally and feel refreshed in the morning. However, it can be tricky to get enough rest if your schedule doesn't follow the sun. It's tough to stay in bed when your bedroom window lets the bright daylight through. Black curtains or an eye mask can become your best friend in the morning.
They Distract You
We've learned one crucial lesson about windows during the pandemic. A window can become a stressful source of distraction. Sitting with your home office desk facing a window can cause you to lose concentration as you pay attention to what's happening outside. Traffic sounds and movements on the other side of the window can make it hard to stay focused. One minute, you're drafting an email, and the next, you're lost in the contemplation of the squirrels in the tree on the other side of the road. The secret? Try to sit within the range of the window to get plenty of natural sunlight but without direct access to visual distractions.
Windows let the outside world into your home, and, with it, its distractions. While nobody can live in a windowless home, there are many occasions when we need to keep the outside world at bay.