This article has been contributed by Diana Smith
Sunlight is not only vital for plant life. Oh no, contrary to popular belief, we need natural illumination for reasons other than in order to keep the plants, which supply us with oxygen, alive and doing their thing. Sunlight, in addition to being absolutely essential for our physical health, boosts our energy, has countless psychological benefits and generally simply feels good. Additionally, natural light can save a ton of electrical energy, paying compliments not only to our electrical bills, but also, even more importantly, to our greatly endangered environment.
Unless you live extremely close to the Equator, you know how depressing falls and winters tend to be. It isn’t the rain that makes us feel closed-in and bummed-out, but the sun-blocking clouds that cause it. Natural lighting makes us more productive, happier, calmer and generally healthier.
There is a thing called Seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, quite conveniently), commonly referred to as winter blues, which causes people with otherwise normal mental health to feel down during certain seasons. While this disorder may, in fact, be caused by increased levels of sunlight, in most cases, it is caused by natural light deficiency. By simply going out for a walk on a sunny day, you are instantly boosting your own mood, as I’m sure you’ve probably already aware of.
The way sunlight affects us physically, is mostly through vitamin D, which is essential for every and anyone. In addition to boosting our immune system regulation, this vitamin helps us maintain our body weight, plays a vital role in asthma symptom control and keeps our brains, in general, functioning efficiently throughout our lifetime.
Furthermore, spaces that are deprived of sunlight are perfect for mold and mildew growth, which are both well-known causes of a variety of health problems. Keeping your living space abundant with natural light allows you to make sure you never have to worry about these malicious beings. By installing things such as ceiling and large wall windows and bi fold doors, you significantly increase the amount of light within your place of residence.
Even though this doesn’t have a direct health benefit for your health, it is a perfect crossover for the following paragraph. By making use of natural light for powering up your home, you are paying tribute to the green awareness, which, as a global initiative, helps improve the environment, making our planet, and consequently your own self, healthier.
Environmental and Financial Benefits
On the previous note, utilizing sunlight-based energy for powering up your typical household appliances, you are making sure that huge power plants have less work to do, therefore, dwindling the impact on the environment. Up to 50% of energy used in a typical home can be jotted down to space conditioning, such as temperature and lighting control.
While you can’t really use sunlight for directly illuminating your home in the nighttime, you’d be amazed by how many people opt for installing a luxury chandelier, rather than a simple, energy-efficient ceiling window. If your local area is blessed with a high number of sunny days over the course of a year, why not utilize this benefit? Sunlight can never be replaced by artificial lighting.
Furthermore, if you choose to power your house up from natural light energy savings, you make sure you can save up on making unnecessary payments on your electricity bills. Not only is natural light eco-friendly, but it can pay compliments to your pocket, as well!
Opting for a sunlight-based source of energy can have numerous psychological, physical, environmental, as well as budgetary benefits. The only reason why this trend hasn’t sprouted its roots deep enough into our modern society yet is because people are unaware of the stage of development this technology is in. It is only a matter of time before everyone accepts this trend as a natural thing, so it wouldn’t hurt to be ahead of the rest now!