Home design. When we think about it, our minds tend to automatically focus on our interior design or our home’s exteriors. We spend an awful lot of time within the four walls of our house, so it’s not all too surprising that we want to make this space functional and comfortable.
The exteriors of your home are what people first see when they approach your property or pull up outside, so you’re bound to want to make a good first impression. However, have you ever considered the part of your home that connects your interiors and exteriors? Our windows are such a significant part of our home design that it’s pretty surprising how neglected they are! So, it’s time to give your windows a little TLC. Here are a few different areas to focus on!
When it comes down to it, we tend to think that the windows that our home is fitted with when we move in are the ones that we have to stick with until we move out. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Believe it or not, you can have your windows refitted, replaced, and refurbished. There are various reasons that you might want to replace your windows. Here are just a couple that might make you rethink the windows that your home currently has.
Boost Natural Light in Your Property
The first reason that people tend to have their windows changed is to boost the amount of natural light that filters into their home. If you happen to live in a house with small or few windows, the chances are that things are going to be dim and dark. Natural light generally makes interiors look a lot more appealing and can make spaces look larger.
Perhaps more importantly, natural light is important for our overall health and wellbeing. Circadian rhythms regulate our bodies’ sleep-wake cycles. Our exposure to natural light heavily influences these rhythms. When you’ve been exposed to plenty of natural light during the day, you’re much more likely to drift off and get our recommended eight hours of shut-eye when you go to bed. If natural light is limited, our bodies find it relatively difficult to distinguish between day and night and we can consequently suffer from sleep disorders and sleep-related problems. Having bigger windows can result in more natural light in your home, which can be extremely beneficial for you in the long run!
Different sizes and shapes of windows can give an entirely different aesthetic in your home. Large glass sliding doors or roof windows can give a more modern appearance to your living space. Casement windows can tie in well with traditional British home design. Tilt and turn windows can give an air of the Parisian.
Changing the windows in your property can create a completely different atmosphere and vibe. So, do a little research and see whether that are windows that can better suit your interior design than your current ones.
Glass isn’t a great insulator. It lets heat pass through it extremely easily. So, if you currently have single glazing, it’s important that you upgrade to double glazing as soon as possible. Double glazing helps your windows to preserve as much heat as possible. This means that you can save a serious amount of money on your heating bills and run a more eco-friendly household. Request a quote from a professional glazier. They will be able to take a look at the number and size of windows in your property and determine how much the job will cost and how long the work will take.
We tend to have a set checklist of chores that we carry out in our homes on a regular basis. We sweep the floors. We wipe down surfaces. We dust shelves. However, one chore that tends to get left behind is cleaning the windows. What’s the point in having a view into the outside world if it’s going to be smudged and smeared. Here’s how to clean your windows inside and out.
Cleaning the Inside of Your Windows
Let’s start with the easier part of this task – cleaning your windows from the inside. For this, you will need a good window cleaning solution (try to find an eco-friendly option) and either a window cleaning cloth or rag or a window cleaning squeegee. The cleaning process should be relatively simple – there’s a lot less dirt inside your property to build up on the window pane over time. So, all you need to do is spray the window, then give it a little elbow grease with the cloth. It’s as simple as that!
Cleaning Your Windows’ Exteriors
Cleaning your windows’ outside pane is going to be a lot more difficult. The surfaces themselves tend to be dirtier, as the wind is likely to blow more dirt onto the windows and rain is likely to smear the surfaces. Reaching windows themselves is also more difficult – especially on floors that are higher up.
Generally speaking, it’s best to hire an experienced, reliable, and recommended window cleaner to take the work off your hands. They will have the necessary equipment, skill, and expertise that can complete the job to a high standard. Many window cleaners are also extremely reasonably priced!
You may be surprised to see just how much there is to consider when it comes to your home’s windows and how they can influence and impact your interior design, as well as your home’s functionality. But now you know!
Bear the above information in mind going forward into the future and stop neglecting your property’s windows from this point on.