Can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep? What many homeowners don’t know is that bedroom windows can affect sleep quality. If you’re considering replacing your windows, you should take into account three factors that can affect your sleep quality.
Not all lighting is bad for your sleep. For instance, exposure to natural sunlight helps give you your daily dose of Vitamin D, which can help improve sleep quality. That’s why windows with wide glass areas would be a smart choice.
Of course, sunlight can be too much of a good thing. Your body secretes melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that regulates your sleep patterns, when it’s dark. Too much exposure to sunlight can interfere with melatonin productions, disrupting your sleep cycle. Installing window treatments can help regulate sunlight in your bedroom. Not to mention window treatments give you more privacy in your bedroom. As such, when choosing windows it’s important to balance lighting with comfort and privacy.
One disadvantage of installing windows with wide areas is heat gain. Glass is a poor insulator so heat can easily enter the bedroom through your windows. The optimal temperature level for naps is somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. One way of minimizing heat gain or heat loss is to install energy-efficient windows. Some energy-efficient windows use glass coatings to block heat while others use argon-filled dual window panes.
Buying tip: Regardless of the kind of window you choose, make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® logo. Only windows that have met the Environment Protection Agency’s stringent performance have this logo. Aside from your windows, you should check if parts of your exterior, including your siding, have sufficient insulation.
Local Building Codes
You should also check with your local building contractor if there are any additional requirements for bedroom windows. One more thing: make sure only experienced contractors handle the installation of your new bedroom windows.
Roof Masters, a contractor with more than 25 years of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including siding, gutters, door and window installation services. To request an estimate, call us at (301) 230-7663, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Rockville, MD, as well as the surrounding communities.