When people look for a new home it is common for them to look at the layout of the house, the amount of closet space, number of bathrooms, and whether there are good schools in the area. As they go through this mental checklist, some forget to consider how the home handles light, but forgetting to consider this can make a big difference in how comfortable the home will be once you move in.

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The Position of the House

When considering the natural lighting, or potential natural lighting of a home, it is important to look at the position of the house. This includes the direction that the house faces, but it also means taking into account what rooms are likely to get the most use. In general, a home that faces south will have direct sunlight for most of the day and will bring with it plenty of heat. When the house faces south, the sun comes in the back. It’s important to know these things when you are choosing where your bedroom is — it doesn’t necessarily need to be in the same place that the current owner has it.

The Right Amount of Windows

Most people like to have some light coming in from the sun, but not too much. A house with a few small windows can feel like a cave, but one with too many large windows can feel like you are sitting in a sun porch, and really hurt cooling bills. The extra sun can also damage furniture. It is a good idea to look for some sort of happy medium.

As you tour the house, you’ll be able to get a sense of the light situation and whether it feels too dark. The problem might be the layout of the house, or the size and placement of the windows. It might also be outside. If the yard is filled with trees and shrubs, some landscaping may do the trick in allowing the natural light to come in. If it is at all possible, ask to visit the house at different times of the day. This will help you get a sense of not only how the light is distributed in the morning, evening, or afternoon, but it will give you a better sense of the neighborhood as well.

Controlling the Light

When you are done house hunting and actually make the purchase, the lighting situation might not be ideal, so it is best to make the most of what you have. Outside landscaping can make an impact, but so can your choice of window coverings.

In California, motorized shading can be a viable solution, especially when considering windows in Ventura where a lot of sun can enter in and potentially raise energy bills or fade furniture. If it is especially bright, you might want to consider some level of window film that will act as “sunglasses” for the house that will still let in some light and allow you to see out, but will make it harder for neighbors to look in.

Privacy blinds that let light in is another option to consider. This option might be quicker and will allow you to enjoy and settle into the house right away. Blinds can be horizontal or vertical and made from several different materials that is sure to match your style. Shades are another option for controlling the light. Whichever is chosen, the best control comes with California motorized shading. By motorizing shades or blinds you can control the level of light from across the room without interrupting what you are doing. You can also make a plan with the help of your professional installer on how to set up automatic adjustments that will maximize the energy efficiency of the home,

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