Have you ever admired the large windows of other houses while walking or driving by? There are many ways to increase the amount of windows in your home. Large window treatments include picture windows, mulled windows (two or more windows attached together), window walls and architectural geometric (or specialty) windows.

More than just inviting more natural light into your home and the people who live there, large windows offer many benefits. Installing or retrofitting your home with large, energy-efficient windows can elevate your interior design, regulate household temperature, improve your mood, create a climate for health-giving plants and improve your home’s resale value. You can harness all of these benefits with some thoughtful window planning.

Let’s take a closer look at each benefit.

1. Elevate Your Interior Design

This benefit is purely aesthetic. And yet, beauty is its own reward—for those living in your house as well as for visitors and houseguests.

A white vinyl awning window.

Vinyl architectural geometric awning window (JELD-WEN DF collection).

2. Regulate Your Household Temperature

In Canada’s extreme climates, it’s especially important to keep heat inside during winter and outside in summer. “Comfort engineering” maximizes the use of energy-efficient windows.

Single-hung vinyl dual-pane windows with Low-E glass (Versa Collection).

3. Improve Your Mood

Who doesn’t feel happier on a sunny day? Even when the sun isn’t shining, studies show that greater exposure to natural light helps to regulate circadian rhythms, reduce symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and improve mood.

5 Benefits of Installing Large Windows

Single-hung windows with transoms and wood-like finish let the light in while complementing hardwood flooring and furniture.

4. Create a Climate for Health-Giving Plants

Plants survive and thrive in natural light, and houseplants enhance quality of life by releasing water and oxygen while purifying the air. Bonus: a roomful of plants looks fabulous!

Custom Wood Collection swinging patio doors and mulled fixed windows and transoms

Custom Wood Collection swinging patio doors and mulled fixed windows and transoms.

5. Improve Your Home’s Resale Value

When you add new windows and doors, you add value to your home, so choosing new or replacement energy-efficient windows as part of your home improvement plan is an investment that really pays off.

Swinging patio doors and casement windows provide an entire wall of light (Custom Wood Collection).

Swinging patio doors and casement windows provide an entire wall of light (Custom Wood Collection).

For plenty of ideas about how to add light to your home with energy-efficient windows and doors, visit our new website at www.jeld-wen.com