Daylight Savings & The Importance Of Natural Light

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In the huge modern metropolises that many of us live in, we do not see enough green, breathe enough fresh air, or get enough natural sunlight. We’ve come to live in a very utilitarian world where appreciating the natural aspects of our environment is almost always an afterthought. The effects of natural light, for example, on our mood and productivity are often ignored as we subject ourselves to living in basement apartments, working in fluorescent lit offices and working out in poorly lit gyms. We don’t necessarily think that increasing natural light will revolutionize your life, but it could make it 5% better, which isn’t insignificant.

Because every home is distinct, and because it’s hard to tell what will work in a given space without actually laying eyes on it, Affordable Blinds comes to you when you decide it’s time to install new window treatments. We get a lot of calls around this time of year from people who are affected by seasonal affective disorder – if you work in a stuffy office and then arrive home from work as the sun sets, there’s almost no opportunity to take in natural light and essential Vitamin D.

Our interior design services want to make sure that you are equipped with customizable blinds so that you can invite sunlight into your home in those crucial hours in the morning and on weekends. Furthermore, we want to make sure that the colour and design is cohesive with the rest of your home – this is why we don’t have a brick and mortar storefront: recommending window treatments without seeing the space is completely impossible! If you want to learn more about our design philosophy with regards to light, check out this post from a few months ago!

If you are an office manager or even a small business owner, you should also consider contacting us if your workspace is not well lit. Recent studies and advances in corporate culture have shown that an employee’s productivity is highly tied to their overall quality of life. If you make the workplace a nicer environment, you will see better results from your workforce. Natural light also stimulates the senses in a way that encourages a healthy circadian rhythm, so you may find that folks around the office are better slept when you install shades that let in a lot of natural light. Our collection of Hunter Douglas shades offers a huge range of flexibility in terms of functionality, aesthetic and light customization. Furthermore, letting in a lot of natural light will provide a surprising amount of warmth, even in winter, so you’ll save on your heating bill.

It’s funny to think that we still submit ourselves to daylight savings, despite the fact that it was originally invented for farmers. Our society has become much less agricultural in the past few decades and the lack of light throughout the day causes more psychological damage to the public at large than is worth it.

Don’t underestimate the power of letting natural light into your life, and hang in there – winter’s not forever, even if it feels that way.

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