(ARA) - Sunshine and summer go together like coconut and pineapple. Yet when winter arrives with shorter days and cooler temperatures, the amount of sun that enters your home can be more important than at any other time of year.
Inadequate sunlight can influence seasonal mood changes, vitamin D deficiency and even your utility bills. It's important to prepare for winter by taking care of the portals that allow natural light into your home: windows and skylights.
Caulking and weather stripping are the two most common ways to prep windows, and the jobs are easily within the abilities of most do-it-yourselfers. Washing windows should also be part of your winter-preparedness measures; clean windows will allow the maximum amount of room-warming sunlight to enter your home.
Winterizing skylights is also important. Skylight manufacturer Velux, offers these tips for preparing your skylights for cooler months, as well as for year-round care and maintenance:
Winterizing your windows and skylights can help ensure they provide you with the maximum amount of healthful, natural light during the dark, cold months of winter.