Your residential window contractor can help if you’re planning to make some home improvements dedicated to aging in place. That’s because replacement windows can facilitate this upgrade that will turn your home into a safer, more accommodating space not just for you as you get older, but also for anyone at any age and of all abilities.
If you plan to stay in your home for as long as possible, you can learn from these uses of windows that are great for aging in place.
Allow Ample Natural Light
Most people spend up to 90% of their lifetime indoors. Even if you’re the type of person who prefers the outdoors, you still spend more time living your life under a roof. As you get older, the time you spend indoors only increases even more. It’s important for your windows to allow as much natural light as possible.
Casement windows are a great example of windows that allow more light. Having better natural illumination allows you to see what you’re doing much more easily, helping you avoid accidents. Natural light also helps in improving your mood, sleeping better, and absorbing more vitamin D through your skin.
Lower Window Sills
Windows should serve as a means of egress during emergencies such as a fire. Tall windows on the ground level of your home with lower sills will make it easier to get out. Take this into consideration not only because it could save your life, but because it’s easier to look outside from a comfortable sitting position.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifies a minimum of 36 inches for doorway widths if you’re designing for aging in place. A wider opening will make it easier for someone in a wheelchair or a walker to pass through it.
Old windows sometimes stick. When you replace them, make sure you’re getting windows that are effortless to operate. Casement windows, for example, have a crank for easier opening, while sliding windows are even easier to open for anyone with limited motor functions.
Make this change for both windows and doors. Traditional knobs can be painful for arthritic hands to operate. A lever is much easier to open because you can do it with a hand or an elbow.
Window replacement for aging in place is important for your comfort and safety as you age. Get in touch with Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento for more information. We also manufacture specialty windows for specific needs. Call us today at (916) 779-5800 or tell us about your project here. We look forward to working with you in Davis, CA.