Sunlight and Your New Home

move. lots of cardboard boxes in empty new apartmentWhen you first move into your new home, it’s a good idea not to hang dark curtains, blinds or shades right away. Instead, let the sun shine in for a while. It can help keep your house cleaner and your family healthier.,

Sun and Bacteria

Sunlight is a natural antiseptic. It can kill bacteria even after passing through glass. So not only can direct sunlight make it easier for you to see what you are doing when you are giving your home a deep cleaning, but it also can help speed up the process of sanitizing your house.

Sunlight and Health

Sunlight also has recuperative qualities for human health. Studies have shown that patients in hospital wards with direct sunlight heal faster than those without sun.

Sunshine is good for your physical health. But it’s also good for your mental outlook. Don’t you feel naturally feel better on sunny days?

The psychological condition known as “Seasonal Affected Disorder” — which some people get around the holidays — is believed to be triggered by the lack of direct sunlight during the overcast, gloomy weeks in the dead of winter.

Sunlight and Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that we all need to promote bone growth and density. While we typically get some of the Vitamin D from the foods we eat — milk is often fortified with Vitamin D, for example — our primary source for the nutrient is direct sunlight.

That’s why when we don’t get enough sun, we often feel tired or unhappy.

There’s even evidence that ultraviolet radiation from the sun plays a central role in the body’s ability to break down cholesterol. Some studies have shown the people’s cholesterol levels tend to increase during the winter months, and that this increased cholesterol is more pronounced the further you move away from the equator.

So don’t block the sun when you move into your new home. For at least the first few days as you get settled in, let the sun shine in!