When the days get shorter and cooler, the amount of sun that enters your home is important. Inadequate sunlight can influence seasonal mood changes, vitamin D deficiency and even your utility bills.

When the days get shorter and cooler, the amount of sun that enters your home is important. Inadequate sunlight can influence seasonal mood changes, vitamin D deficiency and even your utility bills.


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.


Remove any debris that has accumulated around the exterior of any skylights. Take appropriate care when climbing on the roof, and consider hiring a professional if you're not confident of your safety skills.


Clean interior frames - often pre-painted wood or plastic - with a damp cloth or mild, soapy water for tougher dirt. Remove insect screens in venting skylights, spray with a garden hose and allow them to dry completely before replacing them.


-- Velux/ ARA