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July 28, 2022

The Benefits of Natural Light — Indoors and Out

We know that natural light and the outdoors are great for overall health, but did you know that the benefits are specific and measurable? Vitamin D that your body makes from natural sunlight is crucial to maintaining bone density, fighting depression, improving sleeping habits, and keeping a number of inflammatory diseases at bay. And the best part? It doesn’t matter if you get your sunlight indoors or out.


Biophilic design, as it is called, encourages the use of natural elements such as plants, water, air, and sunlight inside of spaces to improve the quality of life. At Ernest Homes, we keep this design philosophy top of mind as we create homes for our residents to be healthy, happy, and thrive.


That’s why we design our homes with plenty of energy-efficient windows, which are engineered to protect your home from extreme temperatures and weather conditions, but let in lots of natural light.


Not only are the interiors of our homes open, airy, and bright, we make sure you have access to beautiful, safe outdoor spaces, too. Multiple studies suggest that one of the key indicators of longevity is access to green space. Time spent outdoors improves physical, mental, and social well-being.


At Ernest Homes, we’ve long understood the importance of nature and access to the great outdoors. Many of our new home communities in Savannah include a variety of shared outdoor living spaces like swimming pools, clubhouses, play areas, connecting pathways, and outdoor seating areas.  Plus, each home has a private outdoor patio when it’s time to relax, unwind, or share cozy family moments. Our homeowners enjoy plenty of benefits from their time spent outdoors!


  • Physical benefits. Physical activity such as walking is good for joint flexibility, strengthening muscles, and the cardiovascular system. Spending time outdoors (i.e. walking, gardening, or swimming) can lower the inflammation levels associated with hypertension, autoimmune diseases and depression. Living near green spaces has also been shown to lower the prevalence of certain diseases, while lowering mortality rates, too!


  • Mental benefits. Physical activity that takes place in a natural setting improves the memory, increases cognitive function, and has a restorative effect overall. Thirty minutes or more of gardening, or even just looking up at the trees from your private patio, can have a significant effect on moods, stress levels, and mental health.


  • Socialization benefits. Social encounters that occur during physical activity have a positive effect as well. They create a sense of community and lessen any feeling of isolation. Walking in groups, playing cards by the pool, and tending a garden are all great for exercising the mind and body while providing vital interpersonal connections.


Residents of Ernest Homes enjoy all of these advantages, plus so many others. With a focus on healthy spaces — both indoors and out — our homes are naturally designed to improve your quality of life for years to come. Schedule an appointment to visit our beautiful communities in Savannah.

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