Take a look at any house hunter’s wish list for their dream home, and you can bet that 9 out of 10 times lots of natural light will be at the top. Skylights are the perfect way to achieve just that, so why don’t we see more of them in today’s homes? We’re not sure whether it’s a preconceived notion some people have, or just a lack of knowledge about skylights. Check out these 5 reasons to open up to skylights:
Improve Energy Efficiency: Skylights are a great source of natural light and can reduce the need for artificial lighting. While they won’t completely eliminate secondary lighting, flipping the switch just an hour later can improve energy efficiency and help save you a few extra bucks on your energy bill. Skylight blinds can also increase their energy efficiency by 45%.
Ventilation: Vented skylights (skylights that open and close) are perfect for increasing the airflow and circulation in your home. Ideal during hot summer months, skylights act as a cooling vent system by allowing warm air to escape while drawing in cooler air through open windows on lower levels.
Natural Light: As with windows, skylights give you the benefit of letting more natural light into your home, while adding an overall warmth and brightness to interior rooms. Nowadays, homes are being built so closely together that more lighting from windows may come at the expense of privacy; but, with the installation of a skylight or two, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds.
Boost Mood: We’ve all heard that sunlight has the proven ability to put you in a better state of mind and is beneficial to your overall health. Whether you’re looking for a natural energy boost or trying to keep your stress level low, let the sunshine in and reap the benefits!
Tax Benefits: With laws in place to encourage energy conservation and renewable technologies, certain skylights and accessories may be eligible for up to a 30% tax credit. VELUX, for example, manufactures both skylights and blinds that meet the requirements and could provide a tax credit for their purchase. (You may find more information at veluxusa.com/taxcredits)
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