These days, people are more concerned with taking care of the environment than ever before. From groceries to cars, everyone’s working hard to “go green” in their everyday lives. One of the ways people are going green today is by installing energy efficient skylights in their homes. In this month’s post, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of skylights and how they can positively impact your home and the environment.
More Natural Light
When you install a skylight, you can naturally brighten a room with sunlight. By bringing in natural light, you can reduce the need to use artificial sources of light and lower your energy bills. Not only will you save yourself some money, but you’ll be saving the environment.
With skylights, it used to be that you could only install them in rooms with plenty of space for installation. Nowadays, however, there are smaller, tubular skylights, like the Sun Tunnel from Velux Skylights, that can bring light into any room in your home.
Lower Heating/Cooling Bills
When you install energy efficient skylights with the right flashing and curbs, they can help heat and cool your home more naturally so you can use your heating/cooling system less. Many people are under the impression that skylights lead to drafts and high energy bills, but that’s only partially true. Skylights that either aren’t installed correctly or are not energy efficient can cause your home to lose or take on heat. To be sure you’re choosing an energy efficient skylight, make sure it has the Energy Star label.
Installation and Design Make a Difference
As we mentioned before, proper installation is key to enjoying the benefits of having a skylight in your home. Besides making sure your skylight doesn’t bring drafts or leaks into your home, it also plays an important role in how and when your skylight takes on solar heat. The slope, angle, and direction of your skylight will determine when it gets light or absorbs heat.
Even if you’ve chosen a prime location for your new skylight to be installed, you can ensure your home doesn’t lose heat in winter and gain heat in summer by choosing a low-emissivity or insulated glazing on your skylight. Without proper glazing and professional installation, all the drawbacks most people associate with skylights, such as drafts and leaks, will be present in your new skylight.
Here at Werner, we’re proud to be the only authorized installer of Velux Skylights on the West Michigan lakeshore. If you’re thinking about installing skylights in your home, consider choosing Velux. They have a variety of designs to choose from, and 90% of their skylights carry the Energy Star endorsement.
Interested? Call us today!