The Benefits Of Installing Spokane Skylights

March 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Category: Remodeling

 
 

Spokane Skylights

Spokane Skylights are an excellent way to add value and beauty to your home while allowing natural light to shine brightly into your home. There are several benefits to using an energy efficient skylight in one or more areas of your home.

Skylights

Essentially, skylights are windows installed in the roof. Sunlight naturally filters through the opening into the room, lending not only warmth, but also the perfect alternative to artificial lighting during daylight hours.

How do skylights save the homeowner money throughout the year? Skylights allow up to five times more light into a home as opposed to a traditional window of the same dimensions. With a skylight, you are taking advantage of solar energy streaming into your home, and that means the heat kicks on less frequently. This translates into money saved over time.

Skylights add an open and airy feeling to any home. Kitchens and living rooms are always popular rooms for skylight installations, but bathrooms are slowly gaining in popularity. Added privacy and warmth during the colder months are wonderful benefits of the addition of a skylight in any size bathroom.

Naturally Light Your Home

For those with a green thumb, skylights provide a bright and naturally lit environment, which helps plants thrive indoors. This saves the homeowner money since they don’t need to invest in artificial lighting for their plants.

Make certain you include the cost of skylight coverings (blinds) when you consider the total investment. They are crucial for increasing energy efficiency in your home. Direct sunlight into the home is wonderful throughout a winter day, but in the summer, it’s just as important to control the amount of sunlight entering the home so it is cooled efficiently.

Blinds or darkening shades that are custom-fitted for your skylights will ensure that you control the amount of heating and cooling your home requires on any given day. There are also tints that can be applied to the skylight to help control the amount of sunlight entering the room. Either of these options enables you to save money while keeping your home at a consistently comfortable temperature in every season.

Skylight Location

Just as with real estate, “location, location, location” is crucial to making sure your skylights will provide you with the energy saving benefits you desire. Skylights have energy performance ratings, which are based on the design of your home and on the climate in which you reside.

The size of the skylight will also determine whether or not you’ll be able to efficiently control your home’s indoor environment. The general rule of thumb is the skylight size shouldn’t exceed more than 5% of the floor area in rooms with existing windows and not more than 15% of the area’s total floor area for spaces containing few existing windows.

It’s always best to have a professional install your skylight to make sure it is sealed and fitted correctly. They’ll be able to tell you which skylight size and type is the most energy efficient skylight for each room in your home. They’ll also tell you what location is the best for Spokane skylight installation. It is always a good idea to obtain references from other homeowners who have had skylights installed.

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