Installation of skylights or roof windows is slowly becoming one of the foremost solutions for promoting energy conservation for today’s green homes. If you are considering green home improvements, you cannot get any greener than this. Skylights bring into your home natural heat and light, which are universally acknowledged to be the purveyors of multiple benefits. Some of these benefits are listed below:
Health and productivity
Studies conducted have proven that installation of skylights, which allow natural light into a building, and contribute to the health, productivity and safety of the occupants. People who live and work in a well-lit environment are happier, healthier, more productive, and even speed up recovery from sickness.
They give a more modern and aesthetic look to the home
Skylights strategically located can transform its interior because of the warmth and brightness of natural sunlight they allow to enter and illuminate dreary spaces. They lend a new depth and dimension to a room, creating an illusion of expanded space by opening the view skyward. Skylights enhance the beauty of the home within.
They help lower electricity and energy bills
Skylights can help reduce your energy consumption since you can eliminate the need to utilize artificial lighting during the day. But they need to be strategically arranged on the roof of your home and provision made for shading them, particularly during summertime, to enable you to reap the best possible energy savings. Skylight windows can also serve as ventilation. In times of excessive heat, it is possible to open them and let the cool air into your room. Apart from lowering your electricity bills, skylights can help you cut down on heating bills because of their ability to take advantage of solar heat gain during winter months in particular. Properly positioned skylights can function as a passive solar collector system.
The heat they collect can serve as a supplement to the heating system of your home. Skylights before consisted of a single thickness of glass in a frame, but today they come in a variety of materials, with laminated or tempered glass and tinted coatings, which can control heat transmission and UV radiation. With the vast strides in glazing technology made in recent years, and when you consider the aesthetic angle, remember that because of their energy-savings advantage they will in all probability pay for themselves in the long run, especially if they are Energy Star-rated skylights with low emissivity glazing.
Besides this, newer skylight windows are lighter and thus less of a load on the roof. Vinyl-framed skylights combined with high-performance, low-E glass make one of the most thermally efficient skylights on the market today with virtually no heat or cold transfer from outside. Skylight projects should be approached with caution and done only under the guidance of a qualified contractor as the skylight is tied into the structure of the building. Improper installation could prove costly and endanger the structural integrity of the building if not detected at the start.