Skylights bring energy and natural light to the indoors, adding comfort to a home. They represent a strong statement to your neighborhood that you care about both energy efficiency and the environment. Here are four specific ways skylights improve home energy efficiency.
1. Bring In Natural Light
Windows on roofs describe skylights in the most basic way. The sunlight shines down into a room during daylight hours, reducing the need for electric lighting. This type of traditional lighting reduces glare in the room, creating a more balanced appearance.
2. Cut Energy Costs and Greenhouse Gases
Using less electric lighting translates into enormous energy savings over time. In the process, you’ll be reducing greenhouse gases from a utility which is powered by fossil fuel. The more you save energy the more you contribute to sustainability. It also amounts to less wear and tear on the environment.
3. Visual Blending with the Outdoors
The aesthetics of skylights are sometimes understated even though they add beauty and the value of modern technology to a home. Skylights may allow you to see the sky, trees, and birds during the day and stars at night. These visual effects help bring occupants closer in touch with nature, as you are constantly reminded of the outside world.
4. Extended Roof Longevity
Some of the ways in which skylights help protect the longevity of your roof is by providing ventilation and reducing moisture. Certain features such as mirrored reflectors with insulated glazing and low-emissivity coatings allow for lighting without heat gain or loss, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Although not all skylights provide ventilation, certain models release air through a small hinged panel. Some skylights have moisture sensors that close the skylight when it rains while others use a slope which helps prevent the buildup of moisture and leaves. Moisture is a major reason for roof degradation.
When you choose to add skylights to your home, you are making an investment in increasing your home value and using energy more efficiently. Contact J. Carnes & Sons Roofing to learn more about how skylights can bring you natural light at lower costs.