Solar Skylights will Naturally Brighten Up Your Home
Have you had enough of feeling like a vampire locked away in a dark, gloomy home? Do you find yourself turning on the lights even during prime daylight hours to brighten your living space? If yes to either mentioned, solar skylights might be the answer you need to naturally brighten up your Massachusetts home.
Increased Natural Light
Let’s start with the obvious – skylights provide more natural light in your home. More access to natural lighting is vital in Massachusetts, where winter days are short and often overcast.
Natural light is a holistic mood and productivity booster, and it can even reduce energy costs by decreasing the need for artificial lighting. By installing skylights, you’ll enjoy the benefits of sunlight even during the shortest and darkest days of the year.
Another benefit of skylights is that they can improve ventilation in your home. Proper ventilation is vital for many reasons, but most importantly, for high-quality indoor air. By installing vented skylights, homeowners have more accessibility to fresh air.
It’s no secret that circulating fresh air with stagnant indoor air helps reduce pollutants and contaminants in the environment, including:
● Cooking odors
● Stove And Cooking Emissions
Adequate kitchen ventilation is vital to remove smoke, steam, and grease particles from the air, which can be unpleasant and contribute to respiratory issues. Additionally, proper ventilation can help regulate indoor temperature and humidity levels, improving overall comfort in the home. Good ventilation combats moisture buildup, which, over time, can lead to mildew, mold, or cause structural damage.
So, by installing vented skylights in rooms prone to steam and heat, such as bathrooms and kitchens, you can vent out the moisture and circulate fresh air effortlessly.
Enhanced Home Aesthetics
Skylights add a unique and stylish touch to any room. They bring in a natural, soft light that can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. You want to feel comfortable, happy, and proud of your space. Skylights can help you accomplish this goal.
As a bonus, they can increase the overall value of your home. With more homebuyers interested in home efficiency and incorporating sustainability in everyday living, skylights have become popular for people wanting to lessen their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs.
As mentioned above, skylights let natural light inside, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Over time, this can lead to lower energy bills and a more negligible environmental impact.
If you want to add a special touch to your home, skylights are a great way to do it. You can enhance its sustainability, improve its energy efficiency, and make it a more comfortable and eco-friendly place to live.
If your home or business is close to a busy area or near a road, you may feel uncomfortable leaving your windows open, as it could create an “easy in” for unwanted intruders. Or you don’t like the idea of people being able to peer into your home, so you keep the drapes or blinds shut.
Both scenarios can make your home feel stifling and dark, creating many other problems. For one, a lack of natural light can have a negative impact on your mood and overall well-being. It can also increase your energy bills, as you’ll need to rely more on artificial lighting to brighten up your home or office.
Regardless, skylights can help. For instance, installing a vented skylight offers a way to keep a window open that passersby can’t see or gain access to so that you can enjoy fresh air indoors. Fixed skylights don’t open but provide a great natural light source.
Types Of Skylights
When considering skylights, there are several types from which to choose. For example, fixed skylights do not open, but solar skylights open with solar power. Venting skylights, on the other hand, can be opened and closed to allow fresh air to circulate.
Tubular skylights are smaller and typically used in spaces where traditional skylights aren’t feasible. Sometimes called sun tunnels or light tubes, this type of skylight consists of a small, dome-shaped window on the roof that captures sunlight and a reflective line that channels the light down into the room.
The tube is usually made of highly reflective material, such as aluminum, to maximize the transmitted light.
At the end of the tube, a diffuser distributes the light evenly throughout the room. Tubular skylights are typically smaller than traditional skylights. As a result, they are ideal for illuminating areas such as hallways, bathrooms, closets, and other small spaces where natural light is needed, but regular windows or skylights are not practical. In addition, they are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional lighting, providing natural light without electricity.
Factors To Consider Before Installing Skylights
Before jumping right into a skylight project, there are a few factors to consider. First, you’ll want to think about the climate in your area.
In Massachusetts, where there is a lot of snow and ice during winter, you’ll need to ensure your skylights are adequately insulated and sealed to prevent leaks.
You’ll want to consider the architecture of your home – skylights may not be feasible in all areas. But, again, the room’s function comes into play. For example, you may not want skylights in a bedroom where natural light could disrupt sleep.
While skylights can be an excellent investment, they can be pricey. Discuss your budget goals with your roofing company to find the best option for your home. Some skylight installation projects may qualify for tax rebates or incentives to make the upgrade more affordable.
In conclusion, installing skylights can be beneficial. From increased natural light to improved ventilation, skylights can beautify the look and feel of your living space.
At Flynn Roofing, we’re happy to assess the condition of your roof and recommend skylight solutions that work for your needs in Newton, Wellesley, Dover, Hingham, Norwell, Needham, Cohasset, and Scituate.
Our experienced roofing technicians can help with fast, friendly, professional advice on custom skylight solutions. Contact us today to begin the conversation.