It seems hard to believe, but by the end of March, the sun will set at 7:39 p.m. After a crazy year and a winter with plenty of weather-related ups and downs, we can all use a little more air and light in our lives. Because of the COVID pandemic, Americans are also more focused than ever on air quality and ventilation. The good news is today’s gorgeous and efficient skylights not only drench your home in natural light; they can also improve air quality by circulating fresh air into your home. They can even help make your home more energy efficient by releasing warm air and adding life to your light bulbs.
What are Venting Skylights?
It’s common sense, but the EPA confirms that improved ventilation is one of the best ways to improve air quality in your home, along with air cleaners and decreasing emissions from appliances and other sources. Venting skylights can be opened or closed, allowing fresh air to circulate in your home, boosting ventilation beautifully. They can also be opened to release heat build-up or moisture.
Skylights have come a long way from the old-school plastic bubble skylights many of us are remember (and some of us still have in our homes). These cloudy plastic features don’t let much light through and are prone to leaks. Modern venting skylights have come so far, both in terms of esthetics and air quality, thanks to new technology.
Today’s venting skylights by manufacturers like Velux use airflow to regulate heat and moisture and remove odors and air pollutants. Venting skylights can be solar-powered, electric, or manual, depending on your needs and budget. Velux even offers smart skylights that monitor air quality, humidity and temperature automatically. They know when your house needs fresh air before you do.
Can Skylights Help Me Save Money On Energy Bills?
Skylights are becoming a fixture in today’s green homes. With proper installation, the right kind of skylight can help make your home more energy-efficient and save on heating and cooling costs. Some skylights can help warm your home in winter, saving on heating bills. Others have special layers of glass to reduce heat intake, helping cool your home in summer. Today’s sophisticated skylights can be programmed to release warm air on summer nights, reducing the need for air conditioning. The technology is fantastic.
Skylights can also reduce energy use and extend the life of your bulbs by letting natural light fill your home. Remember, those old school bubble skylights are efficient energy wasters–and don’t let through as much natural light. It makes sense to replace them with contemporary energy-efficient models.
Many modern venting skylights are also eligible for federal tax credits, especially those that use solar power. Talk with your contractor and your accountant about the best way to take advantage of tax benefits. The type of skylight you choose will depend on your home, your roof, and your energy needs. Your roofing contractor can help you choose the best type of skylight and install it in just the right place.
The Benefits of Natural Light
If you’re like us, March is the month where you really start to feel just a little bit lighter. The dark winter starts to fade, and natural light lifts our mood as we step outside and pull open the shades. In addition to helping you save on lighting costs, it brings us joy and reduces stress. Many of us are still working and learning from home, and natural light can create a more positive and productive environment. Studies show that natural light positively impacts our metabolism and can even help with sleep and weight loss. Getting more natural light into your home is a win, and 21st Century windows and skylights help us do it without losing energy efficiency. Adding a skylight or replacing an outdated model is often quicker and less expensive than you might think.
At DryHome, a premiere Velux dealer, our team includes skylight experts and a fabulous line of Velux products that are gorgeous, efficient, and promote air quality. Our team knows exactly how and where to install for maximum impact while protecting and preserving your roof. We’ll also help you select the perfect skylight, considering the features you need and your budget. A home that’s healthier, more beautiful, and more energy-efficient–what’s not to love?