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Skylights In Winter
If your bracing for the coming five months of winter, gray skies and stuffy rooms, consider making a few changes to your home to beat the winter blues. Winter’s hard and it is a season when you don’t get enough light or fresh air, so why make some changes to your home and brighten your spirits this winter?
Have you ever heard the term daylighting? Daylighting refers to the practice of placing windows and reflective surfaces so that during the day natural light provides effective internal lighting. If you maximize the amount of light that enters your home, your visual comfort will increase and you’ll also reduce the use of electric lights, saving you money. So what can you do to apply the principles of daylighting in your existing home and do so before winter?
There are multiple ways to achieve this affect, including adding windows to your home, lowering, raising, or enlarging a window, or adding skylights to light interior spaces.
A revolutionary change in skylights over the years, is the introduction of operable skylights that bring fresh air into your home. Skylights have come a long way from simple fixed boxes or domes, today’s ‘intelligent’ skylights operate like high performance appliances.
Skylights or roof windows can be placed into a roof, either sloped or horizontal and are designed to provide daylighting and ventilation. Today’s skylights are made from dual pane, triple-coated with Lo-E3 dual-sealed glass providing you with energy efficiency and comfort. And Velux glass coating is designed to keep the glass clean, giving you a better view. Properly positioned skylights can be installed to avoid admitting direct sun on task surfaces or into your eyes by bouncing the light off white walls or adding appropriate climate controls to balance emitted light throughout the day. Basically, it is transmitting light where there was no light before – emitting natural light – and happiness - during those dark days of winter.
Velux “Fresh Air” Skylights can be opened and closed automatically or manually. And if you forget to close the skylight during inclement weather, a rain sensor will shut it for you. A remote control option allows you to preset your skylights to open and close automatically.
Velux skylights and roof windows can take the darkest room, of any size and shape, and brighten it while eliminating the harsh color shifts of incandescent and florescent lighting and reduce your winter electric bills. Adding skylights allows the full light spectrum or natural light to enter your room and the effect that has on you physically, emotionally and psychologically is well documented. Available in multiple designs, their Velux can accommodate multiple rooflines and the flat design provides a sleek look. Depending on your needs, skylights also come as fixed with a pre-finished white wood frame or vented models with either a manual rod for opening and closing or a solar powered remote option. If you’re interested in factory installed blinds complete with a built in solar panel power source, you’ll be able to control the amount of light you want and may qualify for a 30% Federal tax credit.
What spaces can you improve in your home by adding more natural light, your kitchen, the breakfast nook or maybe, your favorite corner near the fireplace? Can you imagine yourself enjoying natural light brightening up any of these spaces in your home? Winter is just around the corner. If you don’t want to live in darkness this winter, why not make a change, take action and check out Velux skylights and roof windows before winter arrives at your house?