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ImageGetting natural light in the home has many benefits.  Many new homes now days are taking natural lighting into account in the design stage.  Adding skylights to the home is one way this is being accomplished.   Whether your home is new or existing you can benefit from a skylight.   The US Department of Energy says “When properly selected and installed, an energy-efficient skylight can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs.”  Adding skylights now to your home has at least four benefits.

 

In case you didn’t know what a skylight is Merriam-Webster Dictionary has a definition:

 

“an opening in a house roof or ship’s deck that is covered with translucent or transparent material and that is designed to admit light”

Benefit #1Comfort

 

Recent developments in skylight design provide daylighting without daytime heat gain or nighttime heat loss.  Manufacturers use various glazing technologies to the impacts of the heat of the sun and cold air.  This includes including heat-absorbing tints, insulated glazing, and low-emissivity (low-e) coatings.

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Solar Tubes are one example of a type of Skylight

Benefit #2Less Artificial Light More Energy Savings

 

Skylights provides the interior of your home with the warmth and illumination of natural daylight. This enlivens a home.  At the same it cuts down the need for artificial light reducing costs associated with lighting.  Skylights can brighten up dark corners and let in warmth to the home.

Benefit #3Maintenance

 

Once installed skylights are maintenance free.  Nothing more to say!

Benefit #4Rebates

 

Skylights that contribute towards keeping  your home’s temperature consistent may be eligible for federal tax credits.   Read more about federal tax credits for energy-efficient improvements.  Energy Star recognizes the value of skylights when making a home more energy efficient.  Use this “Special Offer/Rebate Finder” from Energy Star to find specific rebates or special offers from your local utility provider.

By considering such factors as heat losses and gains, solar gains, and infiltration and ventilation, you can minimize the problems skylights pose while enjoying the benefits.  A more comfortable home, natural sunlight, low maintenance, energy savings and rebates make skylights a worthy consideration for your home.

 

Solaro-Day-Skylight-comparisonSmart Energy Today, Inc.™ is a certified installer of solar tube skylights featured in the company’s Smart Light Series™.  The company also specializes in traditional insulation, radiant barriers, solar powered attic fans and a variety of efficient solar products.

Smart Energy Today, Inc.™ is located in Olympia and serves all of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Pennsylvania.  The company features products that are durable and maintenance-free, saving you money and making your home or business warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Smart Energy Today, Inc.™ is proud of its SETI Logo 150 Pixel Testsuperior products and service and always strives for positive reviews.