Skylights provide natural lighting where windows usually can’t. They are also a great way to make your home more eco-friendly. In this blog, roofing contractor Genesis Roofing examines how skylights benefit green homes.
Reduced Reliance on Artificial Daytime Lighting — Take a quick look around your home, paying attention to areas that require electrical lighting even during the day. Imagine how they would look if skylights are installed. Skylights remove your reliance on artificial daytime lighting and also eliminates the need to replace lightbulbs when they burn out. While LED lighting has made a big impact in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency, skylights provide an unlimited and free source of daytime lighting. For areas that are too tight for skylights, consider solar tubes, also known as sun tunnels.
Controlled Lighting — Skylights provide more control over how a room is lit. Retractable shades and skylight covers let you reduce the amount of light that gets into the room, which can be useful when you’re working on your computer and need to reduce the glare, or when you need to get some sleep during the day. The good news is, you don’t have to wait for the next roof replacement to have new skylights installed.
Passive Heating — Homes located in mostly-cold climates can benefit from the free heating brought by direct sunlight. Skylights can help reduce the room’s heating requirements and help you save on your energy costs. If you would rather not have solar heat getting into your home, no problem: choose skylights with low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ratings.
Improved Sustainability — The less you rely on your HVAC system and electrical lighting, the less energy your home consumes. This can help reduce the fuel consumed by your utility company to generate electricity. Also, the less light bulbs you use, the less waste materials your home generates, all of which ultimately lead to a smaller carbon footprint.
Genesis Roofing is your leading provider of skylight installation and roof repair services. Give us a call at (515) 200-1973 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Des Moines, IA, and surrounding areas.