Skylights - Let The Sun Shine In!

By Dan Marshall of Innovative Skylights & Attics

You can add enjoyment and lasting value to your home with natural, efficient sunlight. Skylights and sun tunnels will not only improve your view, but can also provide fresh air and ventilation where needed.

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Sun tunnels provide light in this remodeled kitchen.
Photo courtesy of Innovative Skylights & Attics

 
Skylights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are several options to consider when choosing a skylight. Fixed skylights which cannot be opened (non-venting) are perhaps best suited for a cathedral ceiling or a dark space where venting is not needed. Manual venting skylights should be reachable and are best for spaces where ventilation is desired. However, manual venting skylights can be accidently left open and rain can get in. Newer models of skylights are solar powered. These skylights have the advantage of not needing to be hardwired and have rain sensors which automatically detect rain and self-close.

In addition to being an architectural boost, skylights can help lower your energy bill. Properly placed, homes can stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Sun tunnels are 60% more energy efficient than traditional skylights. Sun tunnels provide more options than traditional skylights. They can be installed in areas that are not suitable for traditional skylights such as bathrooms, closets, hallways and offices since they require less space and can fit around various obstructions. We have even brought them into a first floor room in a two floor home! Now that’s an option you can’t get with traditional skylights! Sun tunnels can be installed with a light kit so that they function as the primary light fixture of a room, providing natural sunlight during the day and electrical lighting at night. The lights can be connected to a fan as well. If you happen to crave a little darkness, shades are available to block light for both skylights and sun tunnels.

It is important to determine the position of your skylights or sun tunnels to maximize natural light and energy efficiency. If you live in a windstorm area we recommend IMPACT skylights and sun tunnels which have been tested and are compliant with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).

When planning your new home or the remodel of your current one, take some time to consider skylights and sun tunnels as a beautiful enhancement that also provides comfort to you and your family while conserving the energy we all share.

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.

 
GHBA_RCThe Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.

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