Smart Remodeling for a Healthier Home

Smart Remodeling for a Healthier Home

By Dan Marshall of Innovative Skylights

A majority of Americans say having a healthy home is important to them (98 percent), and define such a space as one that has a calming atmosphere (91 percent), is energy efficient (93 percent) and is filled with natural light (92 percent) and fresh air (96 percent), according to a recent online survey among homeowners conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of VELUX® skylights.

If you are planning to remodel a home, the addition of sunlight and fresh air should be considered as ways to improve indoor air quality for a healthier home and better well-being.

Skylights in a home.

Bring in light and fresh air to your bathroom with skylights. Photo courtesy of Innovative Skylights.

Proper ventilation is necessary to allow for air movement to control indoor humidity and greatly reduce airborne contaminants, which can be very unhealthy. High indoor humidity encourages mold growth.  Indoor airborne contaminants come from appliances that burn gas and certain chemicals used in construction such as carpets, glues, paint and particle boards.

When remodeling, adding skylights to the project plan not only improves your homes looks and energy efficiency but adds natural lighting, ventilation options and comfort. After all, skylights are windows that let in fresh air after cooking and cleaning, or allow you to enjoy the smells and sounds of the seasons removing the boundaries between inside and outside.

This summer, VELUX®, the world leader in skylights, will be offering a new smart technology by Netatmo, VELUX®Active, where homeowners have control over their indoor climate on new or existing skylights. This home automation makes it even easier to have a healthy indoor climate. The smart sensor will automatically monitor your home’s temperature, humidity and CO2 levels. According to the local weather, the system will air out three times a day for a healthier home. In addition, VELUX INTEGRA® blinds will close proactively based on the local weather forecast. The skylights and blinds can be operated with a smartphone.

VELUX Skylights

VELUX Skylights add natural light to any room. Photo courtesy of Innovative Skylights.

If you are planning to remodel, consider adding skylights to transform your home into a brighter, healthier environment by letting in more natural light and fresh air.

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.  To reach the author directly, email dan@innovativeskylights.com. For more 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. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.

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