Skylights are a growing trend in the world of architecture and for good reason. These "windows for your roof" serve many functions, both aesthetic and practical, and their benefits are numerous. Here are just two that homeowners should consider:
Energy efficiency of Skylights
Skylights can help you save on your utility bill. By using the sun’s natural light, you can decrease your use of electric lighting during daylight hours. This is also great for the environment as the sun is a renewable and pollution-free source of energy.
There are also electric skylights that can decrease the amount of air conditioning required to keep your house cool. These use a chimney effect. Warm air will circulate out of the room if as it rises over cool air, keeping the cooler, more dense air inside.
Visual Aspects of Skylights
Use of skylights is a great idea to harness natural lighting and add an open concept to the rooms of your home while still maintaining privacy. Natural light is not only a more energy efficient means of electricity but adequate usage can provide even more brightness and beauty to a room than electric lighting.
Skylights create a feeling of openness which helps with the fact that many people are buying smaller homes. They do not actually create more space but instead give an illusion of it, helping eliminate the claustrophobic feeling that can often accompany small quarters.
While windows provide many of these same benefits, they do take away your feeling of privacy. Skylights can be used in bedrooms and bathrooms that are facing high traffic areas or neighbors' homes in order to provide openness without forsaking privacy.
Whether you are looking to decrease the amount of electricity you are using or you simply enjoy the appeal of natural light, skylights offer many benefits and can be a fantastic addition to your home. Cribbs Inc. can provide an estimate and answer any questions about whether skylights are right for you, along with providing quality installation and craftsmanship should you choose to move forward with the addition. Contact us today to learn more!