Most interior design experts agree that the more natural lighting that enters your home, the warmer and more appealing its ambiance. While windows do an alright job of allowing natural light in, skylights give you more options for allowing natural lighting to flood your home. At the same time, skylights can reduce your dependency on artificial lighting, heating and cooling systems, and save you money on your utility bills. As a result, your home is more sustainable and eco-friendlier.
Benefits of Having Skylights in Your Home
Skylights can be installed in virtually any room in your home. The natural light they allow in enhances the atmosphere throughout the house. No matter where you put skylights in your home, the benefits are the same.
Reduced Need for Artificial Lighting
Obviously, one of the biggest benefits of having skylights is your decreased need for artificial lighting throughout the day, and at night when the moon is full and bright, you won’t need to turn on the lights then, either.
Controlled Lighting Source
Skylights come with some additional equipment that makes them extremely versatile. They often include blinds and/or covers so you can control how much light enters your house and when. If the sun entering a skylight is too hot, simply close the blinds to block it out.
Another benefit of having a skylight is that you can choose what angle it faces to increase or decrease the amount of light and heat that enters your home. Flat skylights let in the most natural light, while angled skylights reduce the amount of light and heat that comes into your home.
Passive Heating Source
Since skylights allow for direct sun exposure, you can heat rooms naturally simply by opening the skylight’s blinds. Even on cold days, if the sun is shining, you can heat a room significantly simply by allowing the skylight to do its job, thus reducing the need to run your furnace.
Skylights reduce your need for natural lighting and decrease your dependency on your home’s heating/cooling systems. As such, you reduce the impact running your home has on the environment. As a result, your home is eco-friendlier, and you save money each month on your utility bills.