Skylights aren’t only windows in the ceiling, they are a portal to sunny blue skies, energetic rainstorms and enchanting starry nights. By allowing the sun to flow into living spaces they provide the healing powers and mood enhancing benefits of natural light. Natural light has been proven to increase mood and productivity as well as reduce stress and anxiety. With the ability to provide up to five times as more light as a standard wall window of the same size, skylights drastically reduce the need for artificial light. The benefits of skylights aren’t just for the homeowner’s well-being, they extend to the look and feel of the home as well. Their inherent construction opens up the canopy of a room making it appear bright, open and spacious.
For all of their given benefits, there are a couple of drawbacks, but not to worry as there is always a solution. Heat loss can be a major concern when it comes to skylights. As hot air rises, skylights have the ability to lose about 40% more heat than a wall window. The combination of heat rising and the skylight being exposed to the potentially frigid night air is the perfect recipe for a higher heating bill as you strive to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Just as heat can be lost, it can be gained just as easily. This can be extremely unwelcome in the blistering summer months when it seems like the only focus is to stay cool. Skylights may gain up to four times as much heat as a wall window. This heat gain will surely be battled with an uptick in air conditioner usage, once again making those energy bills increase.
Another obstacle skylights present is the sharp stream of UV light directed into a concentrated area in the home day after day. It may be a richly painted wall, an antique area rug, wall to wall carpeting, or hardwood floors. That much light focused on certain interior surfaces is sure to create unwanted discoloration and damage.
Fortunately, there is one solution to all of these problems! Don’t worry, it isn’t to go through the headache of installing a fancy new skylight with specialty film or even one which contains inert gases between layers of glaze to prevent heat loss and gain. It’s simple, really, just by ordering a shade for the skylight, like every other window in the home, all of these concerns will be addressed.
Skylight shades are made of an insulating cellular material which regulates heat to maintain a more controlled interior temperature. Keeping the heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer, cellular shades are a just what a skylight needs. In addition to temperature control, skylight shades are also helpful with light control. They diffuse direct light when needed, preventing damage from severe UV rays, but can also be opened completely to expose the sky. If not covered, skylights in the bedroom are enough to drive any light sensitive sleeper crazy, but with a blackout skylight shade, a deep dark sleep is just a dream away.
With skylights being located on the ceiling, there is an obvious concern about how to operate a shade once it’s installed. For standard shades, this is easily done by use of an extension pole that is ordered at the same time as the shade. There are even motorized skylight shades which are simply operated by the touch of a button. With the motorized skylight shades, there is even the option to harness the power of the sun to operate the shades. A small solar panel turns the sunlight into the energy needed to open and close the shade.
Skylights really are an architectural benefit to the home. The exposure of the natural light that they provide is good for the mind, body, soul and environment. With easy to order and install cellular shades, any potential negatives of a skylight can be simply managed and overcome.
Go wish upon a star, then close the shades and get a fabulous night’s sleep!
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