In today’s frantic world where the cost of energy rises as quickly as the atmosphere’s temperature, everyone is serious in finding ways to conserve energy. Fortunately, via simple means like installing skylights on your home, you’ll be able to effectively keep cool. Lee Wallender’s article for About.com discusses skylights, its benefits, and its easy yet intricate installation. According to Wallender, more than luxury, skylights are necessary for homes, and one reason is that it provides natural light in dark rooms inside the house during the day. He writes,
I believe that skylights are far more than just a “luxury”; skylights are a necessity for almost every home. In many ways I find it peculiar that more home builders do not install skylights as standard operating procedure. Because of this, homeowners are forced to retro-fit skylights into their home.
The greatest benefit of skylights is their ability to lighten up your home, ridding the need to turn on your electric lamps and lights. If you live in Columbus, Ohio where there are only 175 sunny days per year and the rest may require you to turn on your lighting during the day, skylights are necessary structural elements. You can install them above areas in the house that are always occupied, or in certain cases, you can use them specifically for indoor sunbathing or as a primary type of windows in your sunroom.
Skylights may not be too beneficial during the July high, which reaches 85 degrees in Columbus. However, considering the cold climate in the region, this is an annual opportunity for sunlight most families are looking forward to during summer. Skylight installation can be done by window installers, but given that these skylights are typically installed on the roof, experts on roof installation and roof repair in Columbus, Ohio like Muth & Company Roofing can definitely do the job well.
You can decide to install a protector for your skylights to prevent debris from accumulating on its surface, or people working on the roof from accidentally stepping on the fragile glass. The glass panes can be coated with low-e coating to increase their heat and light reflectivity, eventually increasing your home’s efficiency. During roof maintenance, ask your reputable Columbus roof repair experts to also check your skylights to keep them in tiptop shape throughout the year.
(Article Information and Image from Skylights: Learn Skylight Basics Before You Install, About.com)