The Benefits and Drawbacks of Skylights
Look up at the sky, from the comfort of inside your New Hampshire home.
A skylight can be a great way to add beauty and light to your New Hampshire home. You can enjoy the view of the moon and stars at night and have the benefit of natural sunlight throughout the room during the day. There are many benefits that skylights can offer to your home, though as with anything else, there are a few drawbacks to be prepared for. Before you start your skylight project, here are the benefits and drawbacks you’ll want to know.
Benefit: More Natural Light
Natural sunlight has been shown to have a number of benefits. It can boost your mood, help you focus during the day so that you sleep better at night, and give you more energy. It’s also a softer light than electric lighting, so it brightens the room in a gentle way. And as it’s coming from above, it’s more even than light coming from a window along the wall. Finally, natural light helps you to rely less on your electricity to light the room during the day, so you’ll save on your energy bills and even lower your carbon footprint for the home as a whole.
Drawback: Energy Loss
While skylights offer energy efficiency in that they can add light to the room without electricity, they may in fact raise your energy bill in other ways, especially if installed improperly. Heat from inside your home can escape through the skylight, or cold air can leak inside. You’ll need the right installation crew to ensure that the seal is as tight as possible. They can also discuss options like double-pane windows or other energy efficient options to make up for the energy lost from the skylight.
Benefit: Solar Heating
Colder months in New Hampshire can be quite cold, and your skylight may be able to help. If you choose a skylight with a high solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), it will let in more heat from the sun, which may help to warm the home — or at least, the room — even in the midst of chillier weather. Here again, if you can warm your room naturally, you won’t have to rely quite as heavily on your HVAC system to do so.
Drawback: Solar Heating
The downside is that you can’t just turn off that solar heating when summer comes around. If your skylight has a high SHGC rating in winter, it will be high in summer. So when the weather’s already quite warm, the solar heat coming from your skylight can begin to feel stuffy and stifling. You can, however, find shades or a blind designed for skylights to protect your home from this in the summer.
Benefit: Beautiful Views
The views are a final reason to have a skylight installed in your home. Whether you’re watching the stars or looking up at the moon, or enjoying the patter of rain against the glass panes in the midst of a storm, this is a great way to enjoy the look of nature from the comfort of home. This is why skylights are a popular choice for bedrooms and living rooms. The views they offer can also help add a sense of mood to a room.
Skylights have much to offer your home, but are they the right choice for you? Contact Jancewicz & Son today for more information or a free quote.