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3 Ways Skylights Help Save The Environment

graphic with the caption 3 Ways Skylights Help Save The Environment

Quick, turn out the lights! Why? Because your new skylights provide ample, natural daylight inside your Norwood-area home. If you want to help Mother Earth, skylights are a practical, affordable way to help save the environment. 

Are Skylights Energy-Efficient?

We admit it; we are biased in favor of skylights expertly installed by our roofers. So consider an independent voice. The federal Energy Star program has this to say about skylights and energy efficiency: “When properly selected and installed, an energy-efficient skylight can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs.” 

Skylights are energy efficient because they allow for abundant, free, natural daylight to replace your electric lights. You also benefit from natural convection and ventilation by selecting skylights that can open on hot days. 

How Do Skylights Help the Environment?

Skylights achieve three environmentally-friendly goals:

  • Skylights save energy generation needed for heating and cooling
  • Skylights and sun tunnels contribute to a healthier, cleaner home environment
  • Correctly installed, modern skylights cut down on your energy bills

Reducing our country’s energy demands means fewer fossil fuels are burned to generate electricity through the grid. Cutting back on HVAC use means your indoor air quality is better, and skylights have been shown to boost mood and health. Passive heat gain from skylights helps you rely less on your heating system in cold months. 

One skylight introduces up to three times the amount of light into your home as a same-sized vertical window. No need to turn on electric lights, even on overcast days! In general, natural daylight is about 100 times brighter than the lighting we artificially create with electricity in our homes. 

Can Skylights Save Money on Utility Bills?

When properly installed and oriented for maximum daylighting, a skylight reduces your energy bill in two ways: 

  • You need fewer electric lights on inside your home, even on cloudy days
  • Passive solar heating through a skylight can give your HVAC system rest on cold days

Add a skylight with the option to open it for ventilation and reduce your cooling load in summer. The best contractor to tackle skylight installation is a roofer, not a handyman service. Roofers have the know-how to cut a hole in your roof, install the skylight, and prevent roof leaks

Please connect with us today at O’LYN Roofing to learn more about our expertise in installing and maintaining skylights for your Norwood-area home. We have more than 40 years of experience in residential roofing!