There’s something about natural light that transforms a house into a warm and welcoming home. From a bright and breezy bedroom to a light-filled stairwell, every room in your house shines just that little bit more with the help of the sun’s rays.
Windows might seem like a tricky addition to an existing space, but there might be a simple solution right above you. Skylights are an easy and effective way to add more light to your home. You’ve probably seen the impacts of skylights on shows like The Block - they can instantly elevate your home, giving it a more high-end feel, making it more sustainable and help keep your family in comfort all year round. Not sure if they might be right for you? Here are four good reasons to consider adding a skylight to your home.
Improve energy efficiency:
Installing a skylight is a simple way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. All of that warm natural light helps to brighten any space, meaning you’ll have less need to flick the lights on inside during the day. Also, as the temperature drops outside, the winter sun streaming in through the roof provides natural heating. By reducing your family’s need to use artificial lighting and heating, you can lower your energy bills without even trying.
When it comes to letting the light in, you also get a lot of bang for your buck – a skylight can let in more than three times as much light as a same-sized window. Just remember that skylights should be correctly installed to avoid the possibility of drafts or excess heat (which can undo your efficiency gains).
Freshen the air
Skylights are also a clever way to help you maintain a healthy home. Natural light can improve your indoor air quality by killing nasties like bacteria and mold which can be harmful to your family. As a bonus, exposure to sunlight boosts your body’s vitamin D, which plays an important role in helping you maintain good health. An opening skylight also helps to improve your home’s ventilation, letting fresh air in and circulating clean air through your home.
Many of the materials used to make skylights, such as glass and aluminium, are recyclable and can also be made from recycled content. So, you can make a responsible choice and improve your home’s sustainability in more ways than one. It helps to speak to a specialist about which materials are suitable for your home as there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. You can use our network of local experts to find a tradie close to you.
Make your home look great
Skylights add an unmistakable wow factor to any room in your home, adding light to the area and bathing the space in the warm glow of the sun. By drawing the eyes towards the sky, they naturally add extra height to the space and make even the smallest of rooms feel larger. They also come in a range of shapes, sizes and varieties, giving you an extra opportunity to add your touch of style to a room. They’re a modern-day luxury that’s a must-have for any sustainable home.