Accessorize your home’s skylights
Spruce up the room, brighten up the house
Few things can make a room seem more contemporary or inviting than a skylight. Typically, a skylight creates a relaxing mood, brightening up an otherwise dark room while creating a sense of leisure.
However, depending on the season, a skylight can prove more trouble than it’s worth. Despite its aesthetic appeal, a skylight can come back to haunt homeowners who live in areas where summer temperatures are especially warm. In such instances, skylights can allow far too much heat into a room, making it seem less like an oasis and more like an attic each time the mercury rises another notch. Fortunately, homeowners can accessorize their skylights to ensure they get all the beauty of a skylight but few, if any, of the headaches.
Ventilation: homeowners can install ventilating skylights that can be opened when temperatures indoors become too hot to handle. As most people remember from grade school science class, hot air rises. With a ventilating skylight, the light can be opened to allow some of that hot air to escape the room. This is especially valuable during the daytime when no one’s home. Rather than arriving home to a stuffy home, keep your skylight open a crack before leaving in the morning and the room will be a lot more comfortable when you arrive home.
Put the blinders on: Much like ordinary windows, skylights can come with blinds or shades to keep the sun out when the weather gets too warm. The benefits of these are two-fold. While they keep the sun out on especially hot afternoons, they can also be used throughout the year to minimize the damaging effects the sun can have on your furniture when it’s exposed to too much sun. Fading is common on furniture that sits under a skylight all day. You can stretch the life of your furniture out simply by shading your skylights or closing their blinds.
Protect against the elements: In the case of ventilating skylights, homeowners always run the risk of leaving them open while they’re away only to have unforeseen rain storms arrive and allow water into your home. However, ventilating skylights can include weather sensors that will automatically shut the skylights should Mother Nature decide to surprise you.