How Skylights Effect Energy Efficiency
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How Skylights Effect Energy Efficiency

Living in Minnesota, you know all too well the spike in energy costs throughout the volatile months. However, there’s only so much your exterior, like your siding or your roof, can do to keep the energy bills down.

If you’re looking to reduce energy bills to combat extreme weather in Minnesota, you’ll be surprised by one of the best solutions — skylights. These amazing windows are the powerful energy saver you haven’t thought of. Skylights can increase your energy efficiency in both the hot and cold months.

Here’s how skylights can help you cut down on your energy costs!

Passive Lighting

You may not think of it often, but it takes quite a few lights to illuminate your home's nooks and crannies. Installing lighting and having electricity run energy at certain parts of the day will certainly add up in energy costs over time.

That’s where the skylight window’s passive lighting comes into play!

Passive lighting is all about fueling your house with natural light from the sun’s rays. Minnesota has, on average, around 200 days of sunshine per year. Skylight windows can help you cash in on that sunlight, even on cloudy days, since they are meant to shine down on the interior of your home, much like a lightbulb.

This will save you a ton of money down the road as you won’t need to waste energy having lights on in your home throughout the day.

Passive Ventilation

During a heatwave, you know that keeping your house airtight is crucial in keeping the hot air out and your A/C’s cool air in. However, after an early autumn rain cools everything down, you will want to take advantage of the crisp air and ventilate your home.

When you take advantage of skylights’ usefulness in passive ventilation, you can achieve maximum ventilation on those cool days without having to run your energy-sucking HVAC systems.

A Source Warmth in the Winter

When the temperature starts to drop and snow begins to blow in, you utilize everything you have to keep your house warm for a decent price. Skylight windows can capture all the heat from the sun they possibly can during the winter, taking a load off of your heating systems and keeping more money in your pocket.

Sunlight and Shade in the Summer

In the summertime, Velux skylights possess the ability to remotely turn on a shaded mode. This shade mode allows light to still come through while deflecting the heat away from the interior of your home.

When you want the highest-quality skylight, Velux is an excellent option. You’ll be able to harness the power of sunlight during the winter. Then when you want to avoid too much heat coming into your home during the summer, the shade mode allows you complete temperature control. This way, you can save money on your utility bills throughout the year.

Natural Light Benefits

Natural light in your home is often preferable to harsher artificial light. Not only does natural light help make your home more energy efficient, but it can also help with your mood. Having more sunlight throughout the year is vital. Plus, the natural lighting looks great when you want to take pictures or just enjoy the look of your home.

Install Your Skylights With Apple Exteriors

Curious about skylights and wondering which option would work best for your home? The Apple Exteriors team is happy to help you find the right brand and type of skylight.

If you want to take advantage of the energy-saving benefits of your skylight windows, contact Apple Exteriors. Schedule a free inspection online or give us a call at 651-36-APPLE (651-362-7753) today!

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