Skylights are a great way to up the “wow” factor in your home. They add natural light, ventilation, and save money on your energy costs. In this article, we’ll look at the benefits of adding a skylight to your room, as well as the rooms they work best in.
Skylight Location, is there a Best Place?
If you are looking for a home remodeling project that will bring the “wow” factor to your home, a skylight is definitely a great choice! In addition to looking nice, it can also bring in more natural light to your room, help with ventilation, and can even save you money on your power bill.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the best rooms to install a skylight.
5 Best Places to Add a Skylight in Your Home
There are some rooms in your home that are ideal for adding a skylight. Let’s take a closer look:
A skylight in your bathroom is a great idea because it allows more natural light in and you don’t have to worry about anyone peeking in on you. You probably are aware that bathrooms contain a high amount of moisture. This can be bad and create mold, mildew, and eventually rot. Therefore, you might want to consider adding a venting skylight that can be opened to ventilate the room.
If you have tall ceilings, you might consider installing an electrical venting skylight so that you can flip the switch to vent. Either way, this option is better than a bathroom fan because they don’t require electricity to run. Some models have a rain sensor and will automatically close if it senses rain.
When you’re in the kitchen, preparing and cooking your meals, it helps to have overhead light for tasks such as peeling and chopping. You don’t want to work with a knife in the dark.
In addition to providing additional light, a skylight can help increase your wall space to add a cabinet or two.
A vented skylight is also great for kitchens because it brings in fresh air while you cook and releases any cooking odors, such as smoke from over-frying. Consider looking into “Fresh Air” skylights so that you can quickly and naturally release those cooking odors and warm, moist air.
The bedroom is likely the only room in your house that you’re looking at the ceiling most of the time that you are in it. Therefore, consider installing skylights so that instead of staring at the ceiling, you’ll be able to see the stars. Plus, you get the benefit of natural light without sacrificing privacy.
If you tend to wake up at the first crack of dawn or you have a swing shift sleeper in the home, you can add blackout blinds to block out most of the light. Most of these are controlled by remote, so you don’t have to worry about how to open/close them.
A converted attic, or loft conversion, is a great renovation, as it provides you with an additional room without paying for a full addition. Most of the time, these conversions need a skylight to bring in more light, unless there are already dormer windows in it. Since the ceiling is low, you can choose a skylight known as a roof window.
Additionally, the roof window will qualify as a point of emergency escape in most building codes.
Family Rooms/Bonus Rooms
These are the rooms where people typically go to relax and visit with each other, even when the weather is bad. However, you might want to choose a skylight with blinds so that you can control the light levels. You don’t want the sun baking you when you’re trying to take a nap on the couch or blinded when you’re trying to watch tv. You may also consider solar-powered skylight options. They don’t use electricity but will open when necessary for natural cooling.
Skylights are a great way to add character to your home. Some rooms are better suited for them than others. Consider adding skylights to your home. You’ll be glad you did. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation so we can help you determine what rooms you want to install your skylights in.