When people install skylights in their homes, it is often because they want to be able to look up and enjoy the sky from inside. This, alone, can be a good reason to install skylights. However, if you're looking for a little more inspiration to go ahead with the project, there are other benefits of skylights to consider.
Skylights help you wake up naturally in the morning.
As the sun rises in the sky, it starts to shine in the skylight and directly onto your face. This helps stimulate your biological clock so that you wake up more naturally. When you wake up to sunlight, you will feel less groggy and more energetic. Windows on the side of the home are not as effective at capturing this early sunlight.
Skylights help combat seasonal affective disorder.
Seasonal affective disorder is a condition in which people become depressed and moody in the winter. Although scientists and doctors do not fully understand the condition, it is thought to be related to the smaller amount of sunshine people are exposed to during this time. Having a skylight in your home will increase the amount of sunshine you're exposed to in the winter months. This can help combat SAD or at least reduce the severity of the symptoms you experience.
Skylights can provide some passive heating.
Sunlight is warm. If you have a skylight that lets some sunshine stream into your home during the winter, the area around the skylight will be a little warmer than the rest of the home. Not only does this give you a more comfortable, cozy place to cuddle up, but it can also reduce your heating costs. You may be able to keep your thermostat a degree or two lower once you have a skylight installed. Using less heat is good for your budget and for the planet.
Skylights can reduce electricity use.
When you have light streaming in from the ceiling, you won't have to turn on your lights as often. This will reduce your energy consumption over time. If you're trying to go green and produce more of your own energy, such as with a solar panel or windmills, adding a skylight can make this more feasible since you won't have to produce as much energy.
Skylights have a lot of benefits, including the ones above. Talk to a window installation contractor to learn more about fixed skylights.