At Lindus Construction, we’re a fan of natural light for a multitude of reasons such as lower energy bills (up to 40% of your home’s energy use comes from artificial lighting), boosting mood & energy and its ability to make everything look better. With the weather turning colder and the days getting shorter, we thought we’d offer some ways to increase the natural light in your home.
Skylights: They come in a variety of sizes including square, triangle, oval, etc. They are a great way to evenly distribute natural light, eliminate direct sunlight & hotspots and add aesthetic appeal to your home. The federal government is currently offering tax credits of up to 30% on skylights. Companies such as VELUX even offer battery powered skylights that have rain sensors that automatically close the unit upon detection of rain.
Sun Tunnels: Located on your roof, they are optically engineered to capture light through a high impact dome on the roof. Light rays travel through a highly reflective tunnel, transmitting a pure natural light with no color shift. The diffuser assembly at the ceiling distributes natural light evenly into the room while limiting bright spots and glare.
Windows: No one enjoys cleaning windows, but a little Windex can go a long way to brighten up a room! Shear window treatments are better at allowing sunlight to filter through than opaque ones. This year, energy efficient windows are eligible for a Federal Tax Credit of up to $200, making this the optimum time to replace any windows with broken panes or those are that are leaking air.
Reflective Surfaces: The more reflective surfaces you have in your home, the greater the chances of sunlight boomeranging around the room. This can mean adding mirrors, cabinets with glass fronts and white paint to your walls, cabinets and ceiling. It’s surprising to know that matte paints do a better job of reflecting than glossy ones.
Room Layout: Keep furniture away from windows to allow for maximum sun infiltration into your home.
Doors: If you have a front door that currently does not have a window, switching it out for one that does is an easy way to bring more natural light into your home. French doors also allow for sunlight to filter in between rooms.
Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.