Why use skylight blinds?


I ran across a blog this week by a well-known home decorating retailer.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We’ve had many calls recently from clients who have skylights and are now experiencing the “heat”.

Skylights are horizontal windows usually placed on the roof, often used for daylighting.  Daylighting means… the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that during the day… natural light replaces internal lighting… therefore, saving energy dollars.  (Except for certain climates and latitudes and depending on whether you live north of the Tropic of Cancer or south of the Tropic of Capricorn, etc., etc).  

And Kansas/Missouri is one of those exceptions.  It can be really cold in the winter and really hot in the summer.  So, if you’re finding out that your skylight is actually increasing your energy bills instead of lowering them… we have the solution…. “

While I completely understand that they are just trying to sell their product, I have
take this chance to debunk this skylight myth…

If you have appreciable heat or cold gain near your skylight, please consider this…
 the skylight itself is outdated and/or inefficient and needs to be replaced.  

Liken your skylight to your windows…if you replace your old windows with  highly energy
efficient windows, the heat or cold you feel through will them will be dramatically reduced.  It’s
the same with skylights.

Today’s VELUX skylights are Energy Star rated for every climate.  There is no location
(as the blog above states) 
where you should expect your skylight to make your room hot or cold.

With VELUX, blinds and shades are used to CONTROL light in the room…with the right skylight, you will no longer worry about heat or cold gain in the room.

Give me a call and I’d be happy to tell you all about the VELUX blinds and shades we offer for all of our skylights. 

Jeff