On average, Australian households use about 19KWH of electricity per day. In financial terms that’s almost $2500 a year. If you’re a homeowner you’re undoubtedly looking for a way to reduce that number and make your home more energy efficient.
Experts agree, one of the more effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to install skylights. It’s worth noting though that it’s important to install the correct type of skylights. At Belle Skylights, we offer a range of energy-efficient options such as VELUX skylights and Solatube that not only look great but they’re also exceptionally budget-friendly!
Energy-Efficient Skylights – What they Are and Why You Need Them
Installing skylights is a wonderful way to introduce natural light into your home. Installing the correct product type will also steer you toward the energy efficient home you’ve always dreamed of. But why does it matter which skylights you install? Read on to find out!
A Look into The Energy-Efficiency of VELUX Skylights and Roof Windows
VELUX skylights are essentially flat roof windows that allow natural daylight and fresh air to stream into your home through your roof. Available with manual, electric and solar-powered operating systems, these types of roof window are most definitely an energy-efficient option.
Since VELUX’s roof windows are energy efficient, they are naturally built to have a low U-factor. A window’s U-factor refers to the window’s performance in transmitting non-solar heat energy. The lower a window’s U-factor, the more energy efficient the skylight is. VELUX roof windows have an impressive U-factor of 2.5.
VELUX windows also have a metallic coating called Low-E chemically bonded to the glass. This coating protects against excessive heat gain and fading and reduces the skylight U-factor. It’s worth noting that VELUX skylights and roof windows have a triple layer of Low-E which greatly reduces the U-factor.
You may have noticed that your regular windows let in heat or cold throughout the year which, however, all VELUX skylights come standard with Argon gas which provides better insulation. This in turn reduces the need to switch on an electrical heating or cooling system. These insulated windows are often referred to as “double pane” glass, so be sure to ask for it when you’re discussing your quote!
Solatube Has Energy-Efficient Designs That Can Bring Light into Even Your Darkest Rooms
Different to VELUX’s roof window design, Solatube offers a range of energy-efficient tubular skylights. The patented design of Solatube products can efficiently bring daylight into some of your home’s darkest rooms where you may currently only have artificial light sources.
Solatube offers a patented daylight capturing dome lens that redirects low-angle daylight to create maximum light capture. A plus here is that this type of skylight can provide consistent daylighting throughout the day, no matter the angle of the sun.
If you opt for the Solatube Smart LED system, your Solatube LED lights will be switched on once the sun goes down. Since the Solatube absorbs and reflects a maximum amount of light, impressive energy savings can be achieved! With varied sizes available, you’ll find the right size for every room needed.
Location, Location, Location
If you want to effectively control the indoor climate of your home, you need to not only choose quality products with low U-factors but also consider location. Your Belle Skylights consultant will advise you of the most energy efficient place to put your skylights.
Interestingly, some thoughtful consideration and analysis go into choosing the right location. It’s not just about installing them where they look good. Your installer will consider factors such as the direction your home faces as well as trees and buildings that might affect the amount of daylight your home receives on an average day.
How Do You Get the Most Energy Efficient Skylight Installed?
In addition to choosing the best brand and location for your home, it’s also necessary to have your skylights professionally installed. Trust us when we say this shouldn’t be a DIY job. An accredited Belle Skylights installer will identify the best location for maximum energy efficiency. They’ll also ensure the skylights are water-tight!
Having your skylights professionally installed will go a long way toward you achieving your goal of creating a more energy efficient home! Get your QUOTE TODAY! Simply call us on 1300 168 374.