As a homeowner, you naturally want to improve your property as much as you can. The right home improvements can boost resale value and maximize comfort levels for you and your family.
Recently, you may have heard (or seen) some debates about whether skylights are a good investment. Some financial gurus claim that skylights will significantly increase your home’s resale value. Others, however, assert that skylights create maintenance problems that cost a great deal to fix.
While the true cost varies as much as opinions, skylights affect more than your home’s resale value. When installed correctly, skylights offer all of the following benefits, which could outweigh the installation and maintenance costs for you and your family.
1. Improved Mood
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, affects approximately 4% to 6% of the adult population every year. During gloomy winter weather, those suffering from SAD often experience fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and weight gain.
Many experts believe this condition directly results from limited sunlight exposure and low levels of vitamin D. As a result, most doctors recommend light therapy to those with SAD.
Skylights, however, allow more natural light into your home, so you can absorb more of the sun’s rays each day without venturing out into inclement weather. If you have fair skin, you can spend as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day basking in the sunlight to create 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D.
As vitamin D boosts serotonin production (your feel-good hormone), extra time near your skylight could give your mood a boost as well.
2. Increased Visual Appeal
When shopping for homes, size does matter. However, many homeowners forget that buyers judge a property based on two types of size: physical measurements and visual space. While you might not have the means to physically expand the size of your home, you can affordably influence each room’s appearance.
Light and color create an optical illusion, affecting how big or small your house ultimately appears. Natural light and soft, bright colors visually recede into the background, creating an airy, open, and roomy effect. In contrast, dark colors and dim lighting create solid boundaries, so a room looks smaller and more cramped.
When you install a skylight into a dim area (such as a windowless bathroom or hallway), the natural light will visually open the space, making the ceiling seem higher and wider.
3. Greater Ventilation
During the summer, Chicago temperatures average 73 degrees Fahrenheit, though record highs can reach up to 105 degrees. As the weather warms, you and your family may try a variety of techniques to keep your home comfortable, from fans to air conditioners.
But if you want to save money on cooling, keep in mind that skylights can act as a passive source of air conditioning. Hot air rises toward the ceiling, and the skylight allows that heat to escape to the outdoors.
For even greater ventilation, combine your skylight with a ceiling fan. The ceiling fan will draw the hot air up to your skylight while pushing a fresh breeze down toward you and your family.
4. Better Privacy
Many homes in Chicago and the surrounding areas sit close together to maximize available space. While this snug arrangement means you have countless opportunities to make friends with your neighbors, it also means your neighbors may have multiple opportunities to peek into your windows.
Blinds, shades, and drapes can limit what passers-by see when they walk near your property, but these window treatments also limit your own view and keep natural light from reaching your home.
Skylights give you the benefit of natural light without sacrificing your privacy. As the windows sit high on your roof, they’ll be far above eye level, so you don’t have to worry about others seeing into your bathroom or bedroom. Additionally, when you look out your skylight window, you’ll have a beautiful view of the trees and sky instead of your neighbor’s home.
Talk to a Glass Expert About Installation
If you want to experience the benefits that skylights have to offer, talk to a glass expert about custom glass work. Your skylights will need to use tempered and laminated glass so it better resists impact. You’ll also want to invest in glass with specialized glazing (such as Low-E coatings) to reduce heat and UV ray absorption.