Natural light can do wonders for the atmosphere and mood of a room. It’s an easy way to illuminate a room and even provide a mood boost while also adding an elegant aesthetic to your home. An easy way to take advantage of natural light is through skylights. Sun tunnel skylights are reflective tunnels that allow light to enter a room without exposing a view to the outside. Here are just a few benefits of sun tunnel skylights:
1. Versatile Placement
Because sun tunnels have a tube shape, instead of a flat window, they can bring a splash of natural light into rooms or areas that would be hard or impossible to reach with a normal skylight. When other skylights are not practical, sun tunnels can be the perfect fit! This means if you want to illuminate a closet, attic, hallway, bathroom, or even a laundry room with natural light, you can do it with sun tunnels.
Sun tunnels come in two model types – flexible and rigid. Rigid sun tunnels work great for a straight roof-to-room application or installations where there are no obstructions. Flexible sun tunnels allow you to work a tunnel around any obstructions and still get light where you need it. The polished, reflective interior of the tubes ensures the light stays bright and reaches the areas it’s supposed to.
2. Smaller Footprint
When it comes to installation, sun tunnels tend to be a little easier than other skylights. They’re smaller than window-type skylights and, due to their tubular shape, they don’t need as much space to be installed. They don’t open to allow for ventilation, so it’s not necessary for them to have as much space as a skylight does, which minimizes the amount of space they take up on your roof.
Sun tunnels, also referred to as sun tubes or tubular skylights, are popular for “green” building projects due to their smaller footprint. Installation does get a little more complicated and more expensive when you are traveling through multiple floors. However, an experienced contractor can easily help you through it.
3. Energy Efficiency
Allowing natural light into your home means you use less electrical lighting, which cuts down on your overall energy usage. Sun tunnels also will produce less heat than electric lighting, so they don’t affect the temperature inside your home and won’t make your heating and cooling system work harder to maintain a constant temperature. A sun tunnel, even though it is an addition to your roof, is built to minimize heating and cooling loss throughout the seasons. When installed correctly, you can rest assured that you won’t have to worry about air leaks.
If you’re considering sun tunnels for your home, contact Zephyr Thomas at 717-399-4708 for a free consultation or stop by our showroom!