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FORT MILL, SC, June 10, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Daylight and fresh air aren't really all that costly. But getting these enjoyable and healthy attributes into our homes effectively and efficiently may not be as simple as it may seem.
Opening vertical windows and using mechanical ventilation, such as fans, is one solution. Another is using quiet and free passive ventilation from the chimney effect provided by venting skylights working with those windows. That, and the abundant daylighting available through skylights, makes them attractive functionally in addition to the design elements and other advantages they bring to a home.
Modern skylights, such as Energy Star-qualified solar powered fresh air models, are as well made and as dependable as the best vertical windows. A national trade publication selected these skylights from VELUX America as the most innovative window from a large manufacturer in 2013. A leading consumer magazines picked them for a 2013 innovation award and another as one of the top 100 building products of 2013.
In addition to quality, value is there as well. A combination of a 30 percent federal tax credit, plus a $200 cash rebate direct from VELUX from now until August 15, 2014, make the numbers favor homebuyers. A venting fresh air model, with all the bells and whistles, including rain sensor and remote control, can be less expensive than a fixed skylight for either replacement purposes or for a new installation. Remote controlled solar powered blinds, as well as installation costs for both products, are also eligible for the federal tax credit.
Wisconsin builder, Tim O'Brien Homes, focuses on energy efficiency, water conversation, resource utilization and indoor air quality in their green-certified homes. O'Brien say they use VELUX skylights "to capitalize on natural fresh air being drawn into the home and to exhaust stale, contaminated air out of the home without mechanical ventilation."
The skylights carry a ten-year no leak warranty and feature Clean, Quite and Safe glass plus a touchpad remote unit that controls both the skylights and blinds. The highly energy efficient glass keeps the skylights cleaner and reduces outside noise.
Increase Energy Performance Ratings With Solar Powered Blinds
Adding solar powered blinds, available in designer colors and patterns, to the skylights further increases energy efficiency to reduce power bills. A blackout blind can improve the energy performance rating as much as 45 percent, a light filtering blind by as much as 39 percent, and a Venetian blind by as much as 34 percent.
To illustrate how skylights and blinds would look, room by room, in your home, there's a Skylight Planner App available. Just download it, take pictures of your rooms, and overlay skylight/blind combinations until you've found the perfect fit.
To learn more about skylights and the rebate, and to find a certified installer in your area, visit www.whyskylights.com or call 1-800-283-2831.
VELUX is the world leader in skylights and roof windows and is one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector. VELUX America products are available nationwide through home centers, building material suppliers, lumberyards, and independent door, window, or roofing retailers. Consumers can locate local suppliers and installers, and access information on skylight selection and the benefits of bringing more natural light and fresh air into the home by calling 1-800-283-2831 or visiting www.veluxusa.com or www.whyskylights.com. A Skylight Planner App is also available to assist homeowners to visualize skylights, room by room, in their own homes.
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