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FORT MILL, SC, July 10, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In today's homes, many of which are on small lots with close-by neighbors, privacy is sometimes hard to find without covering the windows. And privacy in bedrooms and bathrooms is not just a convenience, it's a necessity. What's the answer? Simply look up.
With venting skylights, homeowners can have not only privacy, but natural light from above plus fresh air and passive ventilation.
According to Joe Patrick, senior product manager for VELUX America, venting skylights provide those benefits and more. "In bathrooms especially," Patrick says, "venting skylights, with their natural chimney effect, reduce condensation build-up while providing a beautiful view of the sky above, without affording anyone the opportunity to see in. Plus you get the use of wall space where a window isn't necessary for decorating or another form of space utilization."
According to research from American Standard, skylights are selected as the number one option in "dream bathrooms." And modern, ENERGY STAR qualified skylights offer as many, or more, features for managing light than standard windows. For the ultimate in convenience, electric venting skylights are available with remote control, blinds, shades, awnings, insect screening and automatic rain sensors. There are also models available with electrochromic glass that can be darkened by remote control to reduce light and solar gain without restricting the view of the sky.
"And," Patrick says, "while homeowners are considering skylights, they should remember that venting skylights in the kitchen can release hot air and odors while providing more balanced light for brighter days and more pleasant cooking and dining."
Skylights also address important health considerations. One in five Americans suffers varying degrees of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition in which the symptoms can include depression and fatigue due to lack of sufficient daylight. Skylights can help by admitting abundant daylight while visually expanding rooms in any style or size home. And the venting exhaust effect mentioned earlier also removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other indoor air pollutants silently with no electric fan energy requirement.
Perhaps, for whatever reason, you can't use a traditional skylight. For simple, quick installation in areas where larger skylights may not be needed or just won't fit, a VELUX SUN TUNNEL skylight can easily provide abundant passive natural light in bathrooms, entry areas or hallways, pantries, walk-in closets or other smaller, confined areas. In addition to highly reflective rigid tunnels, they also offer flexible tunnels that easily fit around virtually any attic obstructions, such as HVAC equipment, from the roof to the ceiling. They are usually less expensive than traditional skylights and can be installed in a morning by a handy homeowner with basic tools.
For free information on the benefits of natural light and skylight selection, or for free house plans incorporating skylights, call 1-800-283-2831 or visit veluxusa.com. For government information on window and skylight energy efficiency visit energystar.gov, and for independent agency information visit nfrc.org or efficientwindows.org.
Image caption - Skylights provide privacy plus natural light and extra ventilation in bedrooms and bathrooms as well as other areas of the home
VELUX America Information Series No. 20/08/F - Title - Bedroom And Bathroom Skylights Provide Privacy... - Apx. 480 Words
Keith Hobbs - Business Services Associates, Inc. - 9413 Greenfield Drive -
Raleigh, NC 27615-2306 - Phone - 919.844.0064 - E-mail - [email protected]
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