Roofing and Skylights are Happier Together

A newly purchased Marin County home was in need of a new roof and brighter interior spaces. While it had existing traditional VELUX Skylights in good condition, the homeowners wanted to add four VELUX SUN TUNNELs.

This photo shows the existing skylights and new curb mounted Sun Tunnels before being sealed with the white vinyl roofing.

Naturalight Solar was called in to coordinate the installation with Wedge Roofing, who would be installing a new white vinyl roof. Sun Tunnel skylights can be installed on any roof type, but some roofs, like white vinyl, require extra steps for proper installation.

Naturalight Solar built the required curbs for optimal waterproofing and then installed the curbs and four 14″ TCR VELUX SUN TUNNELs. As a finishing touch, we also added colored theater gels to tint the light to a warmer tone, per the homeowners preference.

When our work was complete, Wedge Roofing returned to install the white vinyl roofing, sealing the vinyl up the sides of the Sun Tunnel curbs for a seamless waterproofing.

If it’s time for a new roof on your home and you think you might want to add skylights, give us a call for a free estimate at 707-527-5330. Likewise, if you want to add skylights and it’s nearing time for a new roof, consider having both done at the same time. New roofs and skylights are happier together.

Brighten Up and Cool Off with One Great Package

How can you get both brighter interior spaces and less heat this summer? With a VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylight and SRS Solar Attic Fan Combo.

This summer, we’re giving you $50 off*
when you buy a Sun Tunnel/Attic Fan Combo.

VELUX Sun Tunnels let in the light without the heat or harmful UV rays. Plus, you can add an energy efficiency diffuser to further reduce heat transfer.

The SRS Solar Attic Fan works hard to remove hot air from your attic, allowing your home to stay 10-15 degrees cooler, all without using electricity.

*Offer ends September 22, 2017

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Or call for more information
(707) 527-5330

4 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill this Summer

Summer heat comes withs its own energy challenges, especially when it comes to keeping your home cool and comfortable. And though the days are longer, it doesn’t mean you can forego the use of electric lighting in dark, land-locked rooms. In fact, you may choose to use electric lighting during the day so you can keep your blinds closed against the hot rays of sun baking through the glass.

But you don’t have to decide between well-lit rooms and a cool home, nor does your electric bill have to soar with the rising mercury. Here are four ways to brighten your home and keep it cool, all while reducing your energy bill.

 

Tube Skylights

VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights are tubular skylights that can bring light to rooms where windows or traditional skylights cannot fit, such as small closets, bathrooms, and hallways. Tube skylights eliminate the need for electric lighting during the day, reducing your energy bill. They can also bring extra light to rooms where the shades are drawn across the windows because you won’t have to worry about heat gain. While the standard model has minimal heat transfer, with the energy efficient diffuser upgrade, you can leave behind all worries of heat transfer into your home while still enjoying natural light.

Venting Skylights

VELUX Fresh Air Skylights are operable skylights designed to vent out hot air that naturally rises to the ceiling. It also allows an influx of fresh air for healthy air circulation. Best of all, these skylights can be solar powered, so they require no wiring and won’t add to your energy bill. In fact, they may help lessen your need for air conditioning by passively cooling your home.

Skylight Shades

If you’re concerned about the hot sun beating through your skylight, then consider skylight shades. They can be closed during the heat of the day to keep your home cooler. The VELUX Skylight Shades can also be solar powered to eliminate the need for electrical wiring. Solar skylight shades work excellently in combination with a solar powered venting skylight to keep your home cool and lower your energy bill.

Solar Attic Fans

SunRise Solar Attic Fans actively pull hot air out of your attic using only the power of the sun. By keeping your attic cooler, they also help keep your living space cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning. With its low profile design and whisper quiet operation, you’ll hardly remember it’s there until you see your energy bill savings.

 

Along with cutting your energy costs this summer, the solar powered skylights, shades, and attic fans currently qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit on both the product and installation price.

It’s the perfect time to check out these products and start saving. Call Naturalight Solar today to ask about how you can cut costs and say cool this summer. Take a look at naturalightsolar.com, or call (707) 527-5330 for more information.

Naturalight Solar is a VELUX certified 5 STAR Dealer.
They are a team of dedicated skylight installers and day-lighting specialists.

Part One: Four Reasons You Need More Natural Light

You may have noticed times when you come inside from a particularly bright day and stumble around the house for a few minutes as your eyes adjust to the much dimmer light inside your home. Our eyes are making these types of adjustments all the time, though usually less dramatically. But why make our eyes work harder when we have the option to add more natural light to our lives?

Do you work under artificial lights during the day? Having electric lights on during the day uses up an amazing amount of electricity, and it’s also not very good for your health. Adding more natural lighting could make all the difference in your health and mood. There are more risks than you may think by using fluorescent light in your under-lit home.  Fluorescent lighting creates emission of treacherous chemicals like sulfur dioxide, carbon, and mercury into the environment.

We have four reasons for you to consider letting that sunlight into your home. In this first post we will talk about Energy Efficiency & Environmental Impact.

By increasing your home’s exposure to the sun with new-age, thermal, energy efficient windows and doors, you will reduce the use of your electric lighting. This reduction of electric lighting and increase in natural lighting has a three-fold effect. Using less electricity, and especially fluorescent lighting, will reduce chemical emissions and your carbon footprint. It will also lower your electric bill, saving you money. And, having fewer chemicals in your environment and exposure to more natural light is better for your health. You could also use venting skylights to not only bring in more sunlight, but also fresh air into your home.

The boons of natural light don’t end here, check back next week for Part Two!

Celebrate Earth Day in Sonoma County

We believe in celebrating the earth every day, but Earth Day is a great way to grow awareness and nurture our gratitude for all the earth gives us.

Check out this article from SonomaCounty.com for some Earth Day activities this weekend. From the Quarryhill Botanical Gardens to the Flavors of Spring at Korbel Champagne Cellars to an evening walk and campfire at Spring Lake Regional Park, there’s something to inspire everyone.

If you want to make a lasting difference for Earth Day, while brightening your home, consider installing a VELUX SUN TUNNEL in that dark hallway, bathroom, closet, bedroom, or office. The VELUX SUN TUNNEL brings in the sunshine, eliminating the need for daytime electric lighting, thus reducing your electricity usage and your carbon footprint.

Read more about skylight energy savings here.

Submit your free estimate request here.

Celebrate Spring with Free Sunlight

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”
~Robin Williams

Feel Good This Spring

(and all year round)
When the sun starts shining, and the weather warms up, we start getting that spring cleaning itch.
Open the windows! Air out the rooms! Let in the sun!
There are reasons we are in a better mood when the sun is shining:
Moderate Sunlight is critical for our health and well being.
Sunlight helps us:
  • Create vitamin D, which helps up process and absorb some vitamins and minerals
  • Regulate our waking and sleeping patterns
  • Help regulate blood pressure and glucose levels
  • Think more clearly

There’s and easy way to bring more sunlight into your home all year round.

 

 

 

The VELUX SUN TUNNEL is the economical way to get full spectrum light into your home.

Each tube installs in about 2 hours.

Full spectrum light your home can:

  • Help to keep your eyes healthy
  • Provide safer, well lit rooms
  • Show the true colors of furniture and paintings (without fading them)
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your mental clarity

Take a look at these before and after photos of this windowless hall:

 

 

 No more turning on yellow tinted lights. Get healthy, full spectrum light without using electricity during the day.

Call us today to find out more about bringing daylight into your home:

707.527.5330