Build a Smart Home

“Skylights increase home’s energy efficiency” was published in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

A smart home is an energy efficient one.  Many homeowners today are looking for a cleaner, greener and more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Not only does a more environmentally conscious lifestyle help to preserve our environment for generations to come, it can also reduce the costs of living by lowering energy bills.

One way to achieve a smarter more energy efficient home is to install skylights. New technology has advantages that make it easier to get a healthier indoor climate with good sleeping conditions, comfortable indoor temperatures, fresh air, satisfactory daylight levels and appropriate humidity levels.

The installation of VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights can help your home moderate changing temperatures with seasonal automation. In warmer temperatures, open skylights and closed blinds keep your home cool by bringing in fresh air and keeping out the heat. When it’s cold out, closed skylights and open blinds add the warmth of natural daylight while preventing heat from escaping.

The VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight features a solar panel that captures any available daylight and uses it to recharge battery powered operator and control system. A rain sensor is built in to close the unit in the event that inclement weather arises while you’re away. Blinds add the ultimate functionality to skylights by giving you control over the amount of light they bring into your home.

In addition, VELUX offers solar powered versions of blackout and light filtering shades. Solar shades are powered by a battery, which is charged by the sun and thus does not require wiring at installation.

With connected highly secure technology, sensors and remote-operated VELUX products are designed to improve and simplify your life. Your home can proactively monitor temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, and open or close your skylights and blinds accordingly to create a healthier indoor climate.

With a small investment, you can dramatically transform any room in your home with daylight and fresh air. In the long run, installing skylights will help you save on your utility bills. Right now you can enjoy a 30% federal solar tax credit on the purchase and installation of qualified VELUX Skylights and VELUX Sun Tunnel skylights.

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. To reach the author directly, email  For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at  To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit

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