When you’re planning to install a skylight or sun tunnel (tubular) model, it’s understood that you need to make sure you understand the rudimentary concepts of design to find the perfect installation location and how to install them properly. But you may not realize that you will get a lot of questions from the customer regarding cost, usage, energy-saving and more. This article will serve as a guide to answering those questions and giving customers peace of mind when choosing to install daylight and fresh air products.
Questions #1: Are skylights worth the investment?
Chances are that you will be asked this question a lot, and you’ll need to know the facts behind the product to prove to potential customers that the product really is worth the investment. You should start by walking them through all of the benefits of a skylight, daylight and fresh air products. They have the ability to brighten dark rooms and hallways, provide dimension to the room, and some skylights have the added bonus of ventilating the room and allowing fresh air to flow through the entire house.
Question #2: Do customers need to worry about the skylight leaking?
Skylights that are installed properly should not leak, though you may have an occasional leak in the winter from ice dams, etc. It is important to do you research and find the best leak-proof skylight on the market to diminish the possibility. Additionally, customers may see condensation in a skylight due to warm, humid air in a home which may cause condensation to run down a wall and they may interpret this as a leaking skylight, though it is not.
Question #3: Do skylights make a difference in my customer’s home including the design and their energy bill?
Skylights create an aesthetically-pleasing dimension in any space and add to the architectural design of a home.
Another benefit of skylights is their ability to help reduce the homeowner’s energy bills. The skylight helps bring natural light into the home which limits the need to use electricity for lights during the day. Additionally, with the ability to open and close the skylight, you can bring fresh air into the home to cool it down instead of using air conditioning during the warm spring and summer days.
Question #4: Can you explain the different types of skylights?
There are three main types of skylights:
- Fixed – Fixed skylights are designed for out-of-reach areas. They do not provide ventilation and are ideal for any room needing additional light.
- Tubular – Tubular skylights are ideal for hallways, pantries, foyers, closets and other enclosed spaces. They are easy to install and are able to fit into tight spaces as the reflective tube in them is adjustable.
- Vented – vented skylights work with high or cathedral ceilings. They provide ventilation for rooms with excess moisture like kitchens and bathrooms. They are easy to clean and can feature manual or electric operation.
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