Table of Contents:
- What Are Sun Tunnels?
- Skylights vs. Sun Tunnels
- The Price of Sun Tunnels
- Sun Tunnel Manufacturers
- Natural Light’s Benefits
- Sun Tunnel Installation
What Are Sun Tunnels?
Sun tunnels are a cost-effective solution to add natural light to your house without requiring extensive renovations or the installation of skylights or windows. If your closets, hallways, or restrooms are too gloomy, sun or solar tunnel may be the answer. These areas have no natural light, and light fixtures can only illuminate so much. Sun tunnels may have built-in bathroom fans and solar energy to collect energy during the day and stay illuminated after nightfall!
Skylights vs. Sun Tunnels
Sun tunnels and skylights do the same thing in bringing natural light into your house. However, how they do this varies significantly, and each has its own set of advantages. A skylight is effectively a windowpane embedded in your roof. It will be completely sealed to avoid water leaks and an excellent natural light source for your house. They’re often seen on vaulted ceilings and in kitchens, where they help catch that wonderful morning light.
The Advantages of Skylights
- Additional natural light.
- Reduce your energy and heating costs
- Stunning design possibilities
On the other hand, Sun tunnels may be constructed in more unusual locations that need more natural light but are not perfect for skylight installation (like closets and hallways). This works because sun tunnels absorb sunlight on the roof through a dome and then magnify and “bounce” the light through the tunnel onto your selected light fixture in the ceiling of your house. This is accomplished by bouncing light off the tunnel walls—rigid tunnels will reflect more light than flexible tubes.
The Advantages of Sun Tunnels
- Simple and easy installation.
- Low upkeep.
- Increases the amount of natural light in interior spaces
- There is no heat loss.
- Numerous design options—can be disguised as a standard ceiling light fixture.
The Price of Sun Tunnels
Adding a sun tunnel is a cost-effective approach to increase natural light in places that might need a boost in brightness and vibrancy. By illuminating your room with natural light from sun tunnels, homeowners may save money on their monthly energy bills and generate less heat than electrical lighting, keeping their house pleasant all year.
Two major factors influence the cost of installing a sun tunnel. One is the material you choose, and the other is the labour cost to install. It also relies on the location of the solar tunnel since the farther it is from the top dome, the longer the tube must be. As a result, more supplies are required. Fortunately, material prices are quite consistent across the board, and the decision to choose basic or premium materials will just be a question of preference at the moment.
Sun Tunnel Manufacturers
There are a handful of brands that most sun tunnel contractors will use. Additionally, several manufacturers provide skylight choices. VELUX is the most popular and commonly utilized. We offer VELUX skylights and sun tunnels at Remember Me Roofing and stand by their quality and style.
Natural Light’s Benefits
There are quantifiable advantages to daily exposure to sunlight. Natural sunlight benefits your physical and emotional well-being just as it illuminates your house. The “sunlight vitamin” is a critical nutrient for our physical health since it has been found to prevent bone loss, decrease weight gain, reduce the risk of heart disease and even some types of cancer. If you spend most of your day inside and then return home to an area with little natural light, you are not receiving enough Vitamin D.
Sunlight also aids in the battle against seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which arises when the seasons shift into Fall and Winter, when the days get shorter but maybe alleviated with more exposure to sunlight. Mental and physical health are intimately related to the amount and quality of sleep you obtain. If one of these is out of balance and you are deficient in Vitamin D, you will have difficulty sleeping. Thus, more sun exposure results in improved general health and well-being. Sun tunnels may be beneficial!
Sun Tunnel Installation
Sun tunnels are placed to capture natural sunlight that falls on your roof and reflects or shines down the tube into the fixture in your ceiling. Differently shaped domes may bend or reflect light, allowing light to enter your home at all-day hours. Additionally, tunnels come in various configurations depending on the size of your installation; they may be flexible to work around buildings or straight to fit into an open area.
For instance, the tunnel must pass through your roof, through your attic, and into the ceiling of the room where it is to be put. Remember Me Roofing can assist you in determining the optimal arrangement for your property that will not only look amazing but will also save you money.
We can explain which solution is appropriate for your property and how to maximize your sun tunnel’s efficiency. Call us now at 613-854-7663!