Skylight Blinds

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Skylight Blinds

Add sun control devices to your roof windows or skylights for even more daylight control.

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Skylight Blinds

It matters not how much we love the constant sunlight filtering into our homes and the brightness it lends to our interior decor, there are times when we just simply have to block it out.

There are basically 2 reasons you would want to block or at least have control over the amount of sunlight coming through your skylights and roof windows.

First - Energy Control: Sunlight is great and it really lights up our homes and minimizes the need for artificial lighting for the most part of the day, but during the heat of summer, the sunshine's' heat radiation is not quite as welcoming.

Also, it is import to include a shading or light control device to keep the heat inside the home during the winter nights and shading devices can add exponentially to the R values of your glazing.

Second - Human Comfort: We often locate skylights in prime locations to light up our living rooms, dens, family rooms etc. There may be times when direct sunlight can become a nuisance, such as shining on a tv screen or computer screen. We then have a compelling need to control the sunlight in our living spaces.

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Skylight Blinds - Control Daylighting With Remove Control Option

Skylight Blinds - The Elements:

There are 2 very different accessories that can be used to control sunlight penetration into our living spaces from skylights or roof windows. They are skylight blinds and skylight shades.

Skylight Blinds are almost always the mini-blind type of installation, in that them remain in place with sunlight being controlled by the blade angles to the sun.

These blinds can effectively block out direct sunlight, yet let in lots of daylight and allow great view out through or between the blades.

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They can also be an integral part of the skylight package or an aftermarket add-on accessory. The blinds that are included with your original skylight package can be less expensive, easier to install and integrate better with the entire system.

Energy Efficiency: By closing your mini-blinds during the night in the winter months, you can increase the energy efficiency of the skylights by as much as 12%.

Here are the features you will experience with venetian blinds or mini-blinds:

Ability to control the direction and amount of the incoming light due to having full control over the slats tilt and direction.

Color - white (color 7001)

Glare control - control direct sunlight to significantly reduce or eliminate glare on your TV or computer screen, which increases the versatility of the room.

The Second Option Available to Your Are Skylight Shades: These are a fabric that is drawing down over the underside of the skylight. To learn more on window shades go to our page on Window Shades.

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Skylight Blinds - A Great Way To Control Your Natural Lighting

Skylight Blinds - Tax Credits:

Energy Tax Credits: Skylight Blinds fall under the Federal Tax Credit with the following guidelines:

30% of the cost (not including installation/labor costs), up to $1,500 can be claimed.

You do not have to replace all the windows/doors/skylights in your home to qualify. And it doesn't need to be a replacement either - installing a new window where there wasn't one previously (like in an addition) would qualify.

From June 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010 windows (and doors and skylights) must have a U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) less than or equal to 0.30.

Go to the page Energy Tax Credits for more information.

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Skylight Blinds With Electronic Controller

Skylight Blinds - Installation:

Manual Blind Operation: If you choose to install manually operated blinds on your roof windows, you have the option to operate them with a hook rod which allows you to easily adjust the blade angle.

Remote Electrically Operated Option: This is a great feature that Velux offers. You simply press a button on the remote controller to open and shut the blinds. You can adjust the blade angle, plus the amount of retraction for the blinds.

This radio frequency control can be part of an entirely integrated system in which you can program your roof window operation schedule, along with the sun controls. This can range over a multitude of windows that are all controlled at one time.

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Remote Control Options

Skylight Blinds - Remote Options:

Velux has the most advanced remote control operation available on the market.

Their system can operate roof windows and blinds either individually or as an entire group, which gives you a tremendous amount of versatility.

You can create programs to open the roof windows at a specific time of day, week, month or year. Also with this remote controller, you can choose to operate the sun control devices within that same program.

You also have the ability to close the roof windows after a present period of time after its open.

Skylight Blinds - What We Recommend:

Given all of the options that are available from Velux, that is our hands-down pick for operable roof windows and blinds. They have all kinds of options such as remote control, insect screen, blinds, shades and egress window options available.

Velux has great products, including composite wood and aluminum units, a great variety of manufactured flashing's and installation types and a great warranty.

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Skylight Blinds - A Great Green Option

Skylight Blinds - Green Reasons To Choose Velux:

Energy Star Compliance: VELUX has been ahead of the curve, and intends to stay there. With more than 90% of our production ENERGY STAR® qualified in all United States climate zones

Most VELUX® standard skylights meet the ENERGY STAR® requirements for all US climate zones.

Velux Green Manufacturing Policies: Velux has obtained Environmental Certification: ISO 14001 This is an environmental management model written to provide organizations with the elements of an effective environmental management system.

As a result, VELUX maintains and supports each of the following:
Environmental policy
Planning and implementation
Environmental goals
Management review and corrective action
Continual environmental improvement