Jul 13, 2016

Sun Tunnel vs Skylight: Which Natural Light Window is Best for You?

Many homes have areas that feel dark and unwelcoming because they lack natural light.  This situation can be easily remedied with the inclusion of skylights and sun tunnels.  These devices are installed on a home’s roof and allow sunlight to filter into areas that would not receive it.  It’s important to understand the qualities of both sun tunnels and skylights so that you are able to determine which window makes the most sense for your situation.  Here’s what you need to know!

Features & Benefits You’ll Find in Both Natural Light Windows

Often referred to as roof windows, utilizing skylights and sun tunnels within your home will amplify the amount of natural light that filters in which leads to lower energy consumption.  Both are attached to the roof, and can breathe new life into a room because of the additional sunlight they filter in.metal roof

Key Differences About Roof Windows

Skylights and sun tunnels have some key differences; understanding them will assist you in choosing the right solution for your house.  Skylights invite both sunlight and fresh air into your home and can be used to expel warm air or humidity from your home.  They come in an array of shapes including: square, rectangular, oval, diamond, and triangular.    Sun tunnels come in tubular shapes to amplify sunlight within the home, but they cannot be opened to filter in outdoor air.

Perks of Installing a Skylight Window

Skylights win favor with homeowners because of their ability to be opened and closed.  Not only does this allow fresh air to be drawn in, but it also allows humidity to be expelled in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.  VELUX has models that can be opened and closed via remote control.  Their “Fresh Air” skylight even has a built-in sensor that automatically closes the unit in the event of rain.

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Perks of Installing a Sun Tunnel

Sun tunnels come in malleable models that can be easily installed in attics without interfering with fixtures already in place.  They take up minimal space on a roof but excel at filtering in copious amounts of daylight.  Sun tunnels do an excellent job of introducing sunlight to areas of the home that would not receive any.  Popular installation spots include closets, laundry rooms, hallways, and stairways.

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"Lindus Construction reaches for the stars with their quality work, craftsmanship, and products, thanks to all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes."

Cassie B.
Hastings, MN
December 4, 2023

"Brandon took the time to carefully examine the area where the skylight would be installed, asking insightful questions to ensure he fully understood my needs and preferences. He patiently explained the different types of skylights available, their features, and the benefits of each option. His expertise and attention to detail gave me confidence in his recommendations."

Carole K.
Bloomer, WI
August 21, 2023

"Everything went well. Your project supervisor, Nelson, was awesome. My new sun tunnel works great. It really lights up the kitchen. Thanks for all your hard work negotiating with my insurance."

Dan H.
Oakdale, MN
July 21, 2023

"Quality people and a quality project."

Randal R.
St. Croix Falls, WI
July 20, 2023

"We are quite pleased with the way our project went. The Lindus folks have successfully managed to instill a culture of quality and customer service in throughout the entire business, which is rare these days.  Everyone we worked with carried that same attitude of wanting to do it right and make us happy. The installation went well and we are very satisfied."

Tim M.
Minneapolis, MN
June 20, 2023

"I would highly recommend, they do excellence work, not one complaint do I have."

Lynn L.
Oakdale, MN
April 24, 2023
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