Is there a dark spot in your home that seems to always be there no matter how many lamps you install? Or, does your home always seem a little drab or enclosed? It may be time to consider adding a skylight.
The benefits of adding a skylight to your home.
Skylights are a way to illuminate your home interior with natural light directly from the sun. Even the darkest of rooms can be made open and airy with the addition of skylights or solar tube lighting. If your home has low ceilings, a skylight can drastically change the site lines of your living space. A well placed skylight can open up a room creating cascading natural light and air movement.
Skylights can sell a home
Natural light is a big selling point for homebuyers. Adding Energy Star-qualified, no-leak skylights can increase your home’s efficiency and appeal to potential buyers. As an added benefit, natural light does wonders for your mood and your energy bill. If you’re looking to let in some fresh air, solar powered fresh-air skylights improve indoor air quality and air flow. They use a battery operator, charged by solar power, to automatically open and close the skylights. They have a built-in rain sensor which shuts the skylights automatically when rain is detected. Add solar powered blinds, and you’ll see a 45 percent boost in your home’s energy performance rating. Here’s another perk:
Solar powered skylights and blinds and any installation costs are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.
Under the Emergency Stabilization Act of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, “solar electric property” expenditures are eligible for a tax credit through 2021. If you get solar powered skylights installed, you should:
* Keep your receipts for total price paid (product and installation).
* Fill out IRS tax form 5695 and submit it with your taxes.
* Enter the tax credit on form 5695 on your 1040 form.
Looking For a Skylight Installation Specialist?
Look no further. K&P Home Improvement can get your space shining like the sun in no time. Give us a call and one of our team members will help you figure out a plan that best fits your needs.