Karen’s Top 5 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Home (Tip 4)

Karen’s Top 5 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Home (Tip 4)

4. Speaking of Windows… don’t forget skylights!

Our homes are so well sealed these days we’ve alleviated the issues of drafty, cold homes but now we’ve created another… not enough fresh air.  The air inside our house is between 2-5x more polluted than the air outside.  An easy solution that also offers lots of other benefits is a solar powered venting skylight. 

The units selected from Velux for our #PickeringProject don’t require wiring and operate anytime of the day

Over 200 times even if the battery is not fully charged.  They also boast a rainsensor and leak proof design for both the skylight and install kit.

Why I used skylights in the Pickering Project House

  • Improve indoor air quality and can be used to allow hot air to escape in warm months as well as offering a convenient way to bring fresh air in.  Newer homes often have HVR’s to combat this but not everyone has these.
  • Adds natural light. A skylight provides twice the light as a window the same size
  • I’m adding one in the bedroom level stairwell to let light flood the hallway and the main floor. Being right above the stairs, it will be fantastic for getting air circulating around the home. 

Karen’s Top 5 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Home (Tip 3)

Karen’s Top 5 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Home (Tip 3)

3. Invest in Good Quality Windows

Up to around 50% of your heat lost can be through your windows, and/or air leakage around windows, so investing in good quality, well installed, windows is a must.  They let natural light in, ventilate for fresh air and are a big investment so they must stand the test of time in terms of their function and design… Choosing wisely is very important!

I went with Marvin’s windows as they

  • Are thermal sealed to give you outstanding R value and therefore energy savings in your home 
  • Offer great design flexibility.  Only some companies will make to order.  If you want full design creativity nothing is off limits with Marvin!  They offer extra large sizes, lots of interior and exterior finish options
  • Are made without shortcuts.  Marvin’s low-maintenance, clad-wood products feature an extruded aluminium exterior, finished in commercial-grade paint, for superior resistance to fading and chalking. Their impact resistant extruded aluminium material is about the thickness of a quarter. Rollform aluminium, used by many other window manufacturers, is almost as thin as a soda can. Other companies will also offer vinyl which will discolour and expand and contract in heat, which isn’t attractive or offering you the best R value