What Are Solar Tubes and How Do They Work?
Many homeowners are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and are turning to alternative ways to provide lighting inside. While skylights have been very popular for many years, there is a new technology that more and more people are choosing for their homes. Solar tube installation has dramatically increased, and for good reason. Replacing the need for electric lights, energy costs can be reduced by installing solar tubes. But what is a solar tube?
A solar tube, also called a sun pipe or sun scope, is a cylinder that is installed from the roof into any room in the house that provides natural light. Using reflective material inside the tube, light is reflected directly into the room and often provides enough daytime sunlight to reduce the need for electric lights. Solar tube installation can be fairly simple when done by professionals who have experience doing so, and homeowners can get all of the benefits of a skylight with very limited demolition.
Unlike ordinary windows, solar tubes provide direct overhead light that provides more sunlight to your home. With greater installation than a window or skylight, a solar tube can improve your home’s energy use and help you stay green. Solar tubes do not have to be straight to provide ample lighting. The reflecting power of the tube means that you can have a tube installed in almost any room in your home. Closets, bathrooms, and other rooms that do not have exterior walls can especially benefit from the natural light that a solar tube can provide.
Saving energy and reducing your power bill can be easily done with solar tube installation. Rather than having all of your electric lights on during the day, you can take advantage of the sun and improve the natural lighting in your home. Because solar tubes do not require any electricity, you can be sure that you are getting your money’s worth when you choose to have one put in.
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