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Whether you're at home, work or school, indoor air pollution and lack of sun exposure are a cause for concern. Even more, the EPA estimates that some indoor pollutants have two to five times higher concentration levels than their outdoor counterparts. One quick and easy solution is to install skylights.

If you feel that you're suffering from a lack of ventilation and natural light, keep reading to learn about the different types of skylights that open

Stay Healthy and Save Money

Skylights provide an extended list of benefits, helping you save money and keeping your health in check. It's hard to imagine, but everyday household chores like cooking and cleaning can increase indoor pollution levels. And how often do you crack open a window or use the vent above your stove?

You can utilize natural airflow with a skylight window by opening and closing it as needed. 

There are manual options or electric ones fitted with sensors to measure CO2, temperature and even humidity levels.

Similar to large solar panels, installing a VELUX solar skylight can save you money in two ways. It reduces overall energy costs and qualifies you for a 26 percent federal tax credit.

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Opening Your Skylight Window

If you're staring at your roof and wondering how in the world you're going to open them, don't worry. The first thing you want to keep in mind is how tall your ceiling is and where you’re going to place the skylight. 

If you have high ceilings, then opening a manual skylight, even with a pole, isn’t a realistic option. You’ll be much better off with a remote-controlled one. However, if your ceiling isn’t that high, using a pole might be the quickest way to open and close your skylight. 

an outside view of a skylight on a residential roof

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How to Open Your VELUX Window with a Pole

A high ceiling fitted with skylights is undoubtedly beautiful but can be difficult to open without a remote control. Luckily, all you need to air the room is a pole and about 10 seconds out of your day. 

First, you want to find the fastener and then push up gently with your pole. Next, you flip the lever to the opposite side to completely unlock your window. Finally, softly press the skylight fully open or to your desired amount. 

a velux skylight remote control

Remote Controls

If your ceiling is too high to use a pole to open your skylights manually, you can purchase an electrically powered one. The outstanding benefit that electric skylights bring to the table is their integrated rain sensor. 

These windows automatically close during rainy weather, providing an extra layer of security against any potential leaks. 

If aesthetics are essential for your interior design, you're in for some good news! The VELUX electric venting skylight comes equipped with a wall-mounted keypad that conceals the motor and control system, so no ugly wires and buttons are sticking out every time you walk past!

Open Your VELUX Solar Skylight with the Touch of a Button

Solar-powered skylights open and function similarly to their electric counterparts. The windows use solar panels to recharge the control system, so there's no wiring needed whatsoever. 

You can throw any concerns of cloudy days or lack of direct sunlight right out the window. VELUX solar venting skylights don't need hours of direct sunlight exposure to function. 

The next time you can't escape your home office, use the remote control or walk up to your keypad to let some fresh air in your personal space. 

Wake Up Tomorrow to Natural Light

Clearly, with the various ways to open a VELUX skylight, choosing the right one can save you the trouble of headaches and neck pain. So, skylight windows sound like the perfect next upgrade, but how much does a skylight cost? We break down all the options and prices in our guide to make the decision easy.

Our team at Skylights for Less includes specialists trained to answer all your questions and ensure you choose the skylight that makes you smile. If you're looking for a way to improve your home's aesthetic design, save money and breathe healthily, adding a skylight window should top the list.