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Lighten Up Your Life with Natural Light through Skylights and Sun Tunnels!

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The benefits of skylights and solar tubes go far above that of the conventional. They provide ventilation for your home, free daylight, added value and can add a unique look. There is a great degree of health benefits from receiving regular doses of sunlight and fresh air. It is said that having an insufficient amount of sunlight is linked directly to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). People suffering from SAD may have less energy, bigger appetites and depression. Lighting plays a huge role in the feel and livability of a room. By adding a little bit of light, you can change the whole dynamic of an area. For a long time, skylights were considered a luxury item in your home. Skylights are a part of the green revolution in home building and remodeling. If you are looking for an upgrade in your home, consider adding skylights to decrease energy costs and increase you mood with enjoying natural sunlight.

Some benefits of installing a skylight

-UV deflection and protection

-eliminates direct sunlight and hot spots

-evenly distributes natural light

-increases concentration and productivity

-adds aesthetic appeal to your home

-fills your room with fresh air

Energy facts regarding skylights

Artificial lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in commercial and industrial applications. On average, artificial lighting accounts for 40% of the building’s total energy. Utilizing skylights in your home or work area have been shown to significantly reduce these energy costs through the benefits of day lighting. With proper design, the cost of skylights is paid back often in less than two years. This is because high visible light transmittance acrylic skylights allow artificial lighting to be turned off on average of 70% – 80% of the time.

What shapes do skylights come in?

-rectangular

-circular

-oval

-diamond

-triangular

-multi-sided

-tubular

Skylights are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Before selecting a skylight for your home, you need to determine what type of skylight will work best and where to improve your home’s energy efficiency. It’s a good idea to understand the energy performance ratings of skylights if you don’t already. You can then determine what energy performance ratings you need for your skylight based on your climate and home’s design. The physical size of the skylight greatly affects the illumination level and temperature of the space below. As a rule of thumb, the skylight size should never be more than 5percent of the floor area in rooms with many windows and no more than 15 percent of the room’s total floor area for spaces with few windows.

Positioning of your skylight

You should also consider a skylight’s position if you want to maximize day lighting and/or passive solar heating potential. Below is how the position of the skylight will affect your home’s temperature and illumination of daylight.

-North facing, provide fairly constant but cool illumination

-East facing, provide maximum light and solar heat gain in the morning

-West facing, provide afternoon sunlight and heat gain

-South facing, provide the greatest potential for desirable winter passive solar heat gain than any other location, but often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer.

We would recommend that you install VELUX skylights in your home. The VELUX deck mounted and curb mounted products have The No Leak Skylight. It carries the new 10-year installation warranty plus 20 years on glass, 10 years on product, and five years on blinds and controls. Features include 3 layers of water protection – advanced LoE3 glass for better energy efficiency, higher visible light transmittance, and improved solar heat gain performance – money-saving pre-finished white frames and sashes – pre-mounted brackets for quick installation of sunscreen blinds – lower roof profile with an updated curved architectural design – and a neutral gray color to blend with most roof materials and colors. Next you can see what type of skylight would fit you needs best for your area in your home. They are:

Fixed skylight – model QFT  An economical choice for visually expanding areas such as hallways, stairwells, and other closed-in dark spaces that can be transformed with daylight and sky views.

  • Pre-finished white paintable interior.
  • Cut-flush curbs available.
  • Energy efficient LoE2 dual pane with argon.

Manual venting skylight – model QVT An economical solution for bringing abundant natural light and fresh air into the home.

  • Opens and closes manually with VELUX control rods.
  • Pre-finished white paintable interior.
  • Cut-flush curbs available.
  • Energy efficient LoE2 dual pane with argon.

Electric venting skylight – model QET Designed for out of reach applications to bring in abundant natural light and opens to let in fresh air with the touch of a button. As stale, humid air is released, homes feel comfortable anytime day or night.Wall-mountable slim line remote control included.

  • Wall mounted keypad is optional.
  • Pre-attached motor and transformer.
  • Pre-finished white paintable interior.
  • Single hard wire that connects into a standard junction box.
  • Only uses .5 amp of power and does not require a designated circuit.
  • Dual rain sensors automatically close the skylight during inclement weather.
  • Energy efficient LoE2 dual pane with argon.

The VELUX Sun Tunnel skylight is optically engineered to capture light through a high impact dome on the roof. The light rays travel through a highly reflective tunnel, transmitting a pure natural light with no color shift. The diffuser assembly at the ceiling distributes natural light evenly into the room while limiting bright spots and glare.

Places in your home you will benefit from installing a Sun Tunnel

  • Closets
  • Hallways
  • Stairways
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Rooms

VELUX, provided to you by Lindus Construction, have been around for the last 65 years and their company was founded on a vision of daylight, fresh air and increasing your quality of life. VELUX is consistently rated the #1 skylight in the industry by builders, remodelers and architects. Quality is a major priority at VELUX which is represented by an industry first 10-year “No Leak” warranty. Installing an ENERGY STAR® qualified VELUX Sun Tunnel today will decrease your carbon footprint by about 7-15% compared to non-qualified products.

Positive effects a Sun Tunnel will add to your home

  • Reduces energy costs, energy consumption and the demand for unsustainable power
  • Makes your interior spaces appear larger
  • Will increase your homes sales appeal
  • Brings the outdoors in
  • Balances the light in the room, reducing glare and transforming living areas into more open, safer spaces

Lindus Construction is proud to offer VELUX Sun Tunnels and Skylights.  Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

 

What is Rainwater Harvesting?

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Rainwater harvesting is collecting the run-off from a structure in order to store it for later use. Traditionally, it involves harvesting the rain from a roof. The rain that falls will collect in your gutter system that channels the waters flow into downspouts moving it into a storage vessel. There are many different types of rainwater harvesting systems and they range from systems that are as simple as a rain barrel or as detailed as large cisterns that can supply your entire household demand. We tend to think of rainwater harvesting and picture old farm cisterns or that it is used mostly in developing countries, but that is not the case. Rainwater harvesting a part of the green building movement and is an alternative for energy conservation in your home or businesses. It allows you to be in control of your water supply allowing you the ability to replace a substantial portion of your water.

Here are just a few benefits of using a rainwater harvesting system:

~It is a free source of water

~It is environmentally responsible and growing in popularity socially

~It allows you to be self-sufficient

~It can help solve drainage problems on your property

~It is better for your landscaping and garden because it is pure and not chlorinated

~It is very easy to maintain and are relatively inexpensive

~It provides an excellent backup for a water source in an emergency situation

If you consider that most of us use drinking water to flush our toilets and water our lawns doesn’t that seem socially irresponsible? By using a harvester you are making less of an environmental imprint. There are three basic areas where rainwater can be used and they are irrigation, indoor non-potable use or whole home potable use that needs a specific filter. If you are still wary about how you would use your rainwater, here are specific uses for it:

~watering your lawn or garden

~ hook it up to your sprinkler system

~wash your vehicles or give you pet a bath

~fill your fish pond, fountain or swimming pool

~wash down your driveway

~toilet and washing machine water

We would recommend that you use an ENGLERT Rainwater Harvesting System that you can purchase through Lindus Construction. They are committed in the long-term and economic value of protecting our planet’s limited resources and providing customers with the most innovative, cost effective, aesthetically-pleasing and sustainable home and building solutions.

How does the ENGLERT Rainwater Harvesting System work? Rainwater collected from your home or business’s roof flows through an initial filter to remove large debris like leaves and twigs. The fresh rainwater is then stored in tank either above or below ground. Excessive rainwater exits the tank overflow into a Marix Infiltration Block. Then activated by demand, a pump system distributes the stored rainwater for many uses, which are all managed by a Rain Manager. During periods of low rainfall, an optional back-up water supply feature activates ensuring continuous, uninterrupted water flow.

There are three main sizes of ENGLERT Rainwater Harvesting units:

Traditional 225 RHS

  • The Traditional 225 RHS is a 225 gallon capacity, above ground rainwater harvesting system designed for non-potable water uses including landscaping irrigation, vehicle cleaning, and decorative fountains.
  • The 225-gallon, compact rainbox tank is easily connected to a standard residential downspout, and can be expanded in 75-gallon increments to increase capacity. Its opaque black exterior resists algae formation.
  • The attached pump can be easily disconnected and reconnected to additional rainboxes placed at other downspouts around the house. The Traditional 225 Rainwater Harvesting System can be installed in less than an hour by a single installer.
  • Child safe and mosquito proof
  • Constructed of UV-resistant black polyethylene

Classic 400 RHS

  • The Classic 400 RHS is a 400-gallon rainwater harvesting system featuring an above ground tank (available in forest green and sierra tan) to prevent algae growth.
  • The Classic 400 Rainwater Harvesting System is designed for non-potable water uses including home landscaping and irrigation, vehicle cleaning, household toilet flushing and laundering. It features a first flush diverter which diverts the first flush of water from the roof into a chamber.
  • Once the chamber is full, fresh water flows directly into the SlimFit tank. The 400 RHS also features a downspout filter, automatic pump system, pump cover and accessory fittings which can be installed in two hours by one or two installers.

Ultra 1700 RHS

  • The Ultra 1700 Rainwater Harvesting System is a 1,700-gallon system with a below ground , polyethylene tank designed for non-potable water uses including home landscaping and irrigation, vehicle cleaning, household toilet flushing and laundering.
  • The Ultra 1700 Rainwater Harvesting System comes with a downspout basket filter to prevent debris from entering the chamber. The Ultra 1700 has an automatic pumping system and accessory fittings which can be installed in two days by two to three installers. Options include a level indicator, rain tank infiltration block and faux rock cover for the pump.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate for your new ENGLERT Rainwater Harvesting system today!

Support Sustainable Living by Installing Environmentally Friendly Lighting Solutions

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A green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier for the people living inside.” States the U.S. Green Building Council  

Would you like to save on your energy bills and at the same time enjoy abundant daylight that brings out the natural beauty of your home? Natural sunlight is one of the most effective healing agents that exist by increasing the production of endorphins and serotonin in your brain which is a natural mood booster. Installing a Sun Tunnel in your home will allow you to enjoy this natural resource in a sustainable way.

The VELUX Sun Tunnel skylight is optically engineered to capture light through a high impact dome on the roof. The light rays travel through a highly reflective tunnel, transmitting a pure natural light with no color shift. The diffuser assembly at the ceiling distributes natural light evenly into the room while limiting bright spots and glare.

Places in your home you will benefit from installing a Sun Tunnel

  • Closets
  • Hallways
  • Stairways
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Rooms

VELUX, provided to you by Lindus Construction, have been around for the last 65 years and their company was founded on a vision of daylight, fresh air and increasing your quality of life. VELUX is consistently rated the #1 skylight in the industry by builders, remodelers and architects. Quality is a major priority at VELUX which is represented by an industry first 10-year “No Leak” warranty. Installing an ENERGY STAR® qualified VELUX Sun Tunnel today will decrease your carbon footprint by about 7-15% compared to non-qualified products.

Positive effects a Sun Tunnel will add to your home

  • Reduces energy costs, energy consumption and the demand for unsustainable power
  • Makes your interior spaces appear larger
  • Will increase your homes sales appeal
  • Brings the outdoors in
  • Balances the light in the room, reducing glare and transforming living areas into more open, safer spaces

Lindus Construction is proud to offer VELUX Sun Tunnels and Skylights.  Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

 

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