Using Commercial Skylights to Reduce Lighting Maintenance Costs
By Jeff Brain | December 12, 2017
Being at the top of a successful company is a balancing act that requires focus, foresight and attention to detail. important to have a long-term strategy for your brand, but before you can post profits, you must account for a wide variety of ongoing expenses. Even if you're willing to make sacrifices, some of the most expensive necessities — such as lighting, and the utility and maintenance costs associated with it — aren't exactly negotiable.
Fortunately, commercial skylights and daylighting systems allow you to minimize these expenses, and may also help you qualify for commercial tax deductions. With more room in the budget for other overhead and maintenance expenses, companies can focus on new ways to grow their market share, fine-tune their products or services, and increase their overall revenue stream.
Replacing Artificial Light with the Real Thing
Whether you want to improve interior ambiance, reduce lighting costs, or even increase customer sales, you can accomplish your goal by taking advantage of one completely free resource - natural lighting. Daylighting is an increasingly popular way to maximize natural light exposure, in lieu of relying solely on artificial bulbs. Commercial skylights are an essential part of this strategy, which also involves efficient architectural and design strategies. Thoughtful choices, such as sunlight-oriented windows, will increase the overall impact that sunlight has on your building and its inhabitants. A skylight that utilizes the latest technology for greater efficiency, will help you reap bigger rewards from renewable energy.
Company and building owners are rightfully hesitate before altering their building structures, unless they are certain they will receive a return on the initial investment. Properly installed daylighting systems will not cause net losses, though. Over time, well-designed commercial skylights pay for themselves by increasing your building's energy efficiency.
Shrinking Your Biggest Utility Expenses
Because electric lighting is such a significant commercial expense, any effort to decrease your lighting use is worthwhile. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting consumes more energy than any other component of commercial buildings. In fact, commercial lighting alone costs up to $38 billion, and constitutes approximately 40 percent of all commercial energy use, every single year in this country. However, its financial impact is not limited to the cost of the electricity that powers each light fixture. It also increases your utility expenses in other areas.
As lighting consumes electricity, it also increases the strain on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. HVAC appliances consume more energy when they're exposed to the heat produced by inefficient artificial lights, and they need more frequent maintenance as a result. Of course, lighting has its own maintenance requirements too. Whether your employees complete this maintenance on the clock or you hire independent contractors, it costs you money every time a light bulb or HVAC filter needs to be changed — and every time an inspection or repair is necessary to prolong an appliance's life.
All commercial skylights are not created equal in reducing utility expenses. When natural light floods through a traditional commercial skylight at midday, your air conditioner must make up for the change in temperature because of this. New daylighting technologies incorporated into the design of commercial skylights can reduce HVAC expenses by changing the way sunlight enters into a building.
Relying on Skylight Warranties for Maintenance
If you decide to install a daylighting system, make sure you research its warranty beforehand. Each skylight needs multiple components to properly locate, capture, redirect and diffuse natural sunlight throughout your building's interior. From the window pane itself to the mirrors and motors that may complement it, each system has its own life-cycle, during which it continues to operate at maximum efficiency. The manufacturer's warranty should reflect all the factors that contribute to that life cycle.
Shrink your future maintenance costs by installing a daylighting system that's protected by a 10 year warranty, a rigorous 30+ year life cycle test, and complemented by solar technology (qualifying you for additional tax credits).
Contact us today to learn more about Ciralight SunTrackers, an innovative, cost-efficient daylighting solution.
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