Posted by Kat Wiseman on March 14, 2018

Age In Place Gracefully With This Fun Bedroom Upgrade


It's a sometimes-unfortunate truth that as we age, we experience changes in mobility, vision, hearing, and stability. And because we've come to associate many negative connotations with aging, we'll often avoid certain types of home improvements that can make our home safer and more comfortable as we age, allowing us to live on our own longer.


When we think of "aging in place," images of institutional-looking grab bars in bathrooms and overhead lights that could illuminate an airport runway may come to mind. Well, put those images right back out of your head because we've got an "aging in place" home improvement suggestion that's as beautiful as it is functional.


That suggestion is SKYLIGHTS, and here's why you want one (or more!) in your bedroom.


Age-related vision changes can necessitate increasing the amount of light around your home. Task lights and under-cabinet lighting in areas can focus illumination where you need it most, but in your bedroom, you'll probably focus most on overhead lighting.


And rather than opting for industrial-style lights that can cause harsh glare, consider introducing natural light instead. Research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that natural light may be better for the aging eyes than artificial light. A skylight is an upscale, beautiful home improvement that can benefit you with natural light.

Skylights can also help improve indoor air quality. According to research by the Greenguard Environmental Institute, most exposure to environmental pollution occurs by breathing indoor air. VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights not only provide healthful natural light, they also provide fresh air to reduce humidity and stale air in your bedroom, improving overall indoor air quality.


You can also increase your skylight's energy efficiency with solar-powered blinds. This makes the complete daylighting system, plus installation, eligible for a 30% federal tax credit.