WARMING UP: Ipswich Skylights director Nicholas Scott talks about wood heaters.
WARMING UP: Ipswich Skylights director Nicholas Scott talks about wood heaters. Rob Williams

Firm Focus: Business sheds light on gloomy winter days

GLOOMY and cold days with even colder nights are on the way but one Ipswich company can shed some light and warmth on the situation.

Ipswich Skylights has an extensive range of wood fireplaces and skylights, both traditional and new solar versions.

Ipswich Skylights stocks and sells a range of wood fire solutions for warming the home in winter.

They carry leading brands such as the Kemlan range from Brisbane and Masport made in Sydney as well as the Thermalux range.

Another popular product is the Canadian Osburn.

"We have recently been approached to carry and have agreed to have the Eureka range. These are a new addition to our extensive range and come out of Victoria," director Nicholas Scott said.

"Wood fires are the best heat for the home, it is natural and takes the chill off the air and warms the room. Air-conditioning is a dry heat."

Mr Scott said the heaters were triple skin fireplaces and had a slow combustion.

"They are environmentally friendly. We do offer a flue and safety check, it is important to have regular checks," he said.

Because many wood fireplaces have sat idle for several months it is wise to have them checked.

"We suggest in Queensland that every two years to have a full service check is fine, elsewhere it is best every year, but we do not use them as much here."

Even after a recent cold snap the phones have started to ring with inquiries about wood fires and this is expected to pick up over the next few weeks and overnight temperatures start to dip to single digits.

Another big selling item is the range of skylights, the foundation product for the business.

Velux offer electric, manual or fixed skylights.

There is also an exciting offer, having a skylight that is not, by using a daylight solar lighting system that works throughout the daytime.

"We have a range of skylights set up in store, ready in the next two weeks, so customers can see them. The products today let the light in but not the heat," he said.

The illume range is promoted as the shaftless skylight system and has no battery or mains power.

As soon as there is natural light then the LED panel will respond.

"It is a very natural light and is a popular option, particularly where a shaft system is not possible or practical. You can even switch these on and off so if you are in a room that you want to make dark, then you can achieve that," he said.

Brian Scott founded the business in 1988 and in more recent times son Nicholas has taken over the day-to-day running of the business.

It is based on good old-fashioned business values and they offer free in home quotes where you will get advice on the right product and placement.

Visit ipswichskylights.com.au or visit the business at 65 Pine Mountain Road, North Ipswich. It is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 8am-noon.

Phone 3201 5222 for more details.

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