Skylight / July 9, 2018 / Delphine Demers
It is recommended that the skylight size should never be more than five percent of the floor area in rooms with many windows and not more than fifteen percent of the rooms total floor area for spaces with very few windows. Skylights on north-facing roofs provide cool illumination while east-facing roofs provide maximum light and heat in the morning. West-facing skylights provide afternoon sunlight and heat. South-facing skylights provide more passive solar heat than any other location. Skylights are an excellent way to bring more natural light into your home. Just one skylight can dramatically transform your room by adding 30% more natural light than a window. This helps you save energy and makes your home warmer during the winter.
A skylight is like a window which has been placed in your roof. It has a frame specially designed to withstand rain and prevent leakage from rain and snow. To maximize a skylights use of natural light to illuminate a room or its passive solar heating potential you will want to take into consideration how a skylight is positioned. Facing north your skylight will provide fairly constant illumination but will not provide a lot of heat. Facing east it will provide the maximum amount of light and solar heat gain in the morning. Facing west your skylight provides afternoon sunlight as well as heat gain. A skylight facing south provides the greatest potential for winter passive solar heat gain than any other location but will often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer.
The structure of the house is another deciding factor. If there are beams pillars or pipes in the way the skylight on the roof may not get the right amount of visibility. Making structural changes is not an affordable option in most cases. So it is better to evaluate the room before you place skylights on the roof. In most cases skylights should be built into the house at the time of drawing the design of the house. In case skylights are introduced at a later point of time care must be taken to ensure that they are placed correctly and installed properly. Skylights are overhead windows often in a roof that allow sunlight to filter inside any enclosed area; they are a great natural light option to artificial lighting solutions during the daytime.