Roof Windows / August 1, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Your sunroom manufacturer will probably recommend that if you expect your sunroom to see regular use you hook it up to your homes heating and cooling system. Any occasionally-used however can be constructed with an independent climate control system. Designing Your Sunroom When you are in the designing phase of your sunroom project your sunroom manufacturer will need information about the sun exposure of the location where the sunroom will be located. Knowing the sun exposure will let your sunroom manufacture determine the best kind of high performance glass to install in your sunroom. While your sunroom manufacturer will undoubtedly have a large collection of standard sunroom designs from which you can choose most sunroom manufacturers will be happy to create a custom design.
Skylights let natural light stream into your home bringing warmth and a feeling of spaciousness. When properly selected and used they can reduce your need for electric lighting and minimize your heating and cooling costs. There are also health benefits to this wonderful sunlight that shines on us. If you lack sufficient sunlight on your skin you will suffer health effects. Thats because the human body was designed to be exposed to sunlight on a frequent basis. We evolved after all under the natural sun not under fluorescent lighting. Our environment was one with plentiful sunlight. Skylights can provide up to 30% more natural light than vertical windows while making a small space seem bigger.
For example the optimum slope for a south-facing skylight in Columbus Ohio at 40º North latitude is 45º to 55º. Every skylight has a "shaft" which governs how much light is admitted into the room below. If all four sides are flared then the light is spread over a wide area. If your skylight has a shaft with perpendicular sides the light is focused straight below. If your skylights shaft is flared on only one or two sides then the light is sprayed in the flared direction. Ventilation If you wish you can have a skylight which also provides ventilation as well as light to your room. This allows you to release the hot air which collects at your ceiling.