Skylight / July 12, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
Before installing a skylight in your home you need to carefully evaluate what type of skylight will work best for you considering your specific requirements and how to install it in a way that it improves your homes energy efficiency. Its a sensible idea to evaluate the energy performance ratings of skylights based on the climate that you live in and the architectural design of your home. In the U.S. you can find labeled energy-efficient skylights which tell you the minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. The physical dimensions of the skylight also greatly affect the lux level and temperature of the space it is being used for.
There are ventilating skylights that make an ideal addition to bathrooms or kitchens tubular skylights that fit into almost any size space and skylights in almost any shape including rectangular circular oval triangular and more. So before choosing the right skylight for your home you should take some time to consider which type of skylight is best for you with respect to the benefits and drawbacks of each type as well as the function of the skylight. Types of Skylight There are 5 main types of skylight: fixed ventilated tubular flat glass and domed. Fixed skylights provide extra light and make a great addition to attics family rooms or any place you want more natural light without the need for ventilation.
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.