Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Obviously skylights provide added day lighting and they may even offer ventilation. However heat gain and loss is also a consideration you should make. Many modern skylights feature sun tracking lenses or mirrored surfaces that provide light without heat loss or gain. Moreover whether a fixed skylight or similar alternative is better than a ventilated skylight is a question youll want to answer. Remember ventilating can help with temperature control but it is also important for preventing the buildup of moisture. Take some time to speak to your skylight or roofing professional so that you can be sure to choose the right skylight.
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.
Some people in an effort to let in plenty of light choose the biggest skylight they can afford. But bigger is not always better when it comes to choosing skylights for your home. The size of the skylight should not be more than 5% of the floor space if there are other windows in the room. It should be less than 15% of the floor space if there are few windows in the room. Unlike commercial buildings where structures are huge there is only so much that a room within the house can take. So choose skylights that suit the size of the room. Style: Although most skylights are rectangular these are available in a variety of sizes shapes and colors.