Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
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.
Fixed skylights are among the most popular and they come in a wide variety of shapes. Ventilated skylights can be opened and closed to allow the passage of air. These make a great addition to bathrooms and kitchens and they can be controlled by temperature sensor remote control wall switch and manual or motorized cranks. Tubular skylights are among the newest styles. They are popular because they are small and can be used where full-sized skylights will not fit. They allow for the passage of light and theyre installed the same way as regular skylights. Flat glass skylights are built into a framework (usually made of wood rubber or metal) and can be placed directly into a cut hole in your roof.
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.