Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
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 one thing skylights are positioned in such a way that they are inaccessible unless they are operated by remote. Even in cases of motorized skylights which are easily manipulated there are still some disadvantages that are inherent to skylights that are not present or minimized in windows. Vertical windows lose less heat by convection when compared to skylights. Also since windows are generally protected by overhangs or shrubs they lose less heat by radiation. On the other hand skylights are directly exposed to the sky. Thus they lose more heat by radiation. Proper insulation can reduce this heat loss to a large extent. In the summer season skylights are more exposed to the direct heat of the sun than windows.
These are like Gods own television screens! Moreover skylights will usually bring in more light than windows and are a great alternative to artificial lighting. Skylights have been used in housing and other architecture from time immemorial and these can never go out of style. Very often skylights have been found in old churches. They add certain warmth and charm to the somber interiors. Skylights are used frequently in modern architecture as well and many modern malls hospitals restaurants and other large public places make use of skylights for natural daylight to light up common areas. When selected carefully and installed an energy-efficient skylight can help minimize heating cooling and lighting costs to very large extent.