Skylight / July 9, 2018 / Delphine Demers
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.
This means more heat is going to find its way into the room at the most inopportune times of the day. The problem can be rectified by careful selection of skylights. Skylights in the home are the easiest least expensive and most effective way of sprucing up your home and giving it a makeover. The reason why skylights are becoming immensely popular is the way they encompass a slice of the sky within the home. They can thus impart roominess to any room. But to get maximum impact from skylights in the home it is important to understand the design positioning and size of skylights. Size: As a rule specialists believe that skylights illuminate a room that is roughly 20 times the size of the room.
If the room you intend to illuminate with the skylight has an open ceiling with no attic space above you can install the skylight without needing to construct a light shaft. This is by far the simplest installation and it offers the maximum amount of light and a view of the sky. For ceilings with an attic space above a light shaft must be constructed that connects the skylight to the room. Skylight shafts take one of three forms: Straight in which the shaft drops vertically from the roof to the ceiling and is the same dimension as the skylight itself. This type is the easiest to construct but because of its offset angle relative to the skylight offers the least amount of light.