Skylight / October 19, 2018 / Faye Savoie.
Skylights let in outdoor light cutting down on both heating and electricity costs. When a skylight is designed and installed properly it can light an entire room provide heat and improve the appearance of your home or business. These are just some of the basic benefits to using skylights; you could even look into utilizing the solar power from your skylights in different ways to live more eco-friendly. No matter what type of home or business ceiling thickness you have there is a skylight design that will work for you. For buildings with thick ceilings attics or multi-storied buildings often utilize tubular skylights. For the layperson the easiest way to describe tubular skylight design is a long tubular channel with a collector at the top and a diffuser at the bottom that will illuminate an area between 75 and 150 square feet per 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.
Another modern option is to have a replacement skylight with double panes of glass with a layer of argon gas infused in between the panes. New features and options make getting a replacement skylight a more viable option than just shingling over the old one. Remote controls make it possible to open and close a skylight on a whim rather than having to clamber about on ladders. Some skylights can also come with rain sensors so they will close the moment they feel raindrops or too much moisture. These options allow the skylight to vent the house while also protecting it against damage.
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.