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.
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.
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.