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.
Typically flat glass skylights include all the installation materials and they are among the easiest to install. Moreover because they are glass these flat skylights are less likely to scratch. Domed acrylic skylights are among the most affordable especially compared to glass alternatives. These skylights are available in a variety of tints making them an attractive addition to any home or room. Unfortunately domed acrylic skylights do not offer the same noise protection as glass varieties and they tend to be more susceptible to leaking. Function Now that you know a little bit about the types of skylights available you should take some time to consider their function.
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.