Skylight / July 16, 2018 / Delphine Demers
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.
The size and style of skylight you choose may suit your personal style but for the most effective use of a skylight you will want to consult a profession who can evaluate your building to help determine which styles shapes locations and sizes of skylights will benefit you. In this time of everyone seeking to be more eco-friendly and live a "greener" life one of the easiest and quickest ways to begin transforming your habits is to install skylights. The many varieties sizes and uses for skylights make them a versatile and affordable choice. Skylights are added to a house for more than purely aesthetic reasons. They bring in more natural light than average windows do and when added in artistically placed clusters they can turn any room into a solarium.
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.