Skylight / July 16, 2018 / Delphine Demers
The air near the ceiling is automatically cooled when fresh air flows in from outside. These roof skylights are so designed that they open and close a little to let in the fresh air. The glass tilts at about 45 degrees. There is a small handle to manually open the venting roof skylight. You crank the handle slightly to open or close or adjust the angle and position of the glass. The venting roof skylights are located in the ceiling of the house and are hard to reach so there is an extension to the handle. Otherwise every time you want to open or shut the venting roof skylight you will need a ladder or a high stool. Nowadays electronically operated venting skylights are also becoming very popular.
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.
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.