Skylight / July 12, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
Skylights let natural light stream into your home bringing warmth and a feeling of spaciousness. When properly selected and used they can reduce your need for electric lighting and minimize your heating and cooling costs. There are also health benefits to this wonderful sunlight that shines on us. If you lack sufficient sunlight on your skin you will suffer health effects. Thats because the human body was designed to be exposed to sunlight on a frequent basis. We evolved after all under the natural sun not under fluorescent lighting. Our environment was one with plentiful sunlight. Skylights can provide up to 30% more natural light than vertical windows while making a small space seem bigger.
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.
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.