You will agree that skylights are a much sought-after architectural design feature. From hotels to hospitals to malls to homes, virtually all types of buildings have been seen to have skylights.
Not many people know that skylight is not a modern concept. You will be surprised to learn that ancient Roman architecture shows the earliest evidence of skylights. However, the skylights in those days were open holes not covered with any transparent or semi-transparent material like glass.
The skylight that looks more like the present-day ones appeared in the 1900s, and its charm has endured till today. The sustained popularity of skylights comes from the multiple benefits resulting from their installation. Besides adding an attractive aesthetic feature to the building, they can help bring down the energy costs.
The inflow of sunlight lowers the usage of lighting fixtures during the day throughout the year. Meanwhile, penetration of natural heat inside the building helps reduce the heating expenses. However, how energy-efficient skylights prove to be is dependent on certain factors.
Are you wondering whether the skylights in your home are emergency-efficient? To know the answer to it, you have to consider the following:
Location of the skylight
The skylight position has a significant impact on the light and heat gain/loss through it. In cold climates, skylights on the south-facing roof slopes bring in optimal solar heat. Conversely, skylights placed on the north-facing slopes result in minimal heat sneaking inside. So, choosing the best die of your home for putting in a skylight can make a marked difference in your HVAC costs.
Ratings of the skylight
You should know the U-Factor and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ratings of your skylights. Window insulation is rated by the U-Factor, which means that a skylight with a low U-Factor will not allow heat transfer through it.
The SHGC, shown as a number less than 1, is a measure of the solar heat gain by the skylight. A number closer to 1 indicates more solar heat let in through the skylight and vice versa. Homes in regions with a colder climate use skylights with high SHGC.
Size of the room
Skylights can bring energy efficiency to your home if their size is correct in proportion with that of the room. The recommended size of skylight is 5% of the total area of the room if it has other windows, and up to 15% of the area if the room does not have windows.
Finesse in skylight installation
The diligence and precision in the installation of the skylight affect its performance. Hire the right professionals to get optimal energy efficiency from your skylights.
Want to increase the natural light entering your home? Wish to enjoy the dazzling view of the night sky from the comfort and security of your room? Call in the experts at Tedrick’s Roofing for skylight installation in your Auburn, WA home. We can help you enjoy these and several other benefits of skylights. Contact us at (206) 824-3440.