Many homeowners are becoming more aware of their home’s energy efficiency, aiming to reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy costs. If you belong to this growing group, you may find it surprising that skylights significantly enhance your home’s energy efficiency
The Power of Natural Light
Natural light is not only aesthetically pleasing but also an effective way to reduce reliance on artificial light sources. Skylights provide ample natural light, allowing you to keep your lights off during the day, reducing your home’s electricity usage and, subsequently, your energy bill.
Solar Heat Gain
In addition to providing natural light, skylights can also contribute to your home’s heating through solar heat gain. This term refers to the increase in temperature in space due to the sun’s heat. A skylight can enhance solar heat gain during the winter months, reducing the need for artificial heating.
Ventilation and Cooling
But what about summer, you might ask? Won’t all that extra sunlight make my home unbearably hot? The answer is in the design of the skylight. Venting skylights that you can open to let fresh air in create a natural cooling system. Hot air rises and escapes through the skylight, drawing in cooler air from windows and other openings, which reduces the need for air conditioning.
Choosing Energy-Efficient Skylights
Of course, not all skylights are created equal regarding energy efficiency. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a skylight:
- Glazing: Look for skylights with double or triple glazing, which offer better insulation than single-glazed units.
- Coating: Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings can reduce heat transfer and control solar heat gain, making the skylight more energy-efficient.
- Size and Placement: The size and placement of your skylight can also affect its energy efficiency. As a general rule, skylights should not make up more than 5-10% of the floor area in rooms with few windows, and no more than 15-20% in rooms with many windows.
Skylights can indeed be an energy-efficient solution for your home, offering both cost savings and environmental benefits. By considering factors like glazing, coating, size, and placement, you can ensure that your skylight contributes to a greener, more energy-efficient home. Stay tuned for our next blog post where we’ll delve into the different types of skylights and how to choose the right one for your needs!