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Skylights Must Have Adequate Ventilation

Skylights_Must_Have_Adequate_Ventilation.jpgSkylights are clever pieces of lighting accessories that save on electricity bills and allow the natural warmth and brightness of sunlight to permeate the room’s interiors. It gives your rooms an aura of glow and spaciousness. One important factor which is often ignored with skylights is the factor of adequate ventilation. Indeed, it is a common problem that is often overlooked and needs to be addressed promptly. There should always be a proper ventilation system with a skylight as this is what makes it efficient for use. There should be no obstruction in the vents and airflow should happen unhampered. The quality of design and installation of the skylight is crucial to achieving this. Let us look at some common problems and their solutions.

 

Usual Problems

The purpose of skylights is to let natural light enter and illuminate your rooms. The opening which allows light to enter can also pose problems for you because of condensation problems, particularly in the winter season. Warm air in the room tends to rise upwards, where it encounters the cold surface of the skylight. The surface cools the air and creates a draught which can take away heat from the entire room and make living uncomfortable. With an adequate ventilation system you can alleviate this problem, make for a comfortable environment and save substantially on heating bills.

 

Solutions

  1. Choose the best quality skylight you can find in the market and have it installed well by qualified personnel.
  2. You can cut a notch at the corner regions of the rafters of your skylight. Do this both on the lower and upper sides to ensure smooth flow of air through the vents.
  3. If you have ice problems, you can install interior storm panels.
  4. If you have a high ceiling, ensure that you have air barriers and outlets to smoothen the flow of air.
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