These Aren’t Your Parents’ Skylights
Now that you have a better grasp on daylighting, we realize it may feel a little too good to be true. Wait, these skylights flood my home with sunlight and keep the heat and cold out? But we’re all coming from a place where windows were coveted for their views and serene breezes on temperate fall and spring days and cursed when they leaked frigid air in the winter and suffocating heat in the summer. Those days are well behind us.
Before we get into how skylights have evolved, a couple of points to consider as you begin shopping for yours: First, and likely most critically, since it was an eye toward upgrading your home’s energy efficiency that brought you here, look for the energy performance ratings. Energy Star® determined the criteria by climate, which, as we mentioned in our last post, should be one of the primary considerations in designing a natural daylighting system.
Size also matters, despite what you may have heard. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “As a rule of thumb, the skylight size should never be more than five percent of the floor area in rooms with many windows and no more than 15 percent of the room’s total floor area for spaces with few windows.”
Now, to help you understand a bit better what you’re going to be scrutinizing, the glazing is perhaps the most significant difference between the skylights we grew up with and the most energy-efficient skylights of today. Thanks in large part to new glazing techniques, modern skylights are capable of locking in the cool air in the summer and the warmth in the winter.
We’ve come to define an energy-efficient skylight as one that not only helps stabilize the home’s interior temperature but also minimizes the need for artificial lighting. And the line that’s proven to be the most capable of doing that is the Quasar Prismatic Skylights. What distinguishes it is the industry-leading prismatic glazing. Coupled with our proprietary dome shape, the Quasar skylights transmit more natural light than any other on the market.
Whether this is an immediate renovation or one that’ll unfold in phases, we’re happy to discuss the options that are suited to your budget and craft a design that will make the best use of them.