How To Prevent Heat Loss From Skylight Windows

How To Prevent Heat Loss From Skylight Windows

Maybe you’re one of those people who is eager to install a skylight in your roof, but are holding back because you wonder how to prevent heat loss from skylight installation. At Danpal, we understand why you might have some questions about the energy efficiency of a skylight. You’re worried that the skylight which, in the brighter, warmer months, adds natural light to your interior space will be unable to prevent cold winter air from entering, thereby subjecting you to heat loss through skylights. We’re happy to reassure that that a skylight might actually keep your home warmer in the cold winter months, as long as it’s placed in the correct position. Just because we see less of the sun in the winter doesn’t mean that the sun has left us. It’s still up there, warming us, so rest assured that skylight winter heat loss doesn’t need to be a problem for you.

In the winter, the presence of your skylight can lower your heating bill because the sun is taking on some of that work. With a south-facing skylight, the temperature of an area is increased because the skylight picks up a greater amount of sunshine than those skylights that face other directions.

Energy efficiency and the comfort of thermal skylights can operate in harmony with the right product. We spend a lot of our time indoors: doesn’t it make sense that we should be comfortable?

The Truth About Skylight Heat Loss: Do Skylights Lose Heat?

We’re used to the ways in which innovative technology delivers more quality and efficiency to so many aspects of our lives. That’s also true when we’re talking about skylights. Skylights from a past era can be prone to leaking. The technology of the time didn’t include today’s levels of insulation or contemporary glazes and coatings which nurture much more efficient energy usage. Because today’s consumer is extremely concerned about the environment and how to use energy wisely, modern skylights are designed to provide support for your home’s heating and cooling systems. Heat loss from skylight windows? Not with today’s cutting-edge skylight technology!

What Is the Best Way to Block Heat From Skylight Windows

Hard as it might be to believe, skylights can support more heat in the cold season, and also help to block heat in the warm months. Danpal offers shades and blinds that can block out the sun so that you don’t have to deal with the heat and glare in the summer months. You might choose to have the shades installed at the same time that you schedule your skylight installation.

If you install solar and electric venting skylights that can open up the skylight at night during the summer, the day’s heat will be vented out of your home. when venting skylights are opened at the same time as vertical windows, they help to air out the entire house, cooling the air naturally instead of using electricity to turn on fans and air conditioning. You can see how this will help your budget during those summer months when your electric bill soars as the temperature rises.

Technology can produce heat resistant skylights that block harmful ultraviolet rays and infrared heat. With skylight covers, the sun’s heat is reduced while the sun’s light still comes in, enhancing illumination while minimizing the effects of higher outdoor temperatures.

How Do Skylights Let Heat In?

The answer to how skylights let heat in is actually quite simple and depends on where the skylight is located. If a skylight faces south, it’s going to be able to let in more heat so that, even in winter, your home has a source of heat that comes from nature itself.

Now you’ve seen how skylights can actually improve the performance of your heating and cooling systems throughout the year. They reduce heat loss through skylight access to light in the cold months, and increase cooling in the summer months. Imagine the difference a skylight will make in your comfort and your utility bills!

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