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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skylights For an Energy Efficient Home

By ARTLOOK GLASS   Posted at  8:47 AM  

Skylights For an Energy Efficient Home

Did you know that a survey found that the average American is spending more than $1,500 on energy every year? Imagine if it were possible to bring down this amount by a third or even a half!

It has been noted by designers and architects that it is possible for people to save on utility bills if their house is designed with this in mind. This process is called daylighting and it includes the use of windows, glass and skylights for the purpose of saving energy.

Skylights are a great way of minimizing heating, cooling and lighting costs as they provide natural light, heat and warmth. There is only one proviso: the home must be built to suit this requirement and proper elements must be installed in the right manner.

You can maximize the energy efficiency of skylights in the following ways.

Optimizing design: The first consideration would be to determine the kind of skylight and its right positioning. To do this, it is necessary that homeowners understand how skylights help in making the home energy efficient. One indicator is the 5-star rating system. This shows how effective the unit will be in different seasons. Further, there is a WERS (Window Energy Rating System) that analyses energy efficiency based on the differences in how windows and skylights can help the home. Before remodeling the house or building a new house, it is necessary to incorporate energy efficiency as an integral part of the entire design.