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When adding skylights to your sunroom you have a variety of choices depending on your needs and desires. Skylights and sunrooms are the perfect pairing to achieve a passive solar design that uses the sun’s energy for heating and cooling your living space. Additionally, today’s skylight features go even further to give you flexibility and control over your environment.
Greater control to keep your environment comfortable
A popular choice, the Velux Solar Powered “Fresh Air” skylight. These remote controlled solar powered skylights do not require wiring making installation more cost effective. With the integrated rain sensor, the skylight will close automatically if rain threatens. Silcon dioxide glass enables water to disperse evenly, evaporates quickly, greatly reducing water spotting. Lastly, having the ability to remotely open your sunroom skylights is a simple and safe way to add ventilation without open window.
More choices for the budget
Velux “Fresh Air” skylights can also come in electric or manual options. The electric “Fresh Air” skylights open with the touch of a button. If you forget to close it, a rain sensor will shut the skylight during inclement weather. Depending on the pitch of your sunroom ceiling you might be able to get by with the manual version.
Still one of the most popular choices by homeowners is the Velux fixed skylight, which are perfect for visually expanding and further brightening your sunroom. This skylight comes with some of the basic features of the operable skylights such as the water repealing glass that reduces spotting.
Skylights in sunrooms are a perfect fit
Today’s skylights suitable for sunrooms, bear little resemblance to earlier generations of residential skylights.
Velux skylights comply with the “0.30-0.30” standards, that is, a maximum Solar Heat Gains Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 and a maximum Thermal Resistance (U-factor) coefficient of 0.30.
Alternatively, you can choose a very low SHGC coefficient (as close to 0.2 as possible) will reduce unwanted solar heat gains to lower levels; and a low U-factor (also as close as possible to 0.2) will reduce heat loss, which is critical in cold climates. Only top skylights like Velux can meet these standards, which are beneficial for sunroom passive designs.
Incorporating Velux skylights with a high VT (Visual Transmittance) value will allow more daylight to enter in your sunroom by positioning the roof skylight in a way that enhances your daylighting design. Vented skylights enhance airflow and can eliminate hot air accumulating in the summer months.
Skylights bring natural overhead light and air into the sunroom and allow for greater flexibility to create privacy without sacrificing natural light.