Ways Skylight Could Affect Energy Efficiency

Ways Skylight Could Affect Energy EfficiencyHaving skylights in your home means you can count on having plenty of natural light throughout the year. While this can be beneficial for you, keep in mind that skylights can have an impact on your home’s energy efficiency as well.

Here’s how skylights can make your home less efficient:

Heat Loss

During winter, your home’s furnace or heat pump warms up indoor air so that you won’t get chilly, especially at night. When you have skylights installed in your home, heated air from inside your home can escape through them. This can also happen with regular windows, but heat loss from skylight windows tends to be a bit higher. This heat loss usually occurs at night, which can force your HVAC system to run longer in order to keep your home heated.

Heat Gain

Skylights let in plenty of natural sunlight, but they also allow more solar heat to get into your home. During the warmer part of the year, this can make these parts of your home uncomfortably hot. Your air conditioning system has to run more often to make up for this heat gain, resulting in reduced energy efficiency. Having skylights on the north-facing areas of your roof lets in the lowest amount of solar heat. However, rooms that have skylights in your Florida home can still end up being too hot.

Energy Efficiency Concerns

When your heating or cooling system has to work harder or run more frequently in order to keep your home comfortable, this can raise your energy bills significantly. This can also lead to added wear and tear on your HVAC system, which can result in repairs or a need to replace your system sooner than you expected.

If you need more tips on energy efficiency for your home, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We offer HVAC services in Martin County, Palm Beach County, and Indian River County that can make homes more energy-efficient.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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