Skylights Can Vent, Manually, Electrically or by Solar
There are now three good choices on how to open and vent your skylight. Velux offers the manual “Fresh Air” Skylight, the electric “Fresh Air” Skylight or the solar “Fresh Air” Skylight, each with its own benefits.
These skylights are designed for curb and deck mounted installations and enables any home to enjoy nature and clean living. Opening for maximum fresh air, the venting skylight contributes to a home’s proper moisture balance and comfort level by allowing stale, humid air to be released.
Manual skylights are easily opened and closed with Velux control rods when installed in out-of-reach locations, e.g. above stairwells or in high ceilings. These are a popular choice for budget oriented homes or roofs with easy access.
But a smooth turning handle is available when skylights are installed within reach, usually in lofts or converted attics.
Another good choice is the electric skylight. These days the labor to install an electric skylight is no more than a manual skylight because the transformer and motor are pre-installed. And if inclement weather is on the way and you’re not at home, a rain sensor will automatically close the skylight for you.
Solar powered skylights feature a solar panel that captures any available daylight and uses it to recharge a highly efficient, fully concealed battery and control system. With the current 30% tax credit, this unit has become the most popular model. It also includes a rain sensor to close the unit in the event that inclement weather arises while you’re away.