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What Direction Should Skylights Face?

Installing a skylight can provide a multitude of benefits to your home! It can give it increased ventilation, an abundance of natural light, and even raise your home’s property value! However, you shouldn’t just place them anywhere. An experienced contractor will have the knowledge and expertise to determine the optimal skylight placements for the best results. The way a skylight faces will determine exactly what type of benefits you can reap from them. We’ll go over some of the most popular directions for skylight placement and what they can offer your home below!

North-Facing Skylights

Since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, skylights that face north won’t get direct sunlight beating down into the room. Depending on what you want to get out of your new skylights, this is a good thing! Northern-facing ones get natural light consistently throughout the day, but with the absence of direct rays comes cooler temperatures in your room. If you live in a warmer climate but still want to reap the natural light benefits a skylight offers, facing your skylight north can be an effective compromise!

South-Facing Skylights

You may think that southern-facing skylights would carry similar benefits to their northern counterparts. You may be right in terms of the amount of natural light they provide, as south-facing skylights get consistent sunlight throughout the day. However, this does not mean that they are the same temperature! South-facing skylights bring in much hotter sunlight throughout the year. While this may be a blessing during the chilly winter months, the summer months may bring some unwanted heat to your doorstep. South-facing skylights work best if you live in a colder climate.

East-Facing Skylights

There’s something that’s just more inviting about the way morning light creeps in through the window. Do you want an abundance of it? Installing your skylight in an eastern-facing direction is a great way to make that happen! As you may have guessed, east-facing skylights are best for morning light viewing. They bring much-desired morning light and heat to a room that lacks it. The only drawback with this is that you may find that the light fades quicker than you think - especially in the afternoon. West-facing skylights are the opposite - great for afternoon light but not as great for the morning.

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