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Why Home Airing Is Important

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The average person spends more than two thirds of their time indoors in a typical week. With that much time spent inside, we should care about the quality of the air we breathe in our homes.  The average person spends more than two thirds of their time indoors in a typical week. With that much time spent inside, we should care about the qualit...
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Comprehensive Skylight Applications

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1) Roof Windows Roof windows are perfect for upper floor bonus rooms where they will be within reach for easy opening. 2) Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights The Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylight features a solar panel that charges an internal battery and control system. The skylight is remote controlled and solar powered, which means it requires ...
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These are examples of homemade skylights.

Actually they are not skylights at all, they are a combination of a skylight and a window so they're on the roof and also leaning on a brick wall. This client was having some leaking problems with these units, but we are not able to rebuild new ones. Unfortunately, we just said thanks, but no thanks 
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The Fifth Wall Design Tips

Fifth wall design tip #1  Skylights open the fifth wall to the outdoors, by providing a view of blue skies, starry nights, passing storms or treetops swaying in the breeze. They bathe the room in natural light, revealing true colors and textures. Plus, skylights can open to enliven the space with fresh air, and, with blinds, now available in m...
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The Fifth Wall Design Tips

Fifth wall design tip #1 Skylights open the fifth wall to the outdoors, by providing a view of blue skies, starry nights, passing storms or treetops swaying in the breeze. They bathe the room in natural light, revealing true colors and textures. Plus, skylights can open to enliven the space with fresh air, and, with blinds, now available in more th...
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Skylight Condensation

This skylight has a lot of condensation forming on the underside of the interior pane of glass. Because it's in a bathroom, the high level of humidity in the air (from showering), causes an excessive amount of condensation to form, during cold weather. The colder the  winter temperatures outside, and the higher the humidity level inside, the more condensation will form. IN Fact, the condensation was so much that it would occasionally drip down onto the drywall below and it has caused the paint to bubble.

This is an example of a skylight drainage system working properly. This Velux curb mounted glass skylight’s condensation drainage system is allowing any condensation that forms on the inside of the glass, to drain properly to the exterior. In cold weather, this continuous slow drainage of condensation, forms like an icicle.

Theres so much condensation on the inside of this skylight that you can clearly see if from outside. Eventually , all this condensation drips down into the gutters, drains down to the low end of the skylight, and is discharged to the outside.

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Bathroom exhaust fan systems

This is an example of the right kind of duct work to use for bathroom exhaust fan systems. The duct work is an insulated pipe with an aluminum exterior skin.

This allows for the hot air from the bathroom to go thru the pipe and to be exhausted to the exterior without putting any heat or humidity in the attic space…….that would cause a lot of mold. Notice that the piping is well sealed to the fan with tuck tape as well as  sealed to the direct connect roof trap.

It’s also important to use the right roof exhaust trap (vent) on the exterior.  Most common exhaust traps have a very low profile.  We prefer to use the Ventilation Maximum trap that rises 8 inches above the roof.  This keeps it out of the snow in the winter. Also, the Ventilation Maximum vents also has an anti-reverse  damper that allows the hot moist air to be exhausted to the outside, without allowing cold winter winds to blow inside. So, a properly designed bathroom exhaust system gets rid of all the host moist air in the house directly to the outside, without allowing any hot, moist air into the attic.

 

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Spring is here - let the sunshine in!

The perfect daylighting solution for overhead applications, Velux Solar Powered Skylights feature a solar panel that captures available daylight and uses it to recharge a battery powered operator and control system. It brings in abundant natural light and fresh air and installs as easily as a non-opening skylight as no wiring is required.   Spring is in the air -- call us and we'll let the sun shine in your home today. www.skylightsunlimited.ca

 

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