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by Ron Hazelton on September 06, 2014 in News
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This is an excellent video! In the spring and summer, it's like our house is a dungeon thanks to two very big maples in our backyard! I'd like to cut down the trees, but I think this could be less expensive and provide even better results for a well-lit home! I would feel nervous attempting myself, however.
you can even install some with elbows and turns.. same effect. And NO, I really didn't have any issue with heat loss. It was well installed with insulation, etc. You only disrupt a few roof tiles, get a GOOD contractor to do it if you are not sure.
Vt here: I never have a heat loss issue by the way!
I live in Vt. and had 2 dark corners... I knew about solar tubes abut 15yr ago.. and introduced my contractor to them.. he was skeptical... but did his research and talked to people and read the directions on how to install them! ( yes men can read instructions!). I had one and then another about a yr later. They are WONDERFUL and relatively inexpensive. About $600 plus labor. I too have people ask me how to turn the light off in my bathroom!!
With a nice gentle pitch to our roof, I was brave enough to attempt to put two of these in, one in a window less bathroom, the second in the kitchen. We love them. We had eight more installed in a 6400sq ft doggy daycare. Six of them are in the 4000 sq ft daycare room, and two in the office. There are days where we forget to turn on the lights. They are not recommended for metal roofs because of the ridges in the roofing.
RON, YOU THE MAN, lots of great infro on most projects .this tubular skylight is just one example
No heat or a/c loss and no outside air coming in.. Mine are 10 years old, so I say this with confidence..
If you are talking about the ones you can close off the light, then it is opened/closed with a remote with batteries in it.. and I believe the tube uses batteries as well..
Can they be installed on flat roofs? I would love to have 2 solar tubes installed!
Hey now,..Jed lived in a great BIG house in Beverly Hills, with a ceement pond in the back yard and a HOT lookin' blonde daughter.I'd live next to Jed & family any day,..as long as they left Jethro back in Hooterville, or wherever the heck he was from.And Granny makes some of the best roadkill stew i've ever tasted!What more could you ask for?
what about the shingle ya damaged dureung installation ?
I don't feel confident working on the roof Ron. Do you ever come to Michigan?
I had Solar Tubes installed when I had my house built in Central Florida, lots of rain and heat. No problems. The light is great and does not let in heat. I thought someone left the lights on when the house was being built, then realized I didn't even have electricty yet.
I'm sure that there are options for using chargeable batteries or possibly using a plug in device. When you are shopping skylights you can search these options as I am sure there are various power options available.
Good luck with your projects,
Emily LymanRon Hazelton Team
The thing about HOA's is that you need to get yourself on the board so that you can work to make common sense changes in the regs. There must be some reason that yours doesn't allow skylights, but maybe not a coherent one.
I favor HOAs (covenants) ................ya don't want "Jed Clampett" moving next door !
I like to limit the "holes" in my roof ..............always a potential for a leak..... we do have a skylite in one of our bathrooms that is in the center of the house .....there has always been a concern of a hail storm ........
Thanks for the info, Johann. I will check that out. Hubby and I really did not have much choice about purchasing a house controlled by a HOA; in the Houston-Galveston area most homes are covered by HOAs because there is little or no zoning. The alternative would have been much more costly because we would have needed to purchase a home with acreage which is pricey and, since we are retired, would be too much work to maintain.
I am in FL in a community with large trees and it causes some of interior to be on the dark side. I had 2 of these installed 6 yrs ago, one in master bath and one in kitchen. They only let in the light, no heat, and now they have ones that have a remote that allows you to close an interior cover to block the light if you wish.. If you like natural light instead of turning on the lamps, this is for you. I love them.. my son was visiting and ask me 'how do I turn off the light in the kitchen'. I think the cost is well worth it.. I do recommend professional installation unless you are very good at handy work.
That is the reason, that I NEVER would buy a home that involves a HOA. You can live there and have to pay $ and you can not even fart, lol,sorry.A lot of HOA impose ordinances that is/are gainst the laws. And yes if a city,county,state or federal law say's that you can do that, then city, county,state and federal law over-rides the HOA ordinance.For example.....You are allowed to place a satellite dish that is smaller than 1 meter (39 inches) on your property/house etc,per federal law.....But most HOA's will not allow that, but the HOA's in doing so are in violating federal laws. What most folks done, have dish network install the satellite dish and if there is a problem dish network taking the HOA's to court for violating the federal law .
Now in your case, I would get in contact with Department of Energy in your state( not to be confused with your power company) and explain the matter to them in writing and see if there are any laws in your state that will allow you to install that skylight to preserve energy.Department of energy may install and pay for it, with almost no cost involved.A friend of mine had to pay $50 to insulate the whole 20 year old mobile home and my friend did not have to do the work , after my friend contacted the department of energy.
I had one professionally installed in my previously very dark (duplex) living room years ago and it is great. I used to have to turn lights on during the day, it was so dark. My understanding is that it only lets light in - not heat. That was important because it gets HOT where I live in the summer. I have never noticed heat coming in nor escaping. I only wish I'd had one put in the entry way at the same time because the price has gone up considerably since I had mine installed.
I had seen a show on these maybe about 25 years ago. They had cut ONE hole in the roof and branched THREE tubes into different areas of the house ~ genius!
In northern climates it is rather foolish installing these as you may as well punch a hole in your roof or simply leave a window open during the winter.
We have three of these installed over a north facing family room and breakfast room in our rambler, but due to a very steep roof, elected to have them professionally installed. Makes both rooms feel more like south facing rooms. Plan to install additional units in our master bedroom and walk-in closet.
I have always wanted to do this. The only thing is hooking up electric. Do you have to or did it have chargeable batteries?
I could really use this for a windowless bathroom, the master bedroom closet and my laundry room, but my HOA prohibits skylights. Are there any laws in Texas or Federal energy laws that would override this prohibition legally?
That is wonderful!!
I like this one!!! Thanks Ron
In the seasonal changes time how much heat/coolness loss could be expected?