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Skylight

We're putting a skylight into our new ensuite.  Originally we thought this would be good because we couldn't see the need for a window that would need to be frosted over. No-one would be able to see in or out via a skylight (well, except for pilots and passengers in those planes from Moorabbin Airport!).

We then changed our mind after thinking about ventilation through the top floor.  Most two story homes we've been to have had issues with the top floor being very hot.  A window would have the advantage of being able to easily left ajar so that a breeze can blow through, whereas a skylight is either fixed or opening, and if it does open, more difficult to open and close. 

However, when we spoke to our builder, Matt, we were several hours too late - the wall had just been framed and erected. Matt was willing to change it for us, if we obtained building approval, but he also explained that the window might well be a more expensive proposition (see my original post).

We thought through it again and decided to continue with a skylight, but paying more for the opening and closing version.  We selected from the Velux range - a Manual Skylight, C04 (550 x 980mm) with VS2005 Comfort Double Glazing.  All their skylights are double glazed.  Part of the reason why we opted to continue is that because heat rises, a slightly open skylight will allow that heat to escape.

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  1. Dave,
    Why don't you install a thermometer connected to a small solar powered motor, one that can detect both indoor and outdoor ambience and it could then open and close the window for you?
    I'm sure there is such a thing in existence - if not invent it!
    Skylight is better - now you have more wall space for hanging and storage.
    Cheers
    Kevin

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  2. Good point re hanging and storage - thanks!

    The Velux skylights have electronic options, for opening and closing the skylight and blinds. An external rain sensor can close the skylight, and I think the literature suggests that opening and closing of the window and blinds can be programmed via the remote control.

    The catch is the price. A manual opening and closing skylight (no blind) is $826 for the smallest, and $1,910 for the electric version (no blind).

    A manual blind is $165-175, depending on chosen type, and the electric version is $468-479. Hence a fully automatic window, with electric blind, is over $2,300 for the smallest window.

    I think I'll run the risk of doing it manually!

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