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Old 04-28-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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I have a vented skylight over the staircase in my 1920's rowhome. I have no idea if it is orignal or not, but does seem to cause the stairwell to be either very hot or cold when the outside temp is above 90F or below 30F. Any thoughts on making this a little more energy efficient?

I did read here: http://forum.brownstoner.com/question/k-js3vuzblI=/is-old-skylight-over-common-hallway-meant-for-proper-ventilation-too

That these used to be covered with a piece of glass at ceiling height, is there any truth to this?
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Not sure where to put this, so I'll start here. Mods, please move if appropriate!

I have a vented skylight over the staircase in my 1920's rowhome. I have no idea if it is orignal or not, but does seem to cause the stairwell to be either very hot or cold when the outside temp is above 90F or below 30F. Any thoughts on making this a little more energy efficient?

I did read here: http://forum.brownstoner.com/question/k-js3vuzblI=/is-old-skylight-over-common-hallway-meant-for-proper-ventilation-too

That these used to be covered with a piece of glass at ceiling height, is there any truth to this?
My house was built in 1980 so I'm sure it's quite different but I have a skylight that I installed in about 1985. During the winter a cold draft could be felt under the skylight shaft. I decided to install a sheet of plexiglas at the bottom of the shaft at the level of the ceiling. The plexiglas is supported by a plastic or nylon grate. Works well and reduces the cold draft by about 90%-95%. Something like that might help you too. I posted a pic in a previous thread which you may be able to find by searching my posts. If not I'll post a pic tomorrow.
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Thanks Dave, that's a good idea. Do you remove it during the summer or leave it in place all year round?
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No, it's stays put all year long. Never had any problems with it and it keeps the conditioned air where it belongs, below the ceiling.
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I have a 1940s rowhouse with airshaft/skylight. There is indeed a rotating window at ceiling height. It does a reasonably good job of maintaining the temperature.
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Love these reminders of simple, effective designs.

Can be made a bit better with 2 pane insulating glass for a new frame.

Is it possible for a close up of stop moldings/weather strip?

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I did weather strip it a few weeks ago. Does a good job of holding out the cold and noise.

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