Clerestory windows (pronounced clear-story) are above the eye level windows. Their purpose is to bring light and/or fresh air inside therefore eliminating the need for electric light during the day. The best thing about these windows is they can bring light and fresh air without compromising privacy. Clerestory windows come in different shapes according to the owner’s preference.
- Installing clerestory windows on the north side of a home, where they won’t be exposed to the highest level of direct sunlight, will keep cooling bills down for those in warm climates.
- In the winter, south-facing clerestory windows invite heat in from the sun. In the summer, trees and window shades can help minimize excessive heat gain.
- If you’re installing clerestory windows on the south side of a home, include a low-emissivity coating to reduce heat loss.