When Solar Tubes attack... Polar Vortex edition
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    Smile When Solar Tubes attack... Polar Vortex edition

    The town house we moved into last year has a solar tube/skylight in the kitchen. Up to now, it's been fantastic for letting in ambient light and saving on electricity.

    Fast forward to the Polar Vortex... and the aftermath. I woke up this morning to what sounded like a miniature landslide in the kitchen. I realize it's coming from the solar tube. Warm, moist air in the house condensed and froze inside the tube once it reached the roofline inside the attic.

    Now that it's above freezing, all that frost is breaking loose and shooting ice crystals down the tube into the kitchen. The rest is dripping from the tube.

    Nothing to do at the moment but wait for it all to melt and clean up the mess. I'm not sure if this is just due to the extreme cold recently or it this is going to be a regular winter occurrence.

    Anybody else with solar tube in cold climates?

    PS On the plus side, the cats are freaking the f*ck out, so that's fun to watch.
    The Law of Headwinds states: If the ride out is easy... wait.

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    I remember when these things first came out. To me, it seems they have all the disadvantages of a skylight, without the view a skylight will give.....
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    I'd never heard of a solar tube until your post. Our office has light wells, which perform admirably, as do the skylights in the homes I'm familiar with.

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    When Solar Tubes attack... Polar Vortex edition

    Quote Originally Posted by mtrac View Post
    I'd never heard of a solar tube until your post. Our office has light wells, which perform admirably, as do the skylights in the homes I'm familiar with.
    It could be a “light well”. I’ve seen them called a variety of things. Basically, it’s a cylinder made of reflective material that runs from the ceiling through the attic and ends at a round skylight on the roof.

    Here, they call it a “sun tunnel”...

    https://www.rona.ca/en/sun-tunnel



    Ours runs at an angle through the attic. Worked great until it turned into an ice dispenser.

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    The Law of Headwinds states: If the ride out is easy... wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post

    PS On the plus side, the cats are freaking the f*ck out, so that's fun to watch.

    Solar Vortex???

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