Skylights are a great solution for bringing light into the house, especially for homes in Centro where there are narrow lots that don´t allow for windows towards the neighbors. However, with Merida´s sun, you also get a lot of unwanted heat that gets amplified with the glass. There is a solution for this that is simple and economical: the malla sombra. This product is normally used for greenhouses, which blocks the sun at different percentages (up to 95%). They come in different colors (white, beige, black, etc.) and can be easily installed. There are several advantages to this product; one is that even though it blocks the sun, it lets the light pass through so you can take advantage of Merida´s sunny weather without the heat. Also, it´s made to work in the exterior so it resists the sun and weather conditions. Another benefit is, if you have an air conditioner in the same room as a skylight, it makes the room cooler which improves its efficiency, saving you some money.
Architect Fernando Abreu heads the design-build firm Studio Abreu. Here he will offer informative tips for enhancing homes in the Yucatan.