When it comes to choosing replacement windows, the SHGC or solar heat gain coefficient is one factor to consider. Don’t let that fancy term scare you, though. Understanding this energy performance indicator might seem like a minor detail, but it’s crucial in helping you achieve significant energy savings for your home. Read on to learn more about it.
What Is a Window’s SHGC?
The SHGC is a measurement that shows the amount of solar heat that can pass through a window or any fenestration like a door or skylight. Essentially, it’s a rating that ranges from zero to one; the lower the number, the better the window is at blocking unwanted heat from the sun. Many people are unaware of this value when choosing new windows, but it’s an important aspect of window performance that needs to be taken into account.
Why Should I Care About a Window’s SHGC?
The SHGC of a window can have an impact on your home’s energy consumption. Lower SHGC means your windows allow less solar heat into your home, reducing the need for air conditioning. This, in turn, results in lower energy bills.
Not only that, but SHGC also impacts your home’s comfort levels. Windows with a high SHGC can make a room feel overly hot in the summer, causing discomfort. That said, such a rating that’s close to one is considered ideal in areas experiencing cold, harsh winters.
How Renewal by Andersen® of Wyoming Can Help
Our team at Renewal by Andersen® of Wyoming understands the energy performance ratings of windows. We can help advise on windows and sliding patio doors with optimal SHGC for your home, climate, and personal preferences, ensuring you make the best choices for your windows. After all, making an informed decision is key to your long-term comfort and energy savings.
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For high-quality replacement windows and patio doors, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Wyoming. Call us at (307) 472-2199, or complete our online form. We serve clients in Cheyenne and Laramie, WY, and the surrounding communities.