If you’re looking for new windows, it’s important to consider the SHGC rating that they’re labeled with, aside from the window’s color and design. SHGC stands for solar heat-gain coefficient, which pertains to the energy efficiency of the window unit. As such, knowing the SHGC rating of each window helps you make an educated decision, and helps you compare between units to help you decide which is the best pick for your home.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod, one of the top window companies in MA, shares the importance of SHGC ratings for your windows.
How Are Windows Rated For Efficiency?
Different home products such as doors, windows and skylights are tested by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) to gauge their energy efficiency. The NFRC designates appropriate SHGC ratings that pass their certification program. A great way to spot an energy-efficient product is to see if they have the ENERGY STAR® label, which can be found on windows, skylights, and doors.
Why Install Good SHGC-Rated Windows
Just like hiring the best window contractors, you would also want them to install the best windows for your home. This can be daunting for some homeowners, especially if it’s their first time handling a project like this. After all, there are numerous window options available on the market. This is where SHGC ratings come in handy since they can help you compare the energy efficiency of window products side-by-side.
To find out if a product has a good SHGC rating, 1 means that it allows as much solar heat to pass through a product, while 0 means that little heat passes through. For example, a window with an SHGC rating of 0.30 means that only 30% of the sun’s solar heat can pass through, making it a great option for homes that don’t want too much heat to pass through.
If you’re looking for the best window replacement contractors in the area, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod. Count on us for dependable window products and services. Call (508) 205-1200 or fill out our contact form to schedule a virtual consultation. We serve homeowners in Cape Cod, MA, and the surrounding communities.