What’s the Ideal SHGC Rating for Your Windows?

Most people don’t think too deeply about window performance, but with today’s modern technology, homeowners can take energy efficiency into account when purchasing windows without sacrificing beauty. Indications of energy-efficient windows can be found in their energy performance ratings, which include SHGC. Read on as we explain everything you need to know about it.

What Is SHGC Rating?

SHGC stands for solar heat gain coefficient. It is one of the ratings the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) uses to certify a window’s energy efficiency. SHGC measures the amount of solar radiation from the sun that enters your home through the window. It is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. Lower SHGC values indicate that the window allows less solar heat, resulting in lower cooling costs.

Finding the Right SHGC Rating

When shopping for casement or double-hung windows, be sure to consider their energy performance ratings. ENERGY STAR®-certified replacement windows come with its label, as well as that of the NFRC, which has the information of the different ratings such as SHGC, U-factor, and visible transmittance.

The Department of Energy offers an online tool to calculate the optimal SHGC rating in your area. In Rancho Cordova, CA, the recommended SHGC rating for windows is 0.25 or less.

Benefits of Optimal SHGC Rating in Windows

The best SHGC rating helps keep your house at a comfortable temperature, saving you money and energy while keeping your home’s natural beauty. Installing windows with an optimal SHGC rating can reduce glare in certain parts of the day, making them ideal for natural lighting.

When you’re shopping for sliding or picture windows, keep the SHGC rating in mind. Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento can help you choose the windows and doors for your home that will save you the most money on energy costs. Get in touch with us to learn which windows come with the right performance rating for your local climate and meet your personal style. Call us today at (916) 779-5800, or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation! We serve customers in Sacramento, CA, and the surrounding areas.