Blog > Category > Posted: 2017-Dec-20, Updated: 2023-Apr-05
The SHGC of a window is a measurement of the heat transmitted through a window that is absorbed and released into a home. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 to 1.
“0” being the least amount of heat being allowed through a window
“1” being the most amount of heat being allowed through a window
Solar gain enters the home through:
Solar heat gain can warm a room during the day in the winter (providing free heating), but it can also cause overheating in the summer. Keep in mind, there is no solar gain at night.
Window & glass manufacturers are able to control the intended solar gain or decreased loss through various levels of tinting or coatings that can be applied to the glass.
Finding the right balance of solar heat gain with an appropriate SHGC value depends upon:
High solar gain windows can be controlled in the summer with the use of external or internal shading devices.
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Need help deciding what SHGC is right for your rooms, leave the guessing out of it, and talk to your local window specialist. They’ll help you find the perfect window, that will maximize your home comfort and minimize your energy costs.
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