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Did you know that Phoenix, Arizona is one of the sunniest places in the country? It’s true. If you’ve lived here for any period of time, it comes as no surprise that the great state of Arizona receives more sun than almost any other state.

Although natural sunlight has plenty of benefits such as vitamin D and even offering a natural boost in your mood. While the sunshine might have you smiling here in Phoenix, it might also be causing your energy bills to rise and a feeling of discomfort inside of your home.

What is Solar Heat Gain?

Solar heat gain (SHG) is heat that warms up your home due to the sun’s rays. If you feel that a room in your home is warmer during a specific time of the day, this is an instance of solar heat gain.

Solar heat gain heats your home through radiation. Your windows absorb some of this radiation, which prevents solar heat gain from heating your home up like an oven.

However, the amount of radiation that is absorbed varies from window to window. When you’re shopping for new replacement windows, you’ll need to pay special attention to the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). This rating represents how effective your windows are at absorbing solar heat gain. In Arizona, you’ll want to look for a SHGC rating of no less than 0.32 if you have significant energy bills during the summer.

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How Can You Control Solar Heat Gain in the Home?

In an area like Phoenix, you’ll want to have as much control as possible on solar heat gain. If there is a room in your home that gets very hot in the summer, the issue is typically solar heat gain. Window treatments can help lessen the impact of sun exposure and keep your home cooler during the hottest days in Phoenix.

If you’re living with very old single pane windows, you’re likely to experience a significant amount of SHG. Replacing your windows will make an almost immediate improvement on the comfort level of your home.

Dual pane windows create another barrier to help block out harmful UVs from entering into your home. They also trap heat between the panes. To take things a step further, you can also opt for a single or double coat of low-e glazing. This reflects solar radiation that hits the glass and improves the overall efficiency of your window.

In a sunny state like Arizona, you don’t want to hope for the best in terms of your window’s SHGC. Universal Windows Direct offers top-of-the-line windows that reduce solar heat gain and keep your home more comfortable. Contact us today for more information.