South-facing replacement windows are great for flooding your home with natural light, but if you don’t have high-quality windows, passive heating may become a problem. Today, Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia shares tips to help you make the most of your south-facing windows.
The Truth About Passive Heating
Passive heating gets a bad rap in the window replacement industry, but it can be useful as well when harnessed properly. Look for windows that are appropriately rated depending on the heating and cooling requirements in your climate. You can find the information you need by checking the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of the unit, which should be stated on the label.
In regions with high heating requirements, a high SHGC is ideal, while a low SHGC is better in climates with high cooling requirements. For example, in Pennsylvania, which experiences a significant amount of cold weather but can also get quite hot in the summer, windows with SGHC ratings ranging between 0.35 and 0.60 are recommended. This will let you enjoy the benefits of passive heating when it’s cold outside, while avoiding excessive heating when summer rolls in.
South-Facing Windows and Energy Efficiency
With passive heating addressed depending on your heating and cooling needs, south-facing windows can have a big hand in your home’s overall energy efficiency, harnessing heat where it is needed and limiting it where it is unwanted. To guarantee year-round energy efficiency, look for windows with low-E glass. They will help you use passive heating the way you see fit while still admitting an abundance of natural light.
Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia is the window replacement expert to trust for all your needs. With our wide range of quality products, we can provide you with the window solution you are looking for. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (610) 813-6777. Schedule a FREE consultation with us today! We serve Philadelphia and the surrounding PA communities.