How to Choose the Best Windows for the Desert Climate

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The windows you buy for your home depend a lot on where you live. If you live in a cold weather state, you’ll want to choose double- or triple-pane windows with insulating frames. If you live near the coast, you’ll want to invest in impact-resistant windows with vinyl or aluminum frames. And if you live in the desert, you’ll want windows that won’t let in much heat during the daytime.

Greco Roman Windows and Doors provides high quality window installation services to residents in the Phoenix area. We recognize the importance of choosing the right windows for our climate – not all windows are made for our extreme temperatures. We focus on providing our customers with premium windows that block heat, keep out UV rays and maximize natural light.

Below are some of the best window types for the desert climate.

Low-E Glass Windows

Low-E glass stands for low-emissivity glass. This glass has a type of coating that blocks out ultraviolet light and infrared light while allowing visible light to pass through. Therefore, you can enjoy a comfortable home without hot spots, plus protect your furnishings from damaging UV rays. Low-E glass windows are becoming increasingly popular because of their ability to block heat, especially here in Arizona.

Multi-Pane Glass Windows

Another option for desert windows is multi-pane glass. Single-pane glass uses a single layer of glass, and it’s economical. However, we don’t recommend it because it’s not efficient. Double- and triple-pane glass, on the other hand, provide extra insulation. The panes are separated by a space filled with air, and this blocks heat from entering your home. While multi-pane glass windows do cost more, the insulation and efficiency they provide makes them a better buy.

U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and Visible Transmittance

On NFRC rated windows, you will see a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and visible transmittance (VT) on the label. It’s important to know what these mean so that you know how your new windows are rated and certified. These features can also make a difference in your home’s comfort and efficiency.

  • U-factor. U-factor measures the rate of heat flow through the window. The lower the number,  the better, as this means the windows do a good job of keeping heat in.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. SHGC tells you how much solar heat comes through the window. The lower the number, the better, because less solar heat comes through.
  • Visible Transmittance. VT is how much natural light the window lets in during the daytime. The higher the number, the more light you’ll get.

Living in the desert climate, you’ll want to pay attention to these factors. The best window will have a low U-factor, low SHGC number and high VT number. To discuss the best windows for your Phoenix home in more detail, schedule an in-home consultation with Greco Roman Windows and Doors.