Vinyl windows are a popular choice among homeowners because they are energy-efficient, scratch resistant, easy to clean and maintain, and are very affordable. Vinyl windows are also available in a variety of styles, such as double hung, casement, and bow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones can save homeowners about a third on their energy bills.
Vinyl windows in Monmouth County, NJ which carry an ENERGY STAR government rating are designed to keep homes insulated and maintain a comfortable indoor climate regardless of the season. ENERGY STAR-qualified windows are manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner, are tested and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and have met the stringent energy efficiency guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally, the performance criteria for different ENERGY STAR-qualified windows are based on the characteristics of specific climate zones.
Monmouth County in New Jersey is located in the North-Central Climate Zone, and consumers should only choose windows that are qualified for this region. ENERGY STAR-qualified products— such as windows, doors, and skylights— must carry certified U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ratings. Windows for the North-Central Climate Zone must possess a U-factor of 0.32 or less, and an SHGC of 0.40 or less.
Contractors that install energy-efficient house windows in Monmouth County, NJ state that aside from significant energy savings, vinyl replacement windows also provide a healthy return on investment. The following excerpt from HouseLogic provides more information:
Window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of investment return: For vinyl windows, you can recoup 71.2% of the project cost in added home value, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report.
Based on the replacement projects outlined in Cost vs. Value that use vinyl windows, that’s a value add of about $7,000-$9,300. Plus, if you choose windows that qualify for the federal tax credit, you can effectively lop $200 off the purchase price for windows put into service if installed before Dec. 31, 2013.
Contractors that install high quality replacement windows, like All County Exteriors, carry windows from brands like Alside, Simonton, and Silverline. These made-to-order windows can be customized to match the clients’ current window dimensions. Clients can also choose from a wide variety of window products and configurations, color options, and select the grid and cut glass styles.
(Article Excerpt and Image from What You Need to Know About Buying Energy-Efficient Windows; HouseLogic)