It’s that time again.
It’s that time again.
Fall officially arrived on September 22, 2010. The days are growing shorter and the weather is getting cooler. About time, right? We never can wait until that we get the first cold front that comes in. But then…when it does, we want to be warm!
Now is the time to call Air Squad and have a technician do a thorough heating/safety inspection on your furnace.
HEATING TUNE UP SERVICE
In Texas, the central air conditioning system is used year round. There are very few days that windows actually get opened to let the ac have a rest. If any machine works that hard, it will require repair, maintenance or replacement at some point.
To prolong the life of your unit, regular maintenance will keep it running at it’s peak performance level. Improving the fuel capacity and heating capacity will in the end lower the energy usage, thus lowering the energy bill.
All furnace and air conditioner manufacturers recommends routine maintenance. Almost all manufacturers owner’s manual & warranty state that the homeowner is required to maintain their equipment or the warranty may become void. Some manufacturers may even require you to keep a receipt of the routine professional maintenance.
Home warranty companies cover problems that are caused by normal wear & tear. Many will not cover problems caused by failure to perform required maintenance. Have a professional H.V.A.C. contractor perform routine tune ups on your heating and air conditioning system & also keep records to document proper maintenance.
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the stimulus bill “American Recovery & Reinvestment Act”.
If you have looked into the stimulus incentives, then you know how complicated they are. We are here to help you sort through the details & get you the most benefit.
Homeowners who install qualified air conditioning units or attic insulation between January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010 may qualify for this credit. This credit may qualify for 30% off the installation cost (up to $1500 per household).
Below is a list of eligible home heating/cooling equipment, as well as, insulation that Air Squad can provide for you.
Insulation and Sealing – Added insulation to walls, ceiling, or other parts of the building envelope and sealing ducts and cracks in the building shell to reduce infiltration and heat loss, as specified in the 2009 IECC model energy code.
Furnaces – High-efficiency gas, natural gas, and propane furnaces that meet an Annual Fuel Use Efficiency (AFUE) of 95 or higher and gas, oil, or propane boilers and oil furnaces that meet an AFUE of 90 or higher.
Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps – Central air conditioning units must meet the highest tier standards set by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) as of January 1, 2009, which for most systems in a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16.
Geothermal Heat Pumps (or ground source)– These are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but instead of outside air as the source of heat, they rely on the stable, even heat of the earth to provide heating & air conditioning. **Starting in 2009, geothermal heat pumps are eligible for the tax credit, for 30% of the cost with no maximum. This tax credit is valid until December 2016.
Fans – High-efficiency fans for heating and cooling systems that use no more than 2% of total heating system energy use, as defined by DOE test procedure.
A tax credit means that you offset your tax liability. For example, if you were eligible to take the maximum $1,500 energy tax credit on a new comfort system installation, it would reduce your tax liability (the amount you owe in taxes) by $1,500. That’s a lot better than it being used as a deduction where you’d simply reduce your taxable income by $1,500 and then calculate the tax liability on the taxable income.
There is no upper or lower limit on income for the energy efficient tax credits…but if you do not pay any taxes, then you can not get the credit.
Every taxpayer’s situation is different. Therefore, it’s recommended that homeowners consult with a tax professional to review the provisions of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (ARRA). Taxpayers should also keep copies of invoices and receipts for documenting their actual expenditures.
The official Energy Star site (energystar.gov/taxcredits) contains very useful information regarding the Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.
We know there is a ton of information to sort through. We are here to walk you through this process. Shoot us an email or give us a call to schedule an air conditioning upgrade or if you simply have questions for us.
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In the October 2009 newsletter, Tri-County Electric announced launch of the “Energy Efficiency Rebate Program” (EERP). The purpose of this rebate is to encourage Tri-County customers to take more energy efficient efforts in the way that they use energy. Rebates will be offered for installation of efficient electric heating/cooling equipment, a/c tune-ups and attic insulation.
Tri-Co will issue rebates for equipment that exceeds the current minimum performance ratings of 13 Seer for cooling & exceeds 7.7 HSPF for heating.
For more information on an Air Squad Air Conditioning Equipment click here.
Tri-County defines the Heating & AC tune-up as: An annual tune up that includes checking & correcting the unit’s refrigerant charge, repairing leaks if required, cleaning and lubricating the blower unit, inspecting and cleaning of refrigerant coils, replacing filters, thermostat inspection, wiring inspection and duct work inspection.
For more information on an Air Squad Heating Tune Up click here.
This rebate is available for residences using electric air conditioning & resistant heat. Homes with R-8 insulation or less must increase insulation to a minimum of R-38.
For more information on an Air Squad Attic Insulation click here.
Give us a call for additional information or questions. We’ll be happy to help you.