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Combine Govt Tax Credits, Rebates for Energy Savings

By admin on January 25th, 2010

Currently, the United States Government is offering a federal tax
credit if you buy an energy-efficient product or renewable energy
system for your home. For example, if you purchase an HVAC (Heating,
Ventilating, Air Conditioning) unit such as an advanced main air
circulating fan, an air source heat pump, central air conditioning, a
gas, propane, or oil hot water boiler, a natural gas or propane
furnace, or an oil furnace, you can qualify for federal tax credits.
Specific details related to the Energy-Star Federal Tax Credits for
Consumers are available here:
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index on the
energystar.gov website.

Besides these very lucrative national and local rebates, credits and
discounts, Service Experts (http://www.HVACclearance.com/sm) can
provide new EnergyStar-rated heating and cooling equipment at a
discount until March 31 2009, at which time some of those deep
discounts will end.

If you combine the tax credits along with other national and local
rebates, there is a very good chance that you can up to 100 percent off
your purchase: making it virtually free. As the largest national
heating and air conditioning service company, Service Experts can now
provide new furnaces and air handlers at a near net zero cost to some
consumers, depending on the location of the home and locally available
government and utility rebates. The only caveat? Depending on your
area, you may need to purchase an air conditioner at the same time in
order to ensure the correct sizing, air flow and proper operation of
the entire HVAC system.

I’ve attached a recent press release by Service Experts that details
the fact that they’re helping consumers combine the available
government tax credits, rebates, and discounts so that they can get a
new HVAC unit or furnace for 100 percent off the purchase price.

Visit this Heating and Air Conditioning site also.

Should I Install a Heat Pump?

By Dave Trosdahl on August 4th, 2009

Because of their energy savings, heat pumps are quickly gaining in popularity. Most homeowners are unaware of how a heat pump works and how it could add value to their home’s heating and cooling system by saving energy and money. This article, written in easy to understand terms, explains how a heat pump can find heat in the winter even in a northern climate like Minnesota.

Although our skin tells us differently, when it’s cold outside there is still heat which can be brought indoors. And, when it’s hot outside there is still cool air which can be used to cool your home. Here’s how heat pumps work in our four very distinct seasons in Minneapolis, St Paul, MN:

September through December in Minnesota, temperatures start to fall. A heat pump will start to find warm air outside and bring it indoors. A heat pump works like a window air conditioner which has been put in your window backwards! Your furnace will barely run except when it gets really cold, at night for example.

Winter is usually well under way starting sometime in December and in Minnesota, it doesn’t let up much until March. Even so, there are many days where the temperature climbs above +20 degrees. On warm winter days, your furnace will most likely not even run, your heat pump will takeover. Think of the money you will save!!!

Secure Your Home Improvement Tax Rebate!

By Dave Trosdahl on July 16th, 2009

By now, most homeowners have heard of all the tax rebates for various home improvement products and services, but not all are aware of how substantial they are. If you install a qualifying high efficiency furnace, you can save 30% of the bill! While there are some stipulations, a qualified heating and cooling contractor will easily be able to help you out. Here is a link to the federal website to help you get started: Federal Tax Credits For Energy Efficiency

Here are the federal guidelines:

  • must be “placed in service” from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010
  • must be for taxpayer’s principal residence, EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, and small wind energy systems (where second homes qualify)
  • $1,500 is the maximum total amount that can be claimed for all products placed in service in 2009 & 2010 for most home improvements, EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, fuel cells, and small wind energy systems which are not subject to this cap, and are in effect through 2016
  • must have a Manufacturer Certification Statement to qualify
  • for record keeping, save your receipts and the Manufacturer Certification Statement
  • improvements made in 2009 will be claimed on your 2009 taxes (filed by April 15, 2010) — use IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) — it will be available late 2009 or early 2010
  • If you are building a new home, you can qualify for the tax credit for geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaics, solar water heaters, small wind energy systems and fuel cells, but not the tax credits for windows, doors, insulation, roofs, HVAC, or non-solar water heaters.

Home Energy Saving Tips From Washington

By Dave Trosdahl on September 19th, 2007

Here are 5 energy saving tips from Energy Ideas Clearing House based in Washington. They have many tips from using the right light bulbs to refrigeration savings. We have published the ones directly related to Heating and cooling.

Home Energy Saving Tips.

  • Lower your thermostat at night and whenever the house is not occupied.
  • Tune up the furnace annually.
  • Replace furnace filters. The dirtier they are, the harder the fan furnace works. Clean filters are essential for heat pumps – airflow is critical and can add years to the life of your heat pump.
  • Insulate and seal ducts in attics, crawl spaces, garages and other unheated areas-potential big energy savings.
  • Furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning and water eaters all have high efficiency models available and should be considered when replacing these appliances. – Replace conventional oil burner (oil furnace) with a more efficient flame-retention burner.
  • To read all of the home energy savings tips (even those unrelated to your heating and cooling system) visit energyideas.org. Additionally, you might want to search the entire Duct-911.com website for many heating and cooling, dryer vent cleaning tips and air duct cleaning tips.