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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.

A Few Tips to Keep Your Furnace & A/C Running Efficiently

By Dave Trosdahl on September 8th, 2007

With winter quickly approaching, here are a few tips to help you keep your heating and cooling system running at its most efficient level:

  • Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature, even when no one is home.
  • Change the pleated filters inside your furnace every month or as required.
  • If you have an electronic filter, keep it clean. When dirty, it can create ozone and irritate allergies.
  • Check the outside condensing system regularly for any grass clippings or leaves stuck to the coil.
  • Have the system serviced every spring & fall by a reputable HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) service company.

Following these simple steps should help keep your home more comfortable and your utility bills lower.

3 Simple Steps When Trouble Shooting Your A/C

By Dave Trosdahl on July 22nd, 2007

This article outlines 3 steps a homeowner can take when trying to determine why their central air system is unable to keep up on a hot summer day.

Step 1. Clean your air ducts. It is important to understand that your air duct system was never designed to have upwards of 40 pounds of dust accumulated inside. All this dust, dirt and construction debri will restrict the air flow causing your a/c system to work harder and less efficiently than it was originally designed for.

Step 2. Clean your a-coil. A dirty a-coil will often times “freeze-up” causing your central air system to run non-stop. The more it runs the more it will continue to “freeze-up”. Eventually damaging HVAC components. Fortunately, the same folks that clean your air ducts should be able to clean the a-coil as well. Normally, the a-coil can be properly cleaned for $100-$150 extra. Generally, a good air duct cleaning company will also clean your a/c condenser, which is located outside, for little or no additional cost.

Step 3. With your air ducts cleaned, and your a/c system cleaned and inspected, you should now have a like-new a/c system. If it is still unable to keep up, you will now need to call a licensed HVAC repair technician. They will completely examine the various components of your central air system and offer a solution. Usually their suggestions will range from a simple repair like re-charging the system, to replacement or even a complete re-design.

While it is possible to call the HVAC repair person out first, we don’t recommend it. Often times a simple cleaning of the entire HVAC system is all that is needed. Also, if you happen to hire an unscrupulous HVAC repairman, they may convince you to replace expensive parts when all that was needed was a simple air duct cleaning and an a/c clean and check.

Heating & Cooling Installation Should be Left to the Professionals

By Dave Trosdahl on July 18th, 2007

By asking enough questions and really studying, it is true that nearly anyone can accomplish anything. This is true in the workplace and it is true at home. Often times though, upon completing the task the do-it-yourself-er (or the spouse or co-worker) will say something like; “We should have just hired someone to do it.”

In The HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) world this is especially true. A do-it-yourself (DIY) approach is seldom worth the hassle of learning what installers study for 2 years in college and most importantly gain in the workplace.

In his article “Air Conditioning and Heat Installation Best Left to Experts” , Rolan Jefferson writes; “While just about anyone can fasten parts into place, not only is the efficiency in jeopardy, a faulty air conditioning and heating installation can also put the people in danger.”

For more information on heating and cooling installation or air duct cleaning you might want to check out the All About Air Duct Cleaning Blog while it’s main focus is air duct cleaning there are also some very helpful tips about heating and cooling installation.

Furnace and Air Duct Cleaning

By Dave Trosdahl on April 21st, 2007

Welcome to our blog about furnace cleaning and air duct cleaning. We hope to provide quality information that will help you enjoy cleaner air in your home, as well as energy saving tips. In future posts we will provide information about things like:

  • Air duct cleaning techniques
  • Furnace maintenance
  • air conditioner inspections
  • Indoor air quality
  • Dryer vent cleaning
  • Chimney cleaning
  • Allergy information/relief

We hope that you will participate in this blog and help us to create an awareness of the benefits of air duct cleaning. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to give us a call at 651-653-4704. Our knowledgeable staff will be more that willing to help you in anyway they can.

Is Your HVAC System Wasting Money? – Steps to Save Energy

By Dave Trosdahl on April 21st, 2007

Whether you are concerned about rising energy costs, or simply wanting to do your part in conserving energy, here are some tips that will help you conserve energy:

  • Switch from incandescent bulbs to high efficiency and florescent bulb
  • Clean your HVAC system – clean air ducts, a-coils, furnace filters, air conditioners and the furnace
  • Adjust room temperature according to season
  • Evaluate energy usage when no one is home
  • Make sure all equipment is functioning as designed
  • Install weather stripping around doors and windows

These are just a few pointers, some of which are discussed in the San Diego Source’s article ’30 Easy Ways to Save Energy’:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the real estate management industry can reduce energy usage by up to 30 percent simply by improving building operating standards. If a 1 million-square-foot portfolio can reduce its energy consumption by just 10 percent, it would be the environmental equivalent of removing almost 5,000 cars off the road for one year.

Energy efficiency is easy — and doesn’t require significant capital expenditures to make a big difference in your operating expenses. Use this checklist to reduce the need for unscheduled maintenance and to make sure that you’re saving all you can. Start with the lowest cost efforts and use cumulative dollars saved to invest in larger improvements

Elinimate Odors and Contaminents by Cleaning Your Air Ducts

By Dave Trosdahl on April 21st, 2007

It seems that nowadays everyone is concerned with indoor air quality. What many people do not realize is that the air they breathe has had to travel through dirty and oftentimes, contaminated air ducts.

James Dulley, a writer for The Arizona Republic of Cincinnati, OH, writes; ‘A clean HVAC system does operate more efficiently and uses less energy. Although it is commonly referred to as “duct cleaning,” it is important to have the entire system cleaned. This includes the furnace and air-conditioner blower, heat exchanger/coils and drain pans in addition to the ductwork.’

We couldn’t agree more. All too often consumers think that simply changing their furnace filter and buying an air purifier will solve their air quality concerns. this is seldom the case. Generally, the best solution is a thorough air duct cleaning, sanitizing and furnace maintenance.

For more information on air duct cleaning visit our site at www.Duct-911.com or call us directly at 651-653-4704.