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Let’s Talk about New HVAC Systems Tax Breaks

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Let’s Talk about New HVAC Systems Tax Breaks

Maybe you’re like many homeowners facing the reality of replacing your old, energy inefficient HVAC system. With legislation passed by Congress in 2022, you’re probably wondering what, if any, federal income tax credits are currently available.

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

As part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 signed into law on August 16, 2022, residential energy efficiency tax credits have been extended through 2023. Tax credits for residential renewable energy products such as clean energy heat pumps, will now run through the end of 2023. Please keep in mind, the tax credit information provided is for informational purposes only. For expert advice, you’ll want to contact your tax advisor, financial planner, or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Non-business Energy Property Tax Credit

Congress renewed the existing Non-business Energy Property Tax Credit until December 31, 2022. There will be updates applied for 2023 that will remain effective through the end of 2032. For 2022, this means that you can get up to $500 in tax credits (10% of the cost) when you install any energy efficient (Energy Star-certified) air conditioner, heat pump, boiler, furnace, fan, advanced main air circulating fan, or non-solar water heater. To obtain the tax credit, you’ll need to fill out IRS Form 5695. The energy efficiency tiers are determined by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency with a standard air conditioner unit obtaining a $300 credit. This credit is only available on a primary residence, not for vacation homes, second homes, or investment rental properties.

Of course, there are many other benefits when you install a new energy efficient HVAC system.

  • Lower operational costs
  • Greater efficiency
  • More advanced technology
  • Increased value to your home
  • Improved temperature control
  • Enhanced indoor air quality
  • Peace of mind that your system won’t break down

Think about this. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that almost 60% of a homeowner’s power bill stems from cooling and heating. The financial gain of upgrading to a new unit is immense.

Home Business

If you have a home-based business, you may be able to qualify for even greater tax savings. The costs related to purchasing and installing an HVAC system can be deductible if you can show that the system is an ordinary and necessary expense to operate your home-based IRS qualified business.

Want to learn more about obtaining the greatest value from a new HVAC system? Call your local experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating at 480-968-5652. We help keep you comfortably cool and warm year-round.

HVAC System Fall Prep Tips

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HVAC System Fall Prep Tips

Yes, it’s finally happening! Temperatures in the Phoenix metro are finally cooling down. Soon, it will be time to turn off the air conditioning and even flip the thermostat to “heat” as morning and evening temperatures begin to dip. It’s the best time to get your HVAC system ready for the fall and winter months. Here’s your list to get started.

Thermostat Reset

Lower night time temperatures will keep it much cooler in your house. Go ahead and turn your air conditioning temperature setting up a few degrees or set the temperature for what feels comfortable for you and your family. You’ll definitely save money over what you’ve been spending on utility bills throughout this hot, sticky monsoon summer. If you’re getting too chilly in the evenings or early morning hours, pull out an extra blanket or grab a comforter, turn off ceiling fans in occupied rooms, and close windows and sliding glass doors.

Air Filter Replacement

Summer dust storms wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Your air filter likely is loaded with dust, dirt, and debris. Simply change out the old filter with a new filter to breathe cleaner indoor air.

HVAC Outdoor Unit Cleanse

While summer winds and rain are mostly over, you may continue to see monsoon thunderstorm impact around your exterior air conditioning unit. Take a few minutes and clear away vegetation, debris, tree limbs, leaves, and other obstructions that could potentially interfere with your HVAC system’s blower and evaporator coils.

HVAC Maintenance Call

Regularly servicing your air conditioner, heater, and ductwork can add years to your HVAC system lifespan, as well as improve your indoor air quality. While many homeowners get tune-ups on their air conditioners before the hot summer months begin, far fewer take the time to schedule a late summer or early autumn maintenance check to ensure their heat pump or furnace is working as it should be. This can be a costly mistake that can leave you in the cold when you need heat.

Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to schedule your system tune-up. As a leader in preventive maintenance plans for residential property owners, we encourage you to call our experienced technicians to learn more about how to keep your HVAC system working efficiently for as long as possible. Call us now at 480-968-5652. Reasonable rates. High quality work. Outstanding service.

Don’t Overlook These Late Summer AC Oversights

Don’t Overlook These Late Summer AC Oversights

So far, you’ve managed the summer swelter as well as anyone can in the greater Phoenix area. But the heat isn’t quite over yet. Because air conditioning is critical to comfortable living in the desert, it’s a good idea to pay attention to these AC oversights that can crop up this time of year.

Dirty Filters

This may be the most common oversight of all air conditioning-related issues. In Arizona’s dusty desert climate, clean air filters are absolutely essential. Running your AC unit 24/7 throughout the entire summer means you are moving a tremendous volume of air through your home each and every day. Replacing your air conditioning filters on a monthly basis is advised, especially if you have someone with a respiratory condition living in your home.

Old Thermostats

Over the last three years, programmable thermostats have grown incredibly more useful and much easier to use. In other words, it’s time to ditch the old school thermostat for one that’s smarter. Consider these four top line benefits of a smart, programmable thermostat:

  1. Smart thermostats learn your schedule and habits and will adjust the indoor temperature accordingly.
  2. Raising the temperature when you are at work or away from the house saves money.
  3. Programmable thermostats save you time. You won’t be forgetting to constantly reset the temperature.
  4. All models now include a smartphone app that allows you to control your thermostat from anywhere.

Procrastination

One of the most serious oversights when it comes to air conditioning is saving money by foregoing regular service calls. It’s easy enough to forget. Especially if your AC unit seems to be working just fine. Yet, it’s important to remember that the Sonoran Desert is an unforgiving place. Many AC units are located on the roof where temperatures can easily exceed 150 degrees. Running flat out for months at a time, HVAC systems are put under tremendous stress. The simple fact is regular maintenance is the best insurance against expensive major repairs.

Oversight Experts

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we believe in preventive maintenance all year round to ensure little problems don’t turn into big ones. Especially now that monsoon season is almost over and fall is at our doorstep, our friendly and knowledgeable technicians will assess your HVAC system. We promise to provide you with outstanding maintenance while documenting priority repairs to keep your AC unit running cold and strong the rest of the summer season. Call our experts today at 480-968-5652 to schedule your visit. It’s never too late so don’t wait!

Help Your AC System to Work Less This Labor Day Weekend

The Labor Day three-day weekend is when we celebrate the traditional end of summer. Arizona homeowners begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the last vestiges of monsoon season and blazing hot temperatures. Yet, we all know that we’re going to experience many more weeks of having to crank the air conditioning to keep cool and comfortable.

And we also understand that with high temperatures come high utility bills. And who doesn’t want relief from those skyrocketing summer energy bills? Fortunately, while the temperatures are still hot, there are some strategies you can take to lower expenses by reducing the load on your air conditioning unit.

Cover Windows

Help keep your house cool by closing blinds, curtains, shades, and shutters during the peak sunny hours of the day. This will block the sun’s rays from heating up your home’s interior spaces.

Ceiling Fans

You probably have at least a couple of ceiling fans. Nearly every Arizona home does. Make it a habit of turning them on when you’re in a room. While they don’t actually lower the temperature, they can circulate air and help your body to feel cooler by up to four degrees lower than what the thermostat is set at.

Air Filters

It’s easy to forget to change those air filters, but they really can make a difference when it comes to the efficiency of your air conditioner. If you haven’t recently, replace that dirty filter. Especially during monsoon thunderstorm season, you’ll want to inspect and possibly change out filters every month. You’ll not only save on air conditioning costs, but you’ll be breathing in cleaner, healthier air.

BBQ

Labor Day weekend is the time for barbecues, swimming, and salads. By not using the stove and oven, you’ll help keep your home cooler. Even better, minimize the use of other heat-producing appliances, like dryers and dishwashers.

Smart Thermostat

Is your thermostat past its prime? It may be costing you hard earned money. A smart thermostat enables you to gain better control of your home’s temperature by reducing wasted energy and lowering your monthly electricity expenses. You’ll probably be surprised by the inexpensive price of these cost-cutting devices and often APS and SRP offer discounts or rebates to buy smart thermostats.

Want to learn more ways to save on air conditioning before summer officially ends? Call your expert technicians at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652. Don’t sweat it, call Bruce’s now.

What are Some Causes of the AC Unit Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Has your air conditioner tripped your circuit breaker more than once this monsoon season in the Valley of the Sun? It’s a widespread issue that can be a real hassle – especially during our oppressively hot and humid summer months. The good news is that often simple fixes can solve the problem. Here are the five most common causes for AC-related circuit breaker tripping.

1. Dirty AC Unit

Monsoon storms can blow a lot of debris into your unit, making it difficult for it to disperse heat and cool indoor air properly. If you haven’t done so recently, call your licensed air conditioning professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating to have your unit professionally cleaned by one of our technicians who has the right equipment to clean it effectively.

2. Dirty Air Filter

When your air filter is blocked with dust, dirt, and debris, it makes your air conditioner work harder to circulate clean air. This causes the blower to draw more electricity and potentially trip the breaker. The quick fix is to replace the air filter. In fact, you should be replacing the filter at least once a month during Arizona’s dusty monsoon thunderstorm season.

3. Old Compressor

As a compressor starts to age, it can have difficulty starting, pulling more power than normal. This can trip the breaker. Often, a capacitor can be installed to give the compressor motor extra electricity to get it moving.

4. Old AC Motor

The motor in an air conditioner can run for many years, but eventually it can result in the wire insulation to break down—causing a “short.” When this happens, more electricity can be passed through than the wires can handle, causing overheating and sometimes a fire. If you smell smoke or see your motor burning, exit your home, and call 911 immediately. If you suspect a shorted motor, don’t hesitate in calling Bruce’s for service.

5. Breaker Bad

Defective or undersized breakers for the size of the HVAC system can result in a circuit breaker tripping. An experienced technician can quickly diagnose this problem and replace the breaker if necessary.

Call the Experts Today

Tired of circuit breaker-related air conditioning problems? Call your local expert technicians at Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652. We’ll be able to troubleshoot the problem and fix it properly the first time to ensure you have a steady stream of cooling throughout the rest of summer and beyond.