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Pump Up Your Tax Savings with a Heat Pump

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Would you like to take advantage of the largest ever federal legislation addressing climate change to improve energy efficiency for homeowners? It may be time to consider replacing your aging HVAC system with a heat pump.

Newly manufactured, energy-efficient heat pumps are part of the $369 billion in clean energy legislation passed in 2022. Arizona homeowners buying a new heat pump in 2023 will benefit from substantial tax incentives and rebates.

What’s a Heat Pump?

A modern heat pump is an energy-efficient, cost-effective alternative to an air conditioner and a furnace. During cooler months, heat pumps collect heat from the outside air and move it indoors. In warmer months, a heat pump pulls heat from inside your house and moves it outside. Since a heat pump is both an AC unit and a heater, you only need to purchase a single unit instead of two separate units. This not only reduces the amount of space that a heat pump takes up in your home, but it’s also beneficial to the environment and your pocketbook.

What’s the HEEHRA?

The High Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act (HEEHRA) is the official name of the Inflation Reduction Act’s heat pump incentive program. The HEEHRA will offer point-of-sale rebates on a heat pump up to $8,000 depending on your household income. There will be no need to send in any documentation for a rebate refund or tax credit. State governments will implement the rebates as soon as The Department of Energy issues state guidelines by spring of 2023.

Low-income households will qualify for a 100% rebate up to $8,000. Middle income households are eligible for a 50% rebate up to $8,000. High income homes are eligible for a 30% tax credit up to $2,000.

If you can’t wait until the heat pump rebates begin in spring, there’s currently a $300 tax credit available for heat pumps that meet the Consortium for Energy Efficiency’s top-tier efficiency standards.

Bruce’s is Your Go-To Valley of the Sun Company for Energy Efficient Solutions

When you’re ready for a new energy-efficient reliable heat pump, the professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating are your local experts at installation and maintenance. Contact us today at 480-968-5652 to learn more about upgrading your HVAC system. We’re here to help you 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

Benefits of Installing a New HVAC System in the Winter

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Many Arizona homeowners choose to wait until late spring or early summer to have their HVAC system serviced or replaced. While this may work for some people, the optimal time to service or replace your unit is actually during the cooler winter months. In fact, there are some important reasons that this time of the year is optimal.

More Efficiency

If your HVAC system is 10 years or older, you may not even realize how inefficient and energy consuming your system actually is. You’re likely wasting power while not taking advantage of today’s valuable tax credits. In fact, the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act offers homeowners the opportunity for significant savings. Plus, the latest HVAC models are built to be energy efficient, with longer warranties, and greater efficiency.

Faster Service

If you have ever called an air conditioning repair company during the first heat wave of the year, you know how challenging it can be to get immediate service. Waiting until this time of the year to have an older unit replaced may leave you waiting and waiting longer than you like. This is because air conditioning repair companies are bombarded with service requests due to failing units when the weather gets hot in Arizona. By scheduling your HVAC system installation during the cooler months, you can easily schedule an appointment for a day that’s convenient for you.

Cleaner Air

You’d be surprised at the amount of dirt, dust, dander, and debris that has been building up in your aging HVAC system and ductwork over many years. These allergens, bacteria, viruses, and irritants can spread throughout your house when the unit is running. This can result in an increase in allergies, poor indoor air quality, and respiratory symptoms for family members. By replacing your unit running past its lifespan, you’ll be breathing cleaner air in your home and rapidly decreasing your monthly energy bills.

Call Bruce’s Today

If you know that your air conditioner is on its last legs, we recommend replacing it with a new unit in the cooler months. Winter is the perfect time to schedule your HVAC system installation. Call our certified technicians today at 480-968-5652 for the best pricing. We’re available 24/7 including holidays with the best service in the Valley of the Sun.

Top Tips to Save Money on Heating Your House

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Here in the Valley of the Sun, we’re used to our utility bills spiking in the summer due to air conditioning costs. Yet, there is often a secondary spike in the winter when temperatures dip below freezing. With the recent chilly, wet weather, we wanted to share a few tips to help you save on your home heating costs.

Set Efficient Zones

Would your family only be using a small part of your home on a regular basis? You may want to consider upgrading your existing heater with a ductless or zoned ducted system. This system will save you money by not having to heat or cool areas in your home where you hardly spend any time. By utilizing a zoned ductless system, you’ll be gaining from an efficient system using energy where it’s needed in the living spaces you use most.

Let the Sun In

One of the easiest ways to passively heat your house is to take full advantage of the sun’s energy to heat your home’s interior. In the mornings, open up south facing curtains, blinds, and drapes to make use of solar heat and close them before sunset. Capturing the sun’s rays works even better when your home has concrete, tile, or stone flooring. These types of materials are able to soak up a great deal of heat and release it slowly.

Reverse Ceiling Fans

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to reverse your ceiling fan settings. This will send warm air upward. The warm air will eventually drop back down and mix with the rest of the air in the room, slowly raising the ambient temperature.

Fill In Gaps

Improperly insulated window frames, recessed lighting fixtures, power sockets, electrical boxes, and doors are the biggest sources of heat loss in houses. You’ll want to DIY or use your trustworthy local HVAC experts to use expanding foam, caulk, and foam strips to seal air gaps in your home. Installing thick curtains can help insulate glass windows and doors. For single-glazed windows, you can install transparent polythene film to window frames to mimic double-glazed windows.

The right climate control upgrades done inside your home will help your family stay comfortable, decrease winter utility bills, and allow for the full flow of warm air. Call your professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating for additional ways to save you money on home heating costs. Our experts are available today at 480-968-5652 to help you 24/7/365.

Heat Pumps or Gas Furnaces

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Heat pumps have become increasingly popular for home comfort in the Valley of the Sun, despite gas furnaces still being the most common source of heat for homeowners in the United States. If you’re thinking about replacing your current source of heating for your home, here’s what you need to know.

Heat Pumps

Some homeowners are reluctant to choose a heat pump because they’ve heard that they don’t effectively heat in all climates. It’s true that heat pumps aren’t ideal for temperatures that fall below freezing. However, this is rarely the situation in the Phoenix metro area. The cooling ability of a heat pump is the same as any air conditioner of the same size.
Because heat pumps offer both heating and cooling in just one unit, they typically cost far less to operate than gas furnaces. In fact, heat pumps can save a typical household up to 30 percent off their annual heating bills, according to one government study. They’re durable with a lifespan of at least 15 years or more for a unit that is well-maintained.

Gas Furnaces

Many homeowners are familiar with the tried-and-true gas furnace as their main source of heat. They’re essentially a forced-air system that works off a set temperature on your thermostat. When the air temperature inside your house falls below the set temperature, the pilot light on the gas furnace ignites the primary burner of the heat exchanger. The furnace heats the cool air and distributes it around the various rooms in your home. The heat emanating from a gas furnace is generally over 110 degrees. That means the inside of your house will heat up quickly.
Gas furnaces use propane or natural gas and are known for their reliability and efficiency. Gas furnaces though pose more health risks due to improper handling and maintenance. These include fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning. More maintenance is necessary, and gas furnaces are typically more expensive and not as eco-friendly as heat pumps.

Which Is the Better Option?

The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act has boosted the incentive to install an electric heat pump. The new law provides homeowners tax incentives and rebates for installing climate change friendly heat pumps. Considering Arizona’s hot summers and mild winters, typically the better option would be a heat pump. Of course, the ultimate decision is with you.
Ready to learn more about heat pumps and gas furnaces? Call your local HVAC expert technicians at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652. Bruce’s is your Arizona resource for all your home heating and air conditioning needs.

Signs Your HVAC System May Need Replacing

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Signs Your HVAC System May Need Replacing

Worried that your HVAC system may need replacing? If so, you’re not alone. Most homeowners choose to wait until their system fails completely before replacing it. With the typical HVAC system’s average lifespan ranging from 10 to 15 years, you may already be rolling the dice when it comes to continued usage of your HVAC system past its lifespan.

Signs Your HVAC System Needs Replacement

Some of the earliest signs that your system is wearing out is a motor failure and refrigerant leaks. A heat exchanger on an older unit within a gas furnace often develops cracks, or a compressor in the outdoor unit will short out. These components can result in costly repairs.

When a pattern of repairs begins to happen, it’s probably time to start budgeting for a new unit. And a replacement can not only prevent you from having to deal with an unexpected system failure, but it can also help save you precious money each month on your energy bill.

Time For a New Unit

The U.S. federal government encourages homeowners to switch over to HVAC systems that are more energy efficient by offering energy tax credits. The credit extends to 30% of the annual project cost of a furnace, boiler, or central air conditioner up to $600 as the maximum amount credited annually. Heat pumps are subject to a higher annual total limit of $2,000 starting in 2023 and ending in 2032.

As a proud authorized dealer of American Standard HVAC products, including HVAC systems and heat pumps, Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating experts can help you choose the right system for your home.

Today’s HVAC systems, composed of both an air conditioning and a heating system, have many new features that improve their energy efficiency. These include variable speed fans, two stage compressors, and automatic temperature control. Along with improving your home’s energy efficiency and eliminating the need for costly repairs, a new system can be installed with indoor air quality improvements that can be especially helpful if you or your family suffer from allergies, asthma, or other breathing difficulties. A high-efficiency air cleaner can remove dust, pet dander, and other airborne pollutants from your indoor air to create a healthier, more comfortable living environment.

Call Bruce’s for a Free Estimate

Ready to start looking for a new system? The smart place to start is with Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ve been serving Valley of the Sun homeowners for decades with the highest quality heating and air conditioning services and installation. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 480-968-5652.