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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.

Happy HVAC 4th of July

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Of course, the forecast is for sizzling hot temperatures this 4th of July in the Valley of the Sun. With above average temps throughout June, it’s unlikely we’ll get much relief from the heat. Put another way, it’s a good time to take some extra steps to help stay cool inside and outside.

Cook Outdoors

Hot ovens, cooktops with pots boiling, the dishwasher and dryer running, can all rapidly increase temperatures throughout your house. It’s the perfect opportunity to fire up the grill to take advantage of the holiday weekend and enjoy some al fresco meal prep.

Change Out the AC Filters

Do you know when the last time the HVAC air filter was replaced? If you don’t know, there’s no better time than now to change out the filter. A filter clogged with dirt, dust, and debris keeps your AC from working efficiently, and it can also reduce the quality of your home’s indoor air. If you buy several air filters at one time, you’ll always have a readily available replacement air filter.

Turn on Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a low-cost, low-tech way to stay cool indoors. Make sure the directional switch on your ceiling fans is set to rotate counterclockwise. This keeps the air blowing downwards, helping to keep you and your guests cool and comfortable. If you have ceiling fans installed on your patio, turn them on to keep cooler outside and remember to turn them off when you return indoors for the evening.

Cover Windows

Sunshine streaming through windows can quickly heat up a room making your air conditioner work even harder. It’s especially important to keep blinds, window shades, drapes, and shutters closed during peak sun hours between 10am and 2pm.

Happy Fourth of July from Bruce’s

Sometimes, air conditioner failures happen even during holidays. If you experience an unexpected AC malfunction, give us a call anytime of the day or night. We offer valley-wide emergency HVAC service even on Independence Day. Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating wishes you and your family a safe, healthy, and happy 4th of July! Remember, if you’re in need of HVAC services over the holiday weekend or anytime of the year, give us a call at 480-968-9652.

Graduate to a Better HVAC System

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It’s the annual season for pomp and circumstance. Graduation ceremonies are devoted to celebrating an important academic achievement in students’ lives. It’s a time for optimism and family celebration. With that in mind, the best way to cap off graduation is by graduating to a new HVAC system.

Three Signs Indicating It’s Time for a New HVAC System

  1. With summer starting next month, your home’s HVAC system is the lifeblood in maintaining a comfortable living environment. Often, homeowners wait until the inevitable happens; when your HVAC system breaks down and it’s unrepairable. No one wants to be without air conditioning when daily temperatures average over 100 degrees in the Valley of the Sun.
  2. Utility bills usually increase and decrease during seasonal transitions. Higher utility bills outside of these transitional times are another sign that your HVAC is consuming more energy than it should and not performing as efficiently as it once did.
  3. An aging unit, combined with frequent repairs, means it’s time to invest in a new unit. Though the initial cost of a new system can seem costly, repair bills can quickly add up with your outdated HVAC, and a replacement is truly the less expensive option.

Graduating to a new heating and air conditioning system is a big decision, and you want confidence in who you choose to buy from. Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating is a long-standing, certified HVAC dealer for American Standard with expertly trained technicians who provide deep product knowledge and installation expertise. And we have all the details on the best financing available, rebates, tax incentives, discounts, and warranties.

The future will be more promising with a new, energy efficient HVAC system on graduation day. Our experts are ready to help you select the right HVAC system. We offer free and competitive price quotes on purchasing and installing American Standard HVAC systems. Connect now with your knowledgeable pros at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. Call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.

Energy Saving HVAC Tips for Earth Day

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Started in 1969, Earth Day was introduced by the government to bring additional awareness to our environment and planet. There are ways to make your HVAC system more earth-friendly that will boost its efficiency and make a difference in your monthly heating and cooling bills. Here are a few ways you can make your HVAC and home more environmentally-friendly for Earth Day and every other day.

Programmable Thermostat

When you have a programmable thermostat for your home, the thermostat monitors your home and runs only when it needs to. You set it and forget it! A programmable thermostat saves up to 15% on your utility bills and reduces wasted energy cooling down your home when you’re away.

Air Filter

Earth Day is the perfect opportunity for replacing your HVAC air filter and establishing a regular habit of changing it out. A clogged air filter compromises air conditioning performance and indoor air quality.

Water Filtration

Installing a kitchen-based water filtration system stops the need for buying bottled water in plastic bottles. An estimated 583 billion plastic bottles were produced in 2021 according to Statista.com and Americans spend up to $4 billion a year to purchase bottled water.

Duct Work

Leaky ductwork is one of the most common HVAC issues and most wasteful energy-wise. Air leaks result in decreased indoor air quality, reduced heating and cooling efficiency, increasing utility costs, and potential mold and mildew growth. To maintain a consistent indoor temperature set by the thermostat, your HVAC system will continue to run, wasting costly energy.

HVAC Tune Up

HVAC systems are durable and long-lasting, but only when well-maintained. Some specific reasons to schedule a tune-up include:

  • Warranty: If something goes wrong with your HVAC system, the manufacturer’s warranty will only cover repairs if regular maintenance was performed by a qualified HVAC contractor.
  • Efficiency: A regular tune-up keeps your system running smoothly and helps identify issues that may lead to a breakdown when you least expect it.
  • Wear-and-Tear: Preventative maintenance prevents premature parts breakdown. HVAC systems are designed to last at least 10 years. With preventative maintenance your system not only needs fewer repairs, but it also extends the lifespan of the unit.

Call Bruce’s

Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating professionals are happy to answer all your questions about your HVAC system and Earth Day tips. Reduce your carbon footprint and help make our planet a healthier place to live by calling us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule your tune up.