Archive for December, 2010

Jacksonville Residents: How to select a heating and air conditioning repair person

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If you live in the Jacksonville area and are in need of air conditioning or furnace repairs, remember that choosing a good contractor to work on the central air conditioner or furnace in your home is just as important as the equipment you use. Because improperly repaired HVAC systems can be dangerous to your house and more importantly your family, this sort of service should be left up to a trained professional. Proper maintenance of air conditioning and heating units is necessary for the equipment to operate safely, reliably, and at maximum efficiency.

However, as any Jacksonville homeowner can attest choosing a qualified HVAC contractor can be a daunting challenge. There are many factors that go into selecting the right air conditioning and heating repair person – and remember that finding the lowest price should not be your main criteria for selection. Lower bids may be a sign of a company not including all “hidden costs” and trying to offload outdated or unreliable equipment. Better contractors may charge more, but they probably offer greater value. (more…)

Local Jacksonville Energy Provider Offering Rebates to Homeowners

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

As winter quickly approaches, owners of existing homes in the Jacksonville area could benefit from energy efficiency rebate programs offered by Beaches Energy Service. This leading local energy provider is offering rebates ranging from $25 – $500 on selected energy efficient home improvements including certain thermostats, solar water heaters, etc. (For qualified products/improvements, please see the table below.)

Beaches Energy Service’s program – which applies dollar credits directly to your utility bill – encourages residents to replace outdated, inefficient appliances in their homes with higher rated, more energy-saving equivalents. The program is aimed at helping individuals conserve energy, protect the environment, and save money through energy efficiency. (more…)

Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Appliances Expires This Month

Monday, December 6th, 2010

If you’re not already aware, the federal government instituted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home – including energy-efficient windows, insulation, doors, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment. If you install any of these qualifying energy efficiencies in your existing home you could be eligible to receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost (up to $1,500).

However, it is important to note that this program expires on December 31, 2010. Therefore, to take advantage of this program and determine which central air conditioning units are eligible for tax credit, call an accredited Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractor. As part of the verification process, you will need to review the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase. Again, a trusted HVAC contractor will not only walk you through the process, they can help you complete the required Form 5695 and submit all necessary documentation required.

One of the many benefits of this program is that that unlike deductions, tax credits are subtracted directly from the total amount you owe on your personal income taxes. Better yet, your savings go far beyond a one-time tax credit. With a newer, energy efficient central air conditioning unit, you’ll continue saving every month with reduced monthly cooling and heating bills. For more information on this program, contact your HVAC dealer today because you only have a few more weeks before this tax credit expires.