HVAC Improvements for House Selling

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There comes a time when a person has to consider selling the house. It may be due to a job transfer or simply moving to a bigger home that causes the decision to be made. Getting the house ready for sale may take some time and a few home improvements will add to the value of property. Work on the HVAC systems, including the air-conditioning and heat pumps, can raise the selling price.

Repair/Renovation

Too many homeowners will make unnecessary renovations to try to improve the value of their house. Some of these are very cosmetic and a prospective homebuyer could care less about them. Working on the HVAC system is different. Seeing to it that the ducts have been properly sealed and that the heat pump is in good working order can be beneficial. Prospective buyers want to be assured that the systems in good working order, so scheduling an inspection and maintenance a few weeks before the viewing will help. A homeowner may even want to keep a copy of the inspection to show to people interested in the house.

Installing New HVAC

Energy-efficient air-conditioning units and heat pumps are definite value adders to the selling price. A homeowner may want to consider installation of either and if that is the strategy, it would be a smart idea to check with a tax accountant on what possible breaks are available. Depending on the terms and conditions, a homeowner could get tax rebates and incentives for installing ENERGY STAR approved HVAC machinery. The HVAC system may also qualify as a capital improvement to the home and that is tax-deductible. It is important, however, to speak with a knowledgeable tax person before making the investment in a new HVAC system.

A well running HVAC system adds value for no other reason than it keeps utility bills low. That can add a few thousand dollars on to the final selling price of the house. A homeowner should do some planning and get a few cost estimates before doing anything major, but even fine-tuning the HVAC system is going to mean extra cash when the house is finally sold.

Various Heat Pumps to Consider

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People who are thinking of doing some home improvements want to get as much out of their investment as possible. A reason why homeowners are willing to invest in heat pumps is the energy efficiency and low utility bills that will result. There is more than one type of heat pump on the market, and these will provide both heat and cooling service to a house.

The Basics of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a viable alternative to traditional furnace and air conditioning service. Essentially, they use electricity and heat pumps will transfer heat from one area to another depending on the time of the year. The energy efficiency comes from the fact heat pumps move heat and do not generate it. It means less fossil fuel is used to create needed warm or cool air.

The Types of Heat Pumps

Air  source heat pump is widely used and this transfers heat from the outside to the inside of the residence. This type of heat pump is an exceptionally good dehumidifier, and can provide excellent air-conditioning service in warm months. It also can cut the use of electricity by over a third of the normal use. Because these types do not work very well in very cold climates, a secondary source of heat will have to be available.

Geothermal heat pumps will transfer heat from the ground or any water source that is close by. These have low operating costs and can be used in cold climates where an air – source heat pump is not very effective. The absorption heat pump is a new model and will use heat as the energy source. This particular heat pump is fairly flexible in that any number of heat sources can be used.

The homeowner has the decision to make of which heat pump to be used. Before making a purchase that individual should take in consideration the climate, the subsoil of the property, and whether or not a backup source of heat is needed. Heat pumps provide both good heat and air conditioning service, and will do this using less energy than ordinary fossil fuel burning systems.

 

Window Unit or Central Air which one would benefit my home?

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Central Air VS Window Units

Mesa, Arizona homeowners often ask what type of air conditioning unit would best fit their needs. Both window units and central air systems can effectively cool an enclosed area.  There are differences between window air conditioning units and central air systems.  The type of air conditioning model that is best can depend on a number of different factors. The size of the space that customers want to cool is the most important factor. The power of both Window and Central Air conditioning units are measured in EER’s, which stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio.

Window Units are great for Small Areas

Window air conditioning units are great for cooling small spaces.  A smaller home can be perfect for window units because there is not a lot of space to cool.  They are also great for cooling down one specific area and are a great options for those who are low on funds.  Most  window units rate around 9.4 to 10.7 EER’s.

Central Air are great for large structures

It is one of the most common home improvement projects and they add value to a home. The amount of windows a home has and how the sun hits are factors that can determine which type of air conditioning unit is best. Many different factors are considered for what size central air unit is required.   There are four major brands that we prefer to install which are Trane, Rheem, Carrier and Ameristar.  Central air systems also rate in EER’s minimum of 12, but are measured on a different scale. They are reliable and can last a lot longer than typical window units.

Call a Professional to help with your decision

Customers should contact a Mesa A/C contractor to help them get accurate and reliable information prior to making their purchase to ensure it is the best educated decision for their home.

Purchasing The Perfect Air Conditioner


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Tips on How to Purchase the Perfect Air Conditioning Unit

There are many different factors that are important to consider when choosing an air conditioning unit for a home In Mesa, Arizona. There are also numerous types of air conditioning units to consider. There are window units, HVAC systems, and portable units to consider. The size of the room or home can be the most important factor to keep in mind when choosing an air conditioning unit. Other factors to consider when purchasing an air conditioning unit can include the following:

  • Number of windows that are located in the area.
  • The exposure of the room.
  • Quality of the room’s insulation

Purchasing the Perfect AC Unit

Air conditioning units are measured in British Thermal Units, which are often referred to as BTUs. Energy efficiency ratio measures the cooling efficiency of a model per hour in watts. It is best to get the smallest BTU rating that will suit the size of the room and the highest EER rating. Energy Star models are often the best systems to choose because they have great efficiency ratings and can help lower heating and cooling bills. It is recommended that consumers purchase air conditioning units and HVAC systems during the off season to save more money. These systems and units are in high demand during the summer.

2013 Tax Credit for New AC Unit Purchases

There is currently a tax credit offered for mesa homeowners that purchase Energy Star HVAC systems during the 2013 tax year. This credit can help homeowners save as much as five hundred dollars on their taxes. Some HVAC Energy Star purchases made during 2012 may even be eligible for this federal tax credit currently being offered. This tax credit only applies to Energy Star HVAC systems. An AC unit that is too small will not efficiently control the humidity and comfort of a room. This credit also only applies to homeowners.

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Federal Tax CreditHow to Qualify for the 2013 Federal Tax Credit

As of January 2013, President Barrack Obama passed the federal tax credit that allows homeowners to enjoy a federal tax credit if they purchase an Energy Star HVAC system during the 2013 tax year. This credit is also being applied to some 2012 Energy Star HVAC system purchases. Homeowners will have to check with their local tax professional to learn if their 2012 purchase can qualify for this tax credit. This tax credit can only be taken advantage of by homeowners.

Qualifications and Requirements to Receive the 2013 Federal Tax Credit

HVAC systems are not the only items that qualify for this incredible federal tax credit. Heat pumps, water heaters, and even boilers can even qualify for this tax credit if they are stamped with an Energy Star label. The maximum amount a homeowner can receive back is approximately five hundred dollars. Each homeowner can receive as much as ten percent of their overall purchase price back. The Energy Star purchase must be a brand new unit. This offer expires in December 2013. Do not delay in purchasing a new Energy Star HVAC unit to reap the benefits of this tax credit.

Purchase a New Energy Star HVAC Unit

We offer a long line of Energy Star products to choose from including major brand names like Ameristar, Trane, and Rheem. Our company takes a great amount of pride in presenting their customers with the lowest possible prices on all brands of HVAC central air units. We walk their customers through every step of the buying process and are always happy to answer any questions our customers may have. A unit needs to be replaced if it is ten to fifteen years old so that it functions properly. Do not wait any longer to take advantage of the Tax Credit.

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Repairing versus Replacing that old Phoenix Air Conditioner

            Have you had your  Phoenix Air Conditioning Unit for a number of years now?  Is your A/C unit past all warranties?  Have you been told by a technician that you are in need of major repairs?  Has an Air Conditioning technician or expert recommended replacement of your existing unit?  There are many factors to consider whether it is off season or in the midst of the peak of our extremely hot summers here in the valley of the desert sun when deciding between repairing or replacing your current Air Condition Unit.

            A few of the factors to consider as you are debating this decision are, how old your existing unit is; how much money you have already put in to your existing unit over time for repairs; how much is it going to cost for current repairs; how often has your unit needed repairs; how well has your existing unit been fulfilling your cooling requirements; how much warranty if any, your existing units has; have you had any additions or add-ons to your home since the existing A/C unit was installed; and how efficient your current cooling system is in relation to power usage versus output.

            Before weighing in all of these factors, there is one circumstance that is a 100% guarantee that repairing is the best choice versus replacement.  If your home is the same size and structure it was when you first bought and had the existing unit installed, you know it is still the right size unit to serve your cooling needs now.  In addition, if your unit is still under warranty, and you know it is the right size to continue serving your homes cooling needs, this is the one definite yes to having the unit repaired versus replaced.  Both factors must apply, however to be a clear-cut answer to repair.

            There are two factors that are a pretty solid guarantee that replacement is the best option:  One, if your unit is over 10 years old.  It is impossible for an A/C unit over 10 years old to have anywhere near the efficiency factors available in new units today.  Efficiency factors that can keep your home cooler with less wear on the unit itself and  substantial savings on your power bill adding up to a long term savings well worth the cost of unit replacement.  Two, if you have modified, altered or added on to your home in any way since the current unit was installed.  An Air Condition Unit is rated based upon the amount of space it is designed and capable of cooling effectively.  If you have added on to your home in any manner that increases the space to be cooled beyond the rated capacity of your current unit, any money spent on repairs would be wasted as your unit would be incapable of cooling your space and ultimately would work itself to death very quickly putting you right back where you started.

The best place to start when faced with this decision, if the above rules do not apply, is of course just plain dollars and cents.  Get some quotes, more than one; get a quote for repairs from more than one technician and company.  Then get multiple quotes for replacement cost for different A/C units available, ask for quotes on the highest efficiency unit versus a quote for the lowest efficiency unit.  Get quotes on different name brands like Trane, Rheem, Ameristar and Goodman get quote comparisons for installation and removal. 

Now that you have the dollars and cents factor and stacks of different options, it is now time to start narrowing down the options as you make this monumental decision.  It is not exactly a life or death decision but with the extreme heat we experience for an extended period of time in this hot desert valley, it can seem that important.

            Taking all of the factors into consideration:  If your unit is outside of warranty, under five years old, still has a rating sufficient to cool your homes space requirements, and has never or seldom needed repairs before, it really does come down to dollars and cents and personal preference to replace as repair would seem the most logical choice. 

            If your unit is between five and ten years old and still rated large enough to cool your space requirements and has never or seldom needed repairs, unless the cost of repairs are extremely high comparable to the cost of replacement, it is best to repair.  

            If your unit is between five and ten years old, still rated large enough to cool your space requirements and has needed repairs more than two or three times over the years.  This is a good opportunity to seriously weigh in the price as well as the efficiency factors in making a fair determination as to whether to repair or replace. 

            If your unit is over 10 years old, whether it has had few or many repairs over the years, may not be as important as the fact that all units now available are more efficient and capable of cooling your home more effectively than the one you have now, however, if the cost of repairs are low it may make sense to do repairs.  If your unit is over 10 yrs old and this is your second or third call this season, even if the costs are low, they are now beginning to add up and the discomfort you are experiencing in addition to possible damage to your property from not being cooled far outweighs the upfront cost and the long term cost factors must now be calculated.  In this case, it is best to replace your current unit with the one that best fits your needs from the quotes you have already had done.

       This information does not cover all of the factors to be taken into consideration as the choice to replace versus repair and A/C unit, but does provide some basic guidelines to assist you in making one of the most important decisions you will be making as a resident or even part time resident in Phoenix the Air Conditioning Capital of America.  Stay cool and make informed choices that are good for you, your home and your family.

 

 

Air Conditioning Sale Phoenix Arizona

Big Air Conditioner Sale in Phoenix AZ

 

Air Conditioning Sale Phoenix Arizona

 

 

 

         

Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC. is offering an unprecedented $200 reduction of price for all new installations of Air Conditioning Units beginning April 1st and continuing all the way to October 31st 2013.  As if this isn’t enough, Air Care has also announced a $20 reduction in the cost of any AC repairs performed on Air conditioning units during this same time frame.  With an offer like this, staying cool just became a breeze, even during the long summer we have ahead of us this year.

         Spring has officially arrived according to the calendar; however, for everyone in the Phoenix desert valley region, summer has arrived.  For the next 6 months or more, the number one concern in the valley will be how to stay cool, escaping the scorching desert sun.  The second concern will be accomplishing this afford-ably without burning holes through wallets and pockets to pay for this comfort.

         There are many AC repair companies in Phoenix and specials available as everyone in the Phoenix Air Conditioning Repair Industry clamor for the job bids , stepping up to the plate to ensure the ease of residents and business owners here.   Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC however has caught everyone’s attention with the unbelievable, yet true, $200 reduction of price on all new installations no matter the brand or whether it is new or rebuilt and $20 reduction of price on all repairs.  This is not a rebate, this is just price slashing at its best, designed to provide the best in cooling, while leaving money in the wallets and pockets of  Phoenix Arizona residents and business owners.  Whether you are installing a new unit or doing repairs, these savings surpass any offers made by any other company.

           As preparations begin for the 2013 Arizona summer, it is best to stay informed of the best prices combined with the highest value of labor available to care for the extenuating demands applied to air condition unit’s valley wide.   Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC has always considered the consumer the highest priority when making their business decisions.  Ensuring all of their technicians are well trained professionals, available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. 

Air Care has qualified technician’s available valley wide from Phoenix, to, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Apache Junction and everywhere in between and surrounding these localities.  Air Conditioning professionals from Air Care are available wherever there are homes and business in Phoenix Arizona.

Homeowners and business owners alike rave about how their Air Conditioning Phoenix and cooling issues have been well maintained and now they will have money left over for vacations and other fun events they want to do during these months.  Thousands of homes and businesses have been kept cool and comfy through the extended summers and extreme heat here in the valley by Air Care.  The relief for the smaller bills for services combined with the quality of services received from Air Care has been matched by no other in this region.

Finding the lowest and the best pricing in the valley, combined with the most reliable honest Air Conditioning professionals just became easy.  Air Care has raised the bar and the standard leading the way providing the highest rated services in this entire region, without burning holes through wallets and pockets.  Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC is the winning ticket for comfort, cool, efficient and affordable Air Conditioning Service.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rheem Air Conditioning Phoenix Arizona

Rheem Ac Phoenix AZ

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Repairs and Parts for Rheem Air Conditioning Units

 

      

    You own a Rheem Air Conditioning Unit and it seems to be in need of repairs.  What should you do, what do you need to know, who do you call? Maybe, you are considering owning a Rheem Air Conditioning Unit and have been wise enough to look up your repair options prior to purchase and installation.  This article will provide you with a basic snapshot to make the most prudent choices pertaining to repairs to your already installed Rheem Unit or guide you further in determining the best choice for an Air Condition Unit for your home.

 

          All Rheem Air Conditioners come with a warranty and should be registered on line at www.rheem.com   The Rheem warranties are very detailed and specific for Classic and Value versus Prestige Series and even some aspects are covered for five years and others for 10 years.  Basically though it is 10 yrs conditional parts and compressor warranties, and 5 yrs limited parts warranties.  10 yrs limited on all coils.  So, at risk of repeating, I will say it again that it is best to print out and have available the details specific to your model so you can be completely aware of what is and is not covered by your warranty.

 

          Additionally you may have purchased the Protection Plus Extended Service Protection (PPESP).  This plan is a very extensive plan as it states in its name and for the number of years specified in your personal plan it will cover ALL parts and, ALL labor.  If you are just purchasing and installing a new Rheem Air Conditioning Unit consider asking your Rheem certified installer about this plan to ensure you can relax and stay cool for years to come worry free.

 

          It is always best to call a service technician at the first sign or sound of problems and difficulties with your Rheem Air Conditioning unit.  It usually costs less and has less impact on your comfort if you call earlier rather than later.  Also, make sure that you have a technician check and do routine maintenance on your Rheem Air Conditioning Unit at least annually or more often if it is recommended for your specific unit.   A little bit of routine care is so much better than the costly expense of both money and inconvenience of system break downs.

 

          Despite all of your diligence it seems you are in need of air conditioning repair for your Rheem A/C Unit, follow these simple instructions and be relaxing in the cool air sooner rather than later.  After checking your warranty information, gather together your model number, unit ID number and as much specific information as to what is happening and or not happening with your unit, then call a certified Rheem technician.  Yes, it MUST be a Rheem dealer and technician, the nearest one in Phoenix Arizona is Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC.  Your local technician will use Rheem specific parts and have your system up and running and keeping you cool and ensuring that your warranty is still intact or if it is past warranty can assist you in determining if it is best to repair or replace your current unit.  Follow these simple steps and keep you and your family cool through the extreme heat of our extended summer heat in the Phoenix Desert Valley and your Arizona Rheem Air Conditioning Unit running as efficiently as it is designed to run..