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The Benefits of Replacing Outdated Thermostats

Homeowners often are told of the benefits replacing their outdated HVAC system can provide in their home. However, fewer homeowners are aware of the reasons why they may want to consider a new thermostat for their home as well. The fact is thermostats serve a vital role in your HVAC system, and upgrading an outdated thermostat provides several benefits to homeowners including: The Ability to Program Your System One of the greatest advantages modern thermostats provide over older models is that they can be programmed. You can tell your system specific times of the day, and days of the week, to come on, and what temperature it should be set at, and it will take care of the rest. Your thermostat will keep you comfortable without you having to set it, which can save you money on your energy bills, as you will not have to remember to turn your system...
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Saving Money With HVAC Zoning

Are you getting the most out of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. If you don't have a zoning system, the answer is probably "no". A HVAC zoning system in its essence is a set of dampers that fit inside your already existing ducts and wiring to control multiple thermostats. That means that while your daughter is away at college, for instance, you can close her door and turn off the heat in her room until she comes home for the holidays. Ditto for a guest room or any room in the house that you don't use on a regular basis. That not only translates into real savings, it puts you in control, allowing you to use less energy by heating only the rooms in your house that are occupied and only when you need it. Zoning also helps even out the temperatures in your house , because each thermostat...
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HVAC Tax Credit and Rebate Opportunities

In many cases, utilities and governments are motivated to offer incentives to encourage homeowners to switch to new, more energy-efficient HVAC systems. Such units reduce the strain on the generating capacity of utilities, and they help meet mandates to reduce carbon emissions. Federal Tax Credit Qualifying central air conditioning (CAC) units purchased before December 31, 2016, qualify for a $300 federal tax credit . To get this tax credit, a homeowner must meet several requirements: The tax credit is only applicable when a new central air system is installed in an existing residence. The home must be one’s principal residence. The new CAC unit must have an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of greater than or equal to 13 , or a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) greater than or equal to 16. When a qualifying system is purchased and installed, a homeowner can obtain a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement , which is...
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3 Tips for Improving HVAC Energy Efficiency

Keeping our homes comfortable relies largely on heating and cooling systems. If your HVAC system is out of whack, it makes your home uncomfortable and drains your wallet. According to the U.S. Department of Energy , heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of the energy consumption in the average household. Since this is likely the largest energy expense in your home, doesn't it make sense to ensure that your HVAC system is as efficient as possible? Check out a few tips that can improve your  HVAC energy efficiency  and save you money: 1. Update your HVAC system. If some (or all) components of your HVAC system are not functioning properly, it will result in diminished performance. Air conditioners, boilers, and furnaces more than 15 years old need to be replaced with more efficient models. New, Energy-Star Certified equipment can save about $200 a year on your energy bill, and keep...
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