DID YOU KNOW?
The average human takes 30,000 breaths and takes in more than 3,500 gallons of air each day, mainly indoors.
But is our air even clean? Probably not. Indoor air is the most polluted air on the entire planet, and because we spend most of our time indoors working or in the comfort of our homes, we shouldn’t have to breath pollution.
Called GuardianAir REME (Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy) purification system this system is worth buying to completely oxidize and purify your air! Using UV lighting and Iodized Hydro Peroxides the GuaridanAir REME, independently tested on surface and/or airborne, has a 99+% kill rate.
And our company, Indoor Weather Professionals installs this wonderful product to purify the precious air that you breath.
Read Guardian Air REME in Indoor Weather Blog for further information- (Blog posted on Janurary 9th 2013)
DID YOU PURCHASE A NEW AC/FURNACE IN 2012 OR ARE WANTING TO PURCHASE A AC/FURNACE IN 2013?
THE ENERGY FEDERAL TAX CREDIT IS BACK! MAKE SURE YOU CLAIM YOU CREDIT.
The 25C Tax Credit Included in Fiscal Cliff Deal–
Among the items contained in the Fiscal Cliff deal, which passed Congress this week and was signed into law by President Obama yesterday, was a resurrection of the 25c tax credit for high efficiency HVAC and water heating equipment. The credit, which had expired at the end of 2011, was extended both retroactively for 2012 and for 2013. There is a lifetime limit of $500 for this credit, meaning if a homeowner has previously claimed the credit (up to $500), they will be ineligible to claim it on their 2012 and 2013 tax returns.
As had been the case in 2011, homeowners are eligible to claim up to 10% of the cost of installing high efficiency equipment with the total dollar amount capped depending on the product installed. For example, the maximum amount a homeowner could claim for a qualified air conditioner, heat pump or hot water heater is $300, with a cap of $150 for qualified furnaces and hot water boilers and a $50 limit for an advanced main circulating fan.
Qualifying Efficiency Levels for the credit are as follows:
- Central A/C (Split-System): 16 SEER & 13 EER or higher
- Central A/C (Package System): 14 SEER & 12 EER or higher
- Heat Pump (Split-System): 15 SEER/ 12.5 EER/ 8.5 HSPF or higher
- Heat Pump (Package System): 14 SEER/ 12 EER/ 8.0 HSPF or higher
- Boilers (Natural Gas/ Oil/Propane): 95% AFUE
- Furnaces (Natural Gas/ Oil/ Propane): 95% AFUE
- Advanced Main Circulating Fan: If the fan uses less than 2% of the furnaces (Natural Gas/ Oil/ Propane) total energy
IN THE LOOP: R-22 Phaseout
Since the 70s, HCFC-22 (or R-22) has been the industry standard refrigerant used for in-home heating and air conditioning equipment. No longer. Environmental agencies have since discovered that R-22 is harmful to the ozone when released by leaky or damaged systems.
Furthermore, the production of R-22 releases HFC-23 into the atmosphere, a major contributor to global warming. Clean alternatives to R-22 have been developed and evaluated by the EPA. They have been shown to minimize environmental damage without any human health risks. The transition is in underway.
Banning R-22 overnight would not be realistic. Heating and air systems that use R-22 are not compatible with new alternatives. HVAC systems must be redesigned to use R-410A, one of the EPA-compliant refrigerants. To moderate cost, the EPA is gradually restricting the production of R-22 while homeowners are able to update or replace their heating and AC systems with equipment that uses R-410A.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov.
UPDATE: New EPA regulations have proposed reductions in R22 (freon) production ranging from 11-47% per year starting this year until 2014- it will eventually be phased out. R22 prices have already more than doubled this month. What this means for you is that repairs on equipment requiring R22 freon will also more than double and will continue to increase over the years. The new ozone friendly freon approved by the EPA is 410A. The products we sell use 410A freon known as Puron.
-Helpful AC Tips-
80% of central HVAC problems are caused from lack of maintenance on the central air conditioning and heating system. Checking the filtering system and rinsing the AC condensing unit once a year are suggested tips. Gas and carbon monoxide leaks caused from a malfunctioning furnace can be deadly and should be checked yearly with a gas and CO detector. A yearly maintenance inspection provided by a trained HVAC technician is recommended to provide optimal efficiency of your central air conditioning and heating system, as well as peace of mind. Indoor Weather Professionals offers a seasonal Maintenance Agreement to our customers that includes a Spring AC Tune Up and a Fall Furnace Safety Inspection. Call us today for more details!