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HVAC 411: To Repair Or To Replace?

It’s just an average 30 degree mid-February Monday…until your HVAC system shuts down. Your system is over a decade old, but a replacement could cost your company thousands of dollars. However, ongoing repairs and lost business days could cost even more.

What do you do?

There’s an old rule in the HVAC industry that says if the cost of repairs total 50% or more of your initial investment in the system, then you should replace it.

Chances are that older equipment will require frequent fix-ups—and an entire overhaul in the near future will be inevitable. So, why not deal with the problem now, while the government is still offering tax credits for installation of new and more efficient heating and cooling systems?

An updated system manufactured after 2006 will have a SEER  (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of at least 13—if not much higher. This higher SEER rating translates to serious savings on your monthly energy bills.

Without a professional check-up, there is no way to tell whether your heating and cooling system requires a few routine repairs or a total replacement. Whichever it is, you can count on AFGO to deliver the fastest, most economical HVAC solutions in the Tri-State area.

Save Money And Increase Comfort With Ductless Mini-Splits

Mini-splits or ductless heating and cooling systems are cost effective and energy efficient solutions that heat or cool your building—zone by zone—so that everyone can stay cozy and comfortable.

Individual thermostats control each zone, so you can conserve energy by running the system only when the room is occupied.

Ductless systems are especially suitable for room additions and small offices where HVAC ductwork is not possible.

The advantages of mini-split heating and cooling systems include:

  • No ductwork required
  • Easier installation than central heating/air-conditioning systems
  • Ideal size for heating/cooling individual rooms
  • Higher energy conservation than central air systems
  • Lower operating costs

Mini-split systems also protect against intruders because installation only requires a small hole, while window mounted air conditioners provide easy access for would be thieves and robbers.

Ductless systems come in a variety of models and designs. They can be mounted or suspended from the ceiling, and are also available as floor-standing units.

To find out if a ductless mini-split heating or cooling system is right for you, call AFGO to schedule an on-site analysis.

New Fiscal Cliff Legislation Saves You Money On HVAC Installation

On January 2nd, 2013, President Obama signed fiscal cliff prevention legislation that retroactively reinstates the 25C tax credits for highly energy efficient HVAC and water heating equipment.  The bill expired in December of 2011; however new legislation extends the HVAC tax credit through December 31, 2013, and covers qualifying equipment installed in 2012.

How this can save you money…

You may be eligible for a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot if you new HVAC system lowers energy costs by at least 50% when compared to existing constructions compliant with the minimum requirements established by ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001.

Additionally, you may qualify for partial deductions up to $.60 per square foot if your existing building envelope, lighting, or HVAC system would comprise energy savings of at least 50% if you were to install more systems.

While the recent tax deduction details have yet to be posted on Energy Star’s website, more information is available through the Department of Energy sponsored online Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).  Or, you can call AFGO to schedule an on-site analysis to find out if your existing HVAC system qualifies for the tax credit.