Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc Blog: Archive for March, 2016

Cut Down On Your Air Conditioning Bills This Summer

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The weather can be up and down this spring, as it is most springs in Elk Run Heights, IA, but winter is on its way out and summer will be here before you know it. A good air conditioner will keep your home cool when temperatures rise, but it shouldn’t have to do the job alone. You want reliable cooling power without the pinch of those high monthly bills. The good news is that there’s a number of ways you can cut down on your costs by improving your air conditioner’s efficiency. Some of them require a little investment, while others are common sense approaches that anyone can do with a little foresight.

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How Does Sizing a New Air Conditioner Work?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Spring is the time to replace old air conditioners with new ones, and if you’ve made the decision to put yours out to pasture, congratulations! As spring turns to summer here in Hudson, IA, this makes the perfect time of year to plan for a new air conditioner: before the heat really hits, when you can shop around and plan for the installation of your new system the right way. While doing so, speak with your technician about sizing your new air conditioner. By that, we mean the system’s output and power levels, not physical size. It’s very important that your new air conditioning system be sized properly, but how does that process work? Here’s a quick primer for you.

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Is a Ductless Mini Split System a Good Fit for Your Home?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Ductless cooling systems eschew the traditional centralized model for cooling your home. Most air conditioners have just a single large unit that generates the cool air, then distributes it through your home using a series of ducts. Ductless systems, as the name implies, eschew that model in favor of something more diffuse. A group of smaller units is placed in each room or section of your house, charged with cooling that section only. The benefits are self-apparent: you can set different temperatures in different rooms for greater individual control and turn off the air in rooms you aren’t using (cutting down on monthly energy bills in the bargain). But given the added cost of installing a ductless system, it’s worth asking whether such a system would be good for your Denver, IA home or not. We’ve provided a few things to consider on that front.

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Consider the Benefits of a UV Air Purifier

Monday, March 7th, 2016

As we approach the end of winter here in Waterloo, IA, prudent homeowners may want to start considering any repairs or upgrades on their systems for the spring. Spring means pollen, which in turn means a rise in allergic reactions and general misery for family members who may be vulnerable to colds. You can take steps to protect them from such attack and improve the overall quality of your indoor air with the installation of a UV air purifier. We’ve included a quick breakdown of how it works and why you should consider its benefits this spring.

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Federal HVAC Credit – Available for Equipment Purchased and Installed in 2012 – 2016

Friday, March 4th, 2016

In 2015, the U.S. government renewed the 25C tax credit for high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. This credit is offered as part of a larger energy-efficiency incentive for home improvements.

What it covers

  • Up to 10% of the cost to $500, or a specific amount from $50 to $300
  • $300 maximum credit available for qualifying central Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Packaged Units and Ductless Mini-Split Systems
  • $150 maximum credit available for qualifying Furnaces and Boilers

Qualification details

  • Equipment must be installed in an existing home and your principal residence; rentals or new construction do not qualify
  • If you claimed $500 or more for enhancements to your home’s exterior (windows, doors, skylights, insulation, roofing, etc.) from 2006 to 2014, your HVAC purchase made in 2012-2016 will be ineligible
  • If you claimed $500 or less, you may qualify for a credit, but you may not get the full dollar amount specified

 Call Dalton Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for more information on these fabulous rebate opportunities! 

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