Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Air Conditioning Tax Credits

On New Year’s Day Congress approved a legislative package that reinstated dozens of popular tax breaks that benefit individuals and small businesses,  including the extension of the “25C” tax credit for installing energy efficient appliances in existing and new homes.

The ”25C” tax credit allows homeowners to claim up to $500 in tax credits for installing qualified energy efficient improvements. 

The tax credit is equal to 10% of the cost  (up to a $300 limit) for installing a high efficiency central air conditioner, heat pump or hot water heater.  Also a homeowner can get a tax credit for up to $150 for installing a qualified furnace or hot water boiler, and a smaller tax credit of up to $50 is available for installing a system with an advanced main air circulating fan.

The IRS will soon release information instructing taxpayers on how to file a claim.

If 2013 is the year you replace your air conditioning system, please give Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. a call.  We’ll help you choose the best system for your needs.

Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. – “The Quality and Service You Expect!

For information about applying for the tax credit click here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why is R-22 being phased out?

The manufacture of R-22 results in a dangerous by-product that adversely affects the environment. Older Air Conditioning systems can develop leaks that are slowly depleting the ozone. R-22 is considered a greenhouse gas.

Manufacturers of residential and commercial air conditioning systems have been offering equipment that uses ozone-friendly refrigerants for many years now.  Sean McCutcheon’s Air conditioning and Heating, Inc. has been recommending Environmentally Safe refrigerants such as Puron since 2004.

As of January 1, 2010 the U.S. was required to reduce its consumption of HCFCs by 75%. R-22 may not be used in new equipment. As a result HVAC system manufacturers cannot produce new air conditioners and heat pumps that use R-22.

Unfortunately many homeowners had been misinformed about R-22 availability, and were sold HVAC systems that still used R-22 – even up to a year ago since some warehouses still stocked older models that were offered at huge discounts.  As less R-22 is manufactured, the cost is sky rocketing.  Already R-22 is going for as much as $40 plus per pound.

Moving forward consumers need to take the phase out of R-22 into consideration when having an existing system repaired.  Be very cautious of any air conditioning company that is offering free Freon right now – they may be up to no good!

By January 1, 2020 the U.S. will reduce its consumption of HCFCs by 99.5%. Refrigerant that has been recovered, recycled and reclaimed will be allowed to service existing systems, but chemical manufacturers will no longer be able to produce R-22 to service existing air conditioners.

The Clean Air Act does not allow any refrigerant to be vented into the atmosphere during installation, service, or retirement of equipment. Therefore, R-22 must be recovered and recycled (for reuse in the same system), reclaimed (reprocessed to the same purity standard as new R-22), or destroyed. Sean McCutcheon’s Air conditioning and Heating takes great care to properly dispose of R-22 when removing old units.

We recover the R-22 refrigerant and turn it into reclamation and recycling depots for proper disposal or reuse.

At Sean McCutcheons Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We give our customers the quality and service they expect!