It may not seem like winter is approaching — especially in Englewood, Florida but it will be here soon. Is your HVAC winter-ready? It’s a question the air conditioning professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning in Florida talk with their commercial and residential customers about at this time of the year.
Winter, such as it is, in Florida will soon be here and even if your air conditioning unit weathered summer with flying colors, you need to know it will keep you warm when you need it this winter. Because the heating and air conditioning system works year-round, you need to ensure it is ready to warm the house or office when the time arrives.
You certainly don’t want to wake up to a cold house or walk into a cold office, right?
Who wants a good night’s sleep? That may seem like a trick question, but it isn’t. A good night’s sleep will make the next day better because you’ll feel better and be more revitalized. If you ever wondered how air conditioning can help you sleep better, we have the answers.
Why is your home so dusty? That certainly isn’t something the air conditioning professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning in Englewood, Florida would point out BUT they do know that dirty air conditioner air filters can lead to a thin layer of dust coating your furniture and floors.
The air filter in an HVAC unit is essential to the air quality of your home. You can certainly check the cleanliness — or dirtiness — of the filters in your air conditioner. If they are dirty you will want to clean them and replace them with new, clean ones. When we pay a service visit for your HVAC unit, checking and cleaning or replacing the filters is one of the many steps we take to assure the unit is working as effectively and efficiently as it should.
What else should you know about air filters and dust? The MERV rating, for sure. This may not be a term you’re familiar with but it is the rating of the impact your air conditioning filter will have on the air you breathe.
In September 2017, the week before hurricane Irma hit Florida, we sent out information via email and social media posts to help people prepare their equipment for the storm. As we’re now well into the 2020 hurricane season, we wanted to share them with you again.
Floridians spend much of their time indoors to escape the heat and humidity. But now your home feels humid! How to get rid of home humidity is a question the experts from Symbiont Air Conditioning get asked all the time.
Did you know that Florida is the state that has the most humidity? It’s been shown that Florida sees humidity levels for more than 50% of the year and those levels are also higher than 50%. No wonder we are so uncomfortable when we step outdoors! The problem starts, though when you’re sitting in your house and you feel “sticky” and that is because of the humidity.
Humidity is uncomfortable, but it can also lead to serious illness or ill effects, especially in the elderly. If your home, or the home of a loved one feels humid there are a few reasons why:
The air conditioner is too large
The home design is so airtight that it doesn’t allow for air flow
Proper home air ventilation has always been important, but it has taken on a more significant role in the wake of COVID-19. Proper air ventilation could protect you from coronavirus and its airborne particles. With everyone #stayinghome during the #coronavirus pandemic, it is even more important to be breathing air that is free of pollutants.
Proper home ventilation will help you weather the Florida humidity and heat and will also alleviate concerns about indoor air quality. Proper ventilation also protects your home from moisture issues; moisture can lead to health problems, mildew, mold and damage and the home itself.
How clean is the air you’re breathing? Clean indoor air is safer indoor air and that is more important than ever during this time of coronavirus and the quarantine the country is dealing with.
It’s best to not assume the air in your home is safe. You also can’t know how safe and clean the air you’re breathing at work or in a shopping center or grocery store is. The air in our homes may contain unhealthy particles, bacteria and pollutants.
Our geothermal and air conditioning professionals understand that our customers — commercial and private homeowners — want to improve the air they breathe and we have put together a short checklist of ways to help ensure you’re breathing the cleanest air possible.
You can clean the air you breathe by investing in an electronic air cleaner. These devices are easy-to-use and maintain, reliable and effective. An electronic air cleaner may also save you money on HVAC system maintenance and repair because they pull pollutants from the air and that might keep the air filter cleaner, longer.
In addition to bringing you benefits like lower electric bills, upgrading your air conditioner in 2020 could also help you save some cash next tax season.
This year, the government extended the previously-expired Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credits on residential air conditioning equipment. This means that certain qualifying air conditioners and heat pumps installed through December 31, 2020 are eligible for a $300 tax credit.
The tax credit also retroactively applies to new air conditioners installed after December 31, 2017, when the credits originally expired.
$300 Federal Tax Credits for Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
Does My New AC System Qualify?
Air Conditioners Meeting the Following Requirements are Eligible for a $300 Tax Credit:
Split Systems must have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of greater than or equal to 16, and an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of greater than or equal to 13.
Packaged Systems must have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of greater than or equal to 14, and an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of greater than or equal to 12.
Air conditioners with the designation of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient meet the tax credit requirements.
Heat Pumps Meeting the Following Requirements are Eligible for a $300 Tax Credit:
Split Systems must have an HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) of at least 8.5, an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of at least 12.5, and a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of at least 15.
Packaged Systems must have an HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) of at least 8, an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of at least 12, and a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of at least 14.
ENERGY STAR certified heat pumps meet the tax credit requirements.
Are you unsure of whether your new air conditioner or heat pump qualifies for the tax credit? Ask your Symbiont Service HVAC installer. We may also be able to provide you with a Manufacturer Certification Statement.
Does My Home Qualify?
The $300 tax credit is for energy efficiency improvements to residential properties only, with some restrictions. For instance:
It only applies to your primary residence, not a vacation home, second home, commercial property, etc.
It is only for existing homes, not new construction.
Tax Credits for Home Builders and Commercial Properties
If you are a home builder or a commercial building owner/designer, you may be eligible for separate tax credits. Read more at the links below:
To claim the tax credits, fill out IRS Form 5695 and file it with your tax returns. Tax credits are administered by the IRS. For questions about how to apply, please contact the IRS or a tax professional.
*Disclaimer: The tax credit information contained within this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for expert advice from a professional tax/financial planner or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).