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).
When you share your home with others it may be a constant battle to find the “best temperature.” The air conditioning professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning in Englewood, Florida offer tips for what is the best temperature for your Florida home. Know that even when we share this information the “best” is still subjective!
Consider that in Florida we are, and will continue to be, dealing with heat and humidity for many months to come and that means we want our homes to be an escape from that. Once winter arrives you’re looking to keep warm and comfortable even though Florida rarely sees or deals with frost or below freezing temps, there is a chill in the air that you want to alleviate, right?
Even when you settle on a perfect temp for your home, the insulation, the air flow and even how well your home is sealed, your 72 degrees may feel different than the 72 degrees you live with in the office or when you visit a friend or family member.
HVAC professionals in Englewood, Florida and other states have been deemed essential businesses. This means the air conditioning professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning are there to assist you in this time of shut-downs, quarantine and fears about #coronavirus. We have been asked many times how HVAC pros can address coronavirus concerns and because we have fielded that question so frequently, we have put this article together to help allay concerns.
We are still manning our office and we are taking all recommended precautions as put forth by the CDC when we pay a service visit. Please call if you have any questions about your air conditioner and whether it needs a maintenance and service visit to put your mind at ease about the virus and its potential impacts on your indoor air.
Like much of the rest of the country, Florida home and business owners are in a state of quarantine and social distancing because of #coronavirus (COVID-19) If you’re wondering about coronavirus and your indoor air quality, we want to offer some insight.
Because the professionals at Symbiont Air Conditioning are considered essential employees we are fielding calls all the time about coronavirus and its impacts on our health because so many of us are confined to their homes.
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