Air Squad’s Routine Maintenance Plan

photo of air conditionerWhen you make a big investment in a piece of equipment, like your HVAC system, you don’t want it breaking down on you. If you don’t want that to happen, a regular maintenance plan can greatly decrease the chances. A professional technician, like the ones you’ll find at Air Squad, can ensure that your HVAC system runs properly and stays in peak condition. We discuss how here.

What you’ll get:

When you buy into our maintenance plan, you can breathe easy when it comes to your HVAC system. It costs 180$ monthly for the first system, plus 120$ for each other system in your home. Also, all systems in the home must have coverage.

  • 10% off of any repairs necessary
  • A precision tune-up at no cost to you every Spring and Fall
  • Notifications about all of your services
  • Maximum equipment life-span, with maximum efficiency
  • Faster service over non-members
  • Yearly “Bonus Buck’s” (100$) that you can put towards a new unit

If you’d like to take advantage of these perks, give Air Squad a call today! Find out about any of our other services as well. You can reach us at (817) 431-4742.

Benefits Of Owning A Natural Gas Fireplace

photo of fireplaceBack in the old days, nobody could rely on the amazing modern heating systems that we have today. They had to make due with burning wood inside their fireplace. While fireplaces have lost their place as an absolute necessity, having one can still provide many benefits. Here, we go over some of those advantages of owning a natural gas fireplace.

Overview Of Benefits:

Natural gas fireplaces differ from wood fireplaces in a few different ways. While you won’t keep the ability to use them when the power goes out, natural gas still beats out wood in a few different ways.

  • You don’t have to constantly haul firewood into your home when you want to sit by the fireplace.
  • Natural gas can actually save you energy; you can even get blower fans to circulate the warm air throughout your home.
  • Natural gas provides a safer fuel for burning; you won’t have to worry so much about the kids or pets getting hurt.
  • Many states have implemented bans against wood fireplaces, but none against natural gas.

This list doesn’t even completely encompass all of the benefits. Talk with your installer to learn more. If your natural gas fireplace ever stops working properly, call Air Squad for prompt repairs. You can reach us at (817) 431-4742.

Tri-County Electric Rebates

Tri-County Electric Rebates

Attention Tri-County Electric Customers!

Photo of a/c repairmanIn the October 2009 newsletter, Tri-County Electric announced launch of the “Energy Efficiency Rebate Program” (EERP).  The purpose of this rebate is to encourage Tri-County customers to  take more energy efficient efforts in the way that they use energy.  Rebates will be offered for installation of efficient electric heating/cooling equipment, a/c tune-ups and attic insulation.

High Efficiency Electric Heat Pump

Tri-Co will issue rebates for equipment that exceeds the current minimum performance ratings of 13 Seer for cooling & exceeds 7.7 HSPF for heating.

  •  14 Seer Heat Pump (Qualified Rebate:  $100)
  • 15 Seer & higher Heat Pump (Qualified Rebate:  $200)

For more information on an Air Squad Air Conditioning Equipment click here.

Heating and Air Conditioning Tune-Up

Tri-County defines the Heating and AC tune-up as:  An annual tune up that  includes checking and correcting the unit’s refrigerant charge, repairing leaks if required, cleaning and lubricating the blower unit, inspecting and cleaning of refrigerant coils, replacing filters, thermostat inspection, wiring inspection and duct work inspection.

  • One inspection per 12 months (Qualified Rebate:  $100)

For more information on an Air Squad Heating Tune Up click here.

Attic Insulation

This rebate is available for residences using electric air conditioning and resistant heat.  Homes with R-8 insulation or less must increase insulation to a minimum of R-38.

  • (Qualified Rebate:  $275) – Per Residence

Economic Stimulus Act of 2009

Take Advantage of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2009

Don’t Give ALL Your Money to the IRS. Go Green This Year! Save Money on Your Taxes

Photo of IRS comicOn February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the stimulus bill American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

If you have looked into the stimulus incentives, then you know how complicated they are.  We are here to help you sort through the details to benefit you most.

Homeowners who install qualified air conditioning units or attic insulation between January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010 may qualify for this credit.  This credit may qualify for 30% off the installation cost (up to $1500 per household).

Below is a list of eligible home heating/cooling equipment, as well as, insulation that Air Squad can provide for you.

Insulation and Sealing – Added insulation to walls, ceiling, or other parts of the building envelope and sealing ducts and cracks in the building shell to reduce infiltration and heat loss, as specified in the 2009 IECC model energy code.

Furnaces –  High-efficiency gas, natural gas, and propane furnaces that meet an Annual Fuel Use Efficiency (AFUE) of 95 or higher and gas, oil, or propane boilers and oil furnaces that meet an AFUE of 90 or higher.

Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps – Central air conditioning units must meet the highest tier standards set by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) as of January 1, 2009, which for most systems in a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16.

Geothermal Heat Pumps (or ground source) – These are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but instead of outside air as the source of heat, they rely on the stable, even heat of the earth to provide heating and air conditioning. Starting in 2009, geothermal heat pumps are eligible for the tax credit, for 30% of the cost with no maximum.  This tax credit is valid until December 2016.

Fans – High-efficiency fans for heating and cooling systems that use no more than 2% of total heating system energy use, as defined by DOE test procedure.

A tax credit means that you offset your tax liability. For example, if you were eligible to take the maximum $1,500 energy tax credit on a new comfort system installation, it would reduce your tax liability (the amount you owe in taxes) by $1,500. That’s a lot better than it being used as a deduction where you’d simply reduce your taxable income by $1,500 and then calculate the tax liability on the taxable income.

There is no upper or lower limit on income for the energy efficient tax credits…but if you do not pay any taxes, then you cannot get the credit.

Every taxpayer’s situation is different.  Therefore, it’s recommended that homeowners consult with a tax professional to review the provisions of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (ARRA).  Taxpayers should also keep copies of invoices and receipts for documenting their actual expenditures.

The official Energy Star site contains  very useful information regarding the Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.

We know there is a ton of information to sort through.  We are here to walk you through this process.  Shoot us an email or give us a call to schedule an air conditioning upgrade or if you simply have questions for us.

Safety Heating Tune Ups

Safety Heating Tune Ups

Tune Up Your Heater! Don’t Get Left in the Cold!

 Photo of feet, family, fireplace, warmthWant to keep your family safe, stay warm & save money at the same time?

Fall officially arrived on September 22, 2010.  The days are growing shorter and the weather is getting cooler.  About time, right?  We never can wait until that we get the first cold front that comes in.  But then…when it does, we want to be warm!

Now is the time to call Air Squad and have a technician do a thorough heating/safety inspection on your furnace.

Heating Tune Up Services

  • Check for proper combustion
  • Inspect heat exchanger
  • Check flue draft
  • Check limit controls
  • Check safety devices
  • Check for gas leaks
  • Check heat strips
  • Check for deadly Carbon Monoxide
  • Clean burners (in place)
  • Check air filters
  • Check blower capacitor
  • Check amperage
  • Test gas pressure
  • Check temperature (supply and return)
  • Confirm proper operation

Tune Up Benefits

In Texas, the central air conditioning system is used year-round.  There are very few days that windows actually get opened to let the ac have a rest.  If any machine works that hard, it will require repair, maintenance or replacement at some point.

To prolong the life of your unit, regular maintenance will keep it running at it’s peak performance level.  Improving the fuel capacity and heating capacity will in the end lower the energy usage, thus lowering the energy bill.

Your Furnace Warranty

All furnace and air conditioner manufacturers recommend routine maintenance.  Almost all manufacturer’s owner’s manual and warranty state that the homeowner is required to maintain their equipment or the warranty may become void.  Some manufacturers may even require you to keep a receipt of the routine professional maintenance.

Home Warranty Requirements

Home warranty companies cover problems that are caused by normal wear and tear. Many will not cover problems caused by failure to perform required maintenance.  Have a professional HVAC contractor perform routine tune ups on your heating and air conditioning system and also keep records to document proper maintenance in order to maintain both your a/c system and its warranty!