Remember that stimulus bill that was signed when the economy went down the drain and we went into recession? The government decided it was a good idea to bail out financial institutions and billions of dollars was set aside for use on public projects and job creation programs to stimulate economic growth. Did it work? The jury is still out, but there are folks in better shape today than they were two years ago because of it. There are also a number of homeowners and commercial building landlords who benefited from that bill. Are you one of them? Do you know how you can be?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known to most Americans as “The Stimulus Bill” contains a provision that requires the United States Treasury to give out what are known as 1603 Grants to home and business owners who make improvements to their respective structures that include any use of renewable technology. Created mainly to encourage development in solar energy and wind power, these grants are also available for natural gas conversions and HVAC installations, if they fit the criteria. The 1603 program provides, according to their own definition, “Payments for Specified Energy Property in Lieu of Tax Credits”.
The exact eligibility of a Potomac home or business owner needs to be discussed with your installer and the person who prepares your taxes. There are also tax rebates available on both the state and federal levels and you may be able to take advantage of a manufacturers rebate on top of all of that. Add in our discounts and already low rates and any home or business owner can afford a new system this year. The ARRA is set to expire at the end of 2011 after already getting one extension, so applying for the 1603 program now if you’re eligible is a good idea.
What does an HVAC company have to do with a renewable energy treasury grant? Our goal is to provide you with the most affordable and environmentally safe heating and air conditioning systems available. If you’re going to upgrade the HVAC unit in Potomac, consider the Geothermal heating option that still conveys a 30% tax credit based on the total project price with no cap*( please consult your tax advisor ). An energy efficient Geothermal heating system could be an excellent investment choice, as it will pay dividends year after year in the form of reduced utility bills.
You’ll have to wait until our next post to hear about tax incentives and rebates that are available from state and federal government. Today, we’d like to highlight all of the other incentives that should entice you into installing a new HVAC system or at least servicing the old one. If you live in Bethesda or are managing a commercial property in our service area, you’re eligible for our discounts and service plan specials, both of which are fairly significant. You may also be able to cash in on manufacturers rebates.
Ask yourself why you’d want to upgrade to a new heating or air conditioning system. Eliminate cost from the equation for a moment and make a list of pros and cons for having new equipment handling the heating and cooling of your home. Is new equipment more reliable? Will you pay lower electric and gas bills if your HVAC is brand new? Will your home be warmer in winter and cooler in summer? If you’ve answered yes to all of these, you have all the incentive you need to upgrade your Bethesda HVAC.
Now you can look at cost. How much will installation set you back? You’ve probably always imagined that central heating and air conditioning was expensive, but it’s more affordable than you think. Even without the tax rebates and subsidies that we’re not going to talk about in this post, the actual cost of purchasing the equipment and having us install it will be more than compensated for by the savings on your utility bills over the next few years. That’s some pretty healthy incentive for new equipment.
What else can we say? As an installation and repair specialist for heating and air conditioning systems, we offer service plans for as little as $9.00 a month and service calls for just $79. Even better, we’ll apply those seventy-nine dollars to the cost of any repair we need to do, so if you have a problem the service call is basically free. Does that count as incentive? We think it does, and so do all of the folks that have taken advantage of our low, low prices over the years. Give us a call. There’s more we’d like to tell you about, including information on those tax rebates we didn’t mention.
Since it’s now April and we’re catching a glimpse of warm weather, we thought we’d post this title as a reminder that servicing your air conditioning before summer is not something you have to put off because of price. Here at Donmar we offer some of the most affordable prices in our industry, and service calls are not something we charge extra for. If you have a plan with us for AC Service in Rockville MD, you can pay as little as $9.00 a month. If you need us for an isolated service call, we’ll charge $79 for the call but apply that amount to the cost of the repair we do for you, so basically the call is free if something is wrong.
It’s the time of year when you want to have your air conditioning checked out. Too many homeowners put it off until the last minute and end up suffering through the first few hot days while waiting for a technician to show up. We are available seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, so you can avoid the wait by calling us, but why have even an hour of discomfort on a hot day? Let us take a look at your system now and you can avoid a repair or service call in June or July when you need that AC unit to work.
We appreciate the Rockville homeowners who have chosen to do business with us over the years. Each of our customers is important to us and our technicians develop strong bonds that last for many years. Heating and air conditioning are constant needs for the entire time you own your home, so you’ll get to know our people well once you’ve contacted us for your repair and installation needs. We’ll sit down with you on our very first visit and go over sensible service schedules or recommend new installations or upgrades, always keeping in mind that you need to keep costs down.
What else do we have to offer? We can show you how to take advantage of a $1500 energy tax credit currently available, offer another $1500 OFF with manufacturer rebates and discounts, and we do FREE in home estimates. We’re currently offering $100 OFF New Trane Clean Effects Air Cleaners or New Aprilaire Humidifiers and we accept American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, while offering Military and Senior Citizens Discounts. Financing is also available on approved credit. Is that enough? We already mentioned we offer the lowest prices in the industry, right? Call us.
The smell of fresh cut grass and a trip to the first tee are right around the corner now. Spring has sprung and winter has once again faded into a not so distant memory. It will come again, and summer is almost here, but for right now you can breathe the warm air of spring and keep your windows open to the world. Days are comfortable, nights are still cool, and life is good. Its times like these when you feel your home along the Potomac is worth every penny you paid for it. Did you feel that way during the winter or was it too cold and drafty? If it was, you’ll suffer in summer also.
Homes along the Potomac need heat and air conditioning. Here in the mid-Atlantic portion of the country we still have four seasons a year. One is very cold and the other can be extremely hot. If you don’t have the heating and cooling systems to handle those temperature swings you’ll be uncomfortable for at least half of the year. If you have a sub-par system or a home that is poorly insulated, you’ll not only have drafts or hot spots in your house, but you’ll pay higher electric bills. That’s where Donmar can help you. We can either install a new system or fix the old one. You’ll have to do the installation yourself. We can recommend someone who can help with that.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re at the very least contemplating a change in your heating or air conditioning system. Maybe the old unit isn’t performing well and you’re looking for answers, maybe its time for a new system, or maybe you’re a new homeowner wondering how the old residents lived without air conditioning. Regardless of what your reasons are, you have come to the right place. Give us a few minutes to evaluate your current heating or air conditioning system and we’ll recommend what needs to be done to get better performance.
All utility and fuel bills are higher this year than they were last year, and next year they’ll get even higher. If you have oil heat, you know why. If you have natural gas or electric and are wondering why those are costing more, it’s pretty much because oil prices keep going up. Gas is mined using equipment powered by petroleum and then transported in trucks or tankers that burn diesel fuel. Fifty percent of the electricity you use is provided by coal fired plants, but their costs are still escalating along with rising oil prices. The need for more efficient HVAC systems in Potomac has never been more pressing. Call us now so you don’t get swamped with high utility bills this year.