Baptist Heating & Air is teaming up with Mcgreggor Road Baptist Church to collect food for Good News Mission from now until November 20th.
Baptist Heating & Air is teaming up with Mcgreggor Road Baptist Church to collect food for Good News Mission from now until November 20th.
With the recent announcement that Carrier & Bryant won’t be Made in the U.S.A. because they are moving their manufacturing from Indianapolis, Indiana to Mexico over the next few years, everyone seems to have an opinion from the man on the street, all the way up to Donald Trump. We are saddened that production of our major competitor is going to leave our country, even, our state. As an American I think honest competition is a necessary element for capitalism. As either a Democrat, or Republican it is sad for all of us to see jobs go south, and we all prefer products made in the U.S.A., Right? Now a big vacuum of jobs will take place in our city, with many people losing their jobs. We will be praying for the local families that will be affected.
Most HVAC manufacturers in the last 10 years have moved some or all of their production to Mexico, and have started sourcing parts from all over the world. Rheem / Ruud has for example been slowly moving production from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, with all of their air conditioner and heat pump production now gone. All this makes you think Ross Perot was right when he talked about a “sucking sound” taking all of our jobs away.
At Baptist Heating & Air, we have always been very concerned about where our products have been made. In the early 2000’s we sold Goodman products which at the time had the longest parts warranties, was the worlds largest privately held HVAC manufacturer, and their products were made in Tennessee and Texas. However, that changed when they decided to go public with their stock, and the first change that we noticed, was the removal of domestic parts, then the quality of them at Amana went down. Now at this stage, I believe that every HVAC manufacturer has some “international” parts inside their products. At this stage, the best contractors and consumers can hope for is that the products have very few international parts, and high quality control over all parts. These are the things that drove us to sell American Standard, so in 2012 we completely switched over to the best brand. These days American Standard has 10 year parts warranties on their products, they still assemble in the U.S.A., and we still make most of our parts! American Standard engineers are still making innovations, while most of the other brands have been struggling the last few years with the “big secret” about Copeland Compressor sludge problems(due to outsourcing), we have enjoyed the same trouble free compressors that we have made in-house, since American Standard and Trane are the only companies that still make our own compressors. No company is perfect, but I’m glad that our product is still Made in America. Here are a few documents from 2012 showing models of our American Standard Condensers, Heat Pumps, Air Handlers, furnaces, roof top units, and furnaces that are made in the U.S.A. Additionally, we have over 50 other products that we procure specifically because they are made in America. If you would like more information don’t hesitate to give us a call. 317-782-1900.
We are sad that Carrier & Bryant won’t be Made in the U.S.A.
Tax Credits are back!
You may qualify for these credits even if you installed your furnace years ago. We will be calling our customers in the next few weeks to let you know if the furnace you already installed qualifies for the credit. Furthermore, most of the furnaces we sell qualify for the credit also. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we will take care of you. Details about the IRS tax credit are below:
TAX PAYER RELIEF ACT OF 2012
As part of the recently passed American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012, Congress modified and extended its energy efficiency tax credits for appliances, new homes and retrofits to existing homes, which includes the 25C heating and cooling equipment tax incentive for 2012 through 2016. Thanks to the federal legislation retroactively extending previously available tax credits, homeowners may be eligible for a tax credit if they purchase certain types of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, water heating equipment, or make other energy-related improvements to their homes between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016. The new legislation extends the cumulative cap of a $500* maximum tax credit.
ENERGY IMPROVEMENT AND EXTENSION ACT OF 2008 (H.R. 1424)
Geothermal tax credits are also available for home owners who install geothermal heating and cooling systems through the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424). H.R. 1424 offers a onetime tax credit of 30% of the total investment for homeowners who install residential ground loop or ground water geothermal heat pumps that meet or exceed Energy Star requirements and are installed after December 31, 2007. The tax credit is available through December 31, 2016. Consult your local tax professional for advice on taking advantage of this tax credit.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A TAX CREDIT?
For qualified HVAC improvements, homeowners may be able to claim 25C tax credits equal to 10 percent of the installed costs (up to $500 maximum*). The extended tax credit is in effect for all qualifying systems and products installed during the 2012 through 2016 calendar years and expires on December 31,2016. For qualified geothermal improvements, homeowners may be able to claim HR 1424 tax credits equal to 30% of the total installed cost. Subject to IRS regulations, tax credits apply as a direct reduction of taxes owed. The IRS has directed taxpayers to use Form 5695 to calculate and file for their residential energy credits. Customers should consult with a tax professional to fully understand how the tax credits may apply to you, what you can do to obtain one, and for advice on tax preparation.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD’S ENERGY EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS?
American Standard is committed to meeting the needs of homeowners in a very dynamic environment and offers many products under this new law. Depending on the type of system or product purchased, it may be possible to qualify for a 25C tax credit of up to $500* on your income tax return. IRS form 5695 will need to be filed with your return. To find a dealer near you, click here.
*Maximum 25C tax credit amount is $500 and is available for respective products in the following amounts: $300 maximum for a qualifying.air conditioning system, heat pump or packaged system, $150 maximum for a qualifying furnace, and $50 maximum for a qualifying product with an advanced circulating fan. The tax credit is effective for all qualified systems installed from 1/1/2012 through 12/31/2016, and is only valid to taxpayers that own their home and use it as their principal residence.
The American Standard Platinum Fully Modulating AccuComfort System is the most comfortable system that money can buy. Not only does it make the climate in your house precisely as you want, it is also the most efficient HVAC system Ingersoll Rand has made to date. From American Standard’s early beginnings, to purchasing Trane in 1984, American Standard has always been a trend setter. Of course, there are lots of reason why our product is the best. Let us mention a few:
Don’t hesitate to ask us to come out for a no pressure quote on the Best System in the Industry
Many people are using Home Warranty Companies these days. When a seller of a home sells to a buyer, it is becoming a common thing for the seller to purchase a home warranty. This seems to help the transaction along very well, because after the buyers home inspection, the home warranty would seem to fill in all the gaps so that there is little that could go wrong for the buyer. Well this is not entirely true, many times the home inspector may skip some of the HVAC tests because of the temperature, or lack of training, or it is even possible that the inspector could miss something. IF the inspector misses something, and the HVAC equipment is bad, the condition may be considered pre-existing, and the home warranty company may NOT cover the repair. This is something important to be aware of. Make sure to read your contracts. Here are some more things with home warranty companies that seems to perplex people that have them. Once a Contractor has been selected by the Home Warranty Company to take care of your issue, realize they are not the Home Warranty Company so on one hand, they are on your side! At the same time, when a contractor is called out, from a warranty company, they also have a responsibility to make sure they take care of the Home Warranty Company’s interests also. So the contractor has to balance the interests of each party. As such, there are many criteria for the service call that are changed, that would be different had the contractor been called by a customer directly. One is that sometimes a contractor may want to recommend to you that a new system be installed, maybe for a benefit to you for energy savings, rebates available, or maybe we see that you are going to have multiple repairs done, and so often that you would have to consider adopting your service Tech because he will be making so many trips. That was a slight exaggeration, however from the perspective of the Home Warranty company, they want to repair the system as economically as possible; and replace only if absolutely necessary. These type of situations we would expect to be obvious, but sometimes people do not think all of the way through, especially with an unforeseen incident. Another commonly misunderstood item seen is concerning leak checks. Part of the procedure used for leak checking for home warranty companies is to add refrigerant charge to the unit if it only needs a little refrigerant, then watch and wait to determine if a leak is severe. A customer can always pay for an electronic leak check, but the home warranties do not normally like to do them until it is determined the leak rate is over somewhere around 2 or 3 pounds a year. A third common misunderstanding happens when a customer gets a new piece of equipment, and then drops their home warranty. If something goes wrong, you may have a parts warranty on the parts, but the labor is not covered by the installing contractor, it is covered by the warranty company until you have not renewed. When a contractor does work through a warranty company, the warranty company is only paying for the raw labor for the job that is done for you, and miscellaneous parts. So, if you do not renew you are on your own with the labor, which could be pricey.
Home Warranties are not for everyone, we have seen them really help some people out that needed them, and we have seen times that Home Warranties kept people from getting the system they probably would have purchased. The most important thing to remember if you have one is, when you let them lapse, you are back on your own.
P.S. Did we mention Read your contracts… 🙂
As the temps have dropped, we have had some calls from customers asking what the best settings are for their systems. They have asked if their system should be running non stop. And many more questions. Let me make some statements to help.
1. Anytime you know temperatures are going to drop below ten degrees you should shut off any set-back settings on your programmable thermostat. Go to your thermostat and set the setpoint and hit “HOLD“. This will keep all of your setbacks from happening. This is important because when your contractor designed your system, he should have used 5 Degrees(Here in Indy) as the coldest average temperature here. That means if your system is designed correctly, your system should run continuously at 5 Degrees outside to maintain a temperature of 67 Degrees in your home. That is often a surprise when we explain that to customers.
2. Another thing we were able to tell a very few customers, when the big ice storm came was since there was a great possibility of power outages it was a good idea to bump up and raise your temperature even a few degrees in case of a power outage, it would buy you some time before your house would get dangerously cold. We get very concerned when a house gets near the low forty’s. But if the power is out the fifties is a scary place. We had about four customers who had power go out and one who had frozen pipes burst. Remember even if your thermostat says 50, there might be a wall that is already near freezing with pipes inside.
3. Lastly, anytime we get near dangerous temperatures, Check your filters! Don’t be concerned that your system is running non-stop; that is what it should be doing.
‘Till next time
Temperatures are starting to drop, it is about time to turn on your Furnace, or your Heat Pump. Before you do, it is a good idea to have us come out and look your system over. If your gas furnace is less than 10 years old, it has many safeties on it that will keep it from running “usually” if it is unsafe. However it is still a good idea to have it checked out. And we recommend ANYONE who has a gas furnace to have a carbon monoxide detector in either their living room or their bedroom. Now concerning Heat pumps; many times people turn on their a/c’s in the spring to find that their compressor has went out during the winter. You have three things you can do to avoid that happening with your system. One, have us come out and check out your system, including the refrigerant charge to make sure you didn’t lose charge over the summer. Number two, change your filter! In the cold months, if you don’t change your filters, you cook the windings in your compressor. Lastly, “be careful” and do not get burnt doing this, but once every few weeks during the winter it isn’t a bad idea to touch quickly the copper suction line which may get VERY hot, to make sure it is warm. If it is ever cold or room temperature in the winter while the system is running, something is probably wrong, and you need to give us a call. Enjoy the leaves turning. See ya in Church.
With summer in full swing, many customers are realizing that the government’s actions in reducing the amount of R22 refrigerant that can be made by the manufactures has really raised the price of R22 refrigerant. So the question has become:is it okay to use the R22 replacement refrigerants? In short we say no. Let us give you just a few reasons. It isn’t compatible with the refrigerant you have left (say your system holds 5 pounds, and you need 2) the three you have has to be recovered. Then 5 pounds of the new stuff has to be put in. If the contractor does put it in “on top” not only is it illegal, but voids any possible warranties you could have. It cannot possibly work efficiently as two different chemicals made to do specific jobs have been mixed (think bleach and ammonia)