INVEST IN YOUR HOME

If you have lived here in North Carolina for more than a hour during the summer, or a day in the winter, you know how brutal the heat and humidity can be, and how cold it can get in a instant. Air conditioning and heat are not a luxury- it's a necessity for survival. But just like anything mechanical, the older the unit is the less efficient it is. Not only does time and environmental factors such as salt air near the coast take their toll, but technology progresses and cooling/heating systems become more and more efficient.

Note: With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, homeowners may be able to claim tax credits equal to 300.00 if you upgrade to a more energy-efficient HVAC equipment if you have not claimed any appliance tax credits.

So how old is your A/C system?

In 2006, a federal regulation mandated that central cooling/heating systems had to have a minimum S.E.E.R (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating ) rating of 13. Previous years the minimum rating had been 10. So what does that mean to you? Basically, the higher the S.E.E.R rating, the more energy efficient the central air conditioning unit and the less electricity you'll need to cool your home. Even 6 year old systems are considered grossly inefficient by today's energy efficiency standards.

According to Consumer Reports, " A central air conditioning unit rated at a 13 SEER uses up to 30% less electricity than a 10 SEER system. With higher energy costs predicted in many parts of the country, consumers will have that payback on the unit much quicker with less electricity being used." Considering that going from, say, a 10 S.E.E.R system to something like a 16 S.E.E.R could save you an average of 40-50% on your electric bills, a new high-efficiency system can pay for itself a lot more quickly than you might think. 

Also, a new system is going to be quieter, as well as simply make your home more comfortable. And finally, a new high-efficiency cooling/heating system is going to add to your home's resale value.

You worked hard for your money all last year. If you are anticipating a tax refund, consider making an investment in your family's comfort and your home's value. 

Please ask one of our comfort advisers on details of how you can get your $300.00 tax refund today!                                                                      


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