Tax Rebates for Homeowners in the Four Corners

December 1st, 2022
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Most of us don’t typically associate tax season with something to be excited about, but maybe this coming year will be different for you. This summer, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was signed into law, which extended benefits for homeowners who can claim various residential upgrades as tax rebates of up to $500. 

            Were you one of the many homeowners who upgraded your heat pump, furnace, AC unit, or water heater this year out of necessity? While it may have been an inconvenient setback, you may be eligible for federal or state government rebates for the 2022 tax filing season. Homeowners often don’t realize there are government incentives for upgrading various parts of their homes to energy-efficient standards. The rebates can apply to windows, doors, insulation, high-efficiency heating systems, air conditioning systems, and water heaters. If you’re curious about which items you purchased that fall under the correct eligibility, you can head to  https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder and browse their website to learn more.

            For homeowners that upgraded their heating and air-conditioning systems, Robbins can help you gather the necessary information to maximize your tax preparation. We assist with identifying the products purchased, determining if the equipment meets the eligibility standards, and supplying you with the required documents to receive a tax refund or rebate. Robbins will issue you an AHRI certificate that you’ll need to hang on to until you’re ready to file your taxes. It’s that simple!

            If you’ve been planning to upgrade some of your residential equipment that falls into these categories, your purchase will qualify through December 31, 2022. Now is the perfect time to make the most of your home’s potential in preparation not only for the upcoming winter but for the added benefit of the tax rebates and refunds. No need to feel in over your head if you aren’t sure about what kind of equipment would be most beneficial for your living space. The professionals at Robbins can help guide you in making the most reasonable decisions that work for you and your home.

            Don’t forget to get that AHRI certificate to have when you’re ready to file next year. While we don’t offer any tax advice or services, we look forward to answering your questions about how to make the most of your residential upgrade tax rebate.

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Why HVAC Maintenance Programs Save You Money Over Time

November 28th, 2022
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Your HVAC system is designed to last for upwards of 15 years with proper care. But that care extends beyond using your system as it’s meant to be used and changing the air filter regularly. Think of it like your car. You have to drive your car carefully, but you also have to invest in regular maintenance like oil changes. 

Your car requires an oil change every so many thousand miles. Having your HVAC system needs similar service annually. Sure, you can skip annual HVAC maintenance, but if you do then you may shorten the life of your unit. But if you do invest in annual maintenance, then you may benefit from an HVAC maintenance program in San Juan County, NM.

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Benefits of Electric Heat Pumps Over Gas Furnaces

November 14th, 2022
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If you need a new heating system for your home, you may be comparing the pros and cons of electric heat pumps over gas furnaces. How do the two systems differ, and what makes one a better choice than the other? Perhaps the biggest difference is the fact that one uses electricity and the other uses gas.

Electric heat pumps are more efficient than gas furnaces because 100% of the energy your electric heat pump uses goes directly into producing heat for your home. A gas furnace loses up to a quarter of its fuel to combustion, meaning that less of the energy actually produces heat. If you’re interested in electric heat pumps in Farmington, NM, our team can help. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about the benefits of an electric heat pump.

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What Actually Happens During a Heating Tune-Up?

October 17th, 2022
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If you’ve followed our blog for any length of time, you know that we are passionate about maintaining your HVAC system and heater. We don’t just want to install a heater and forget about it until the time comes that you need a new one. We want to help you maintain your heater and take care of it so that it can last for years longer than the average lifespan. 

You know that maintenance is important, but you may be wondering what exactly we do during a heating tune-up. If you need heating maintenance before the winter season sets in, give our team a call. We can make sure your heater is working at its best all season long. If you want to learn more about what actually happens during a heating tune-up, just keep reading. 

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Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Repair

October 3rd, 2022
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Your heat pump is the most important component in your home when it comes to staying warm in the winter. When your heat pump is working well you probably don’t think about it much…but what about when you begin noticing signs that something is going wrong? Heat pump damage doesn’t manifest overnight without any warning signs, first.

It’s common for something small to go wrong and spread through your heat pump until the entire system stops working. That’s why it’s so important to address repair needs before your heat pump stops working completely. If you think you need heat pump repair in Farmington this season, we can help. Just give us a call at the first sign that something is wrong so we can fix it before the damage worsens. If you’re not sure how to tell when something is wrong with your heat pump, keep reading. 

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How to Run Your HVAC System Efficiently and Safely

September 19th, 2022

We are rapidly moving toward winter when we will need to turn off the AC and crank up the heat. When you run your HVAC system – whether for AC or heat – you want it to run efficiently and safely. If you have those two topics on your mind, you may be wondering how to put them into action.

Is it possible to make your unit run more efficiently? How can you ensure your family’s safety when using your HVAC unit – especially for heating? If you’re concerned about HVAC safety in Farmington, NM, our team can help. Give us a call with any questions and we can schedule an appointment for a tune-up on your system and to offer guidance. 

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Air Filters Vs. Air Filtration System: What’s the Difference?

September 12th, 2022
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Improving your indoor air quality is a great goal to have for you and your family. Indoor air quality can have an impact on your health and well-being – whether positive or negative. If you’re looking for ways to improve your air quality, you know that you need more than just a standard air filter. But what makes the investment worth it? If you need to understand how an air filtration system is better than an air filter, we can help. 

Air filtration systems in Farmington, NM are our specialty. When you’re ready, we can review the different options so you can decide what’s best for your home or business. In the meantime, we can outline the differences between air filters and an air filtration system for your home or business. 

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Commercial AC Units Still Need Expert Support

August 22nd, 2022
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You already know that the temperatures in our area never cool down for long – even in winter. That means you’re likely running your AC unit to cool your business for the majority of the year. And you need to be able to depend on your cooling system every day. If your unit is working just fine, you may not have AC maintenance on your mind.

But you definitely want to stay ahead of AC repairs – especially when it comes to your business. So if you need maintenance for your commercial AC in Bloomfield, NM, give us a call. By the time you notice warning signs that your AC needs attention, it may already be too late. Damage can add up quickly when just a single component stops working correctly. 

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Swamp Cooler Vs. Central AC: Which Is Right For You?

August 8th, 2022

A refrigerant-based air conditioner isn’t the only option out there for you. There is also the option of an evaporative or swamp cooler to consider.

The goal of both systems is to make sure that you can enjoy a nice, cool home. But these systems work very differently from each other.

Let’s explore the basics of how a central AC in Farmington, NM cools your home versus an evaporative cooler. With this knowledge in mind, you can make a more informed decision about what kind of system is right for your home’s comfort needs.

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What time of day do I run my swamp cooler?

August 5th, 2022

It’s the peak of summer and you’re wondering if you should crank up your swamp cooler to try and beat the heat.

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How A Swamp Cooler Works

Because of our dry climate, swamp coolers can be effective cooling systems. They take in dry air, moisten it by running it through soaked pads, and pump that newly cooled air into your home. This not only adds moisture to your home but simultaneously cools it down.

So they are a cheaper option than refrigerated air and work well in dry climates, and evaporative coolers cool the air they bring into the home by 10-20°. So the air being circulated through your home is 10-20° less than the temperature outside. If there is more humidity in the air, that equals less cooling potential because the air is already moist.

Insulation also plays a part in cooling your home. Good, quality insulation will help hold that cool air in, bringing your home’s temperature down. If air is able to escape, then the overall temperature may not be as low due to that cooler air being able to get out.

And something to note, swamp coolers only cool the air they bring in, not necessarily the whole home. So it may seem like you’re running your evaporative cooler more. So should you run your cooler all day then, to help keep out the heat?

Run your evaporative cooler from early morning till afternoon, then give it a rest.

Here’s why.

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