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How to Take Advantage Of Energy Rebates

As Spring and Summer approach Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, you may realize that the air conditioning in your house is either in need of replacement or repair. Your initial thoughts may be “Great, another expense I can’t afford”. But, did you know that the utility companies offer huge rebates for installing energy efficient equipment? Surprisingly, a lot of people are unaware that these rebates exist, and some may even think that it seems counterintuitive. Affordable Service helps break down how to take advantage of these rebates and why they’re offered in the first place.

In Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, renewable energy is a high priority. Utilities and government agencies have reserved tax dollars for reducing energy usage. There are two reasons for this; one is limited energy is high in demand and the other reason is capital. It is more cost-efficient to offer incentives on energy-saving products than it is having to build newer and larger energy-producing facilities.

Again, we understand that the cost of an unexpected repair or an older, inefficient energy unit needing to be replaced can be a cause for stress. But, when you consider the rebates available to you and add in the potential year over year savings, you can save money on a new HVAC system! PNM offers rebates on swamp coolers (large or window mounted), large refrigerated air conditioning units, heat pumps, and smart thermostats.

PNM has a cooling rebate program that offers residents of Albuquerque and the surrounding area a reduced cost to purchase and install certain energy efficient units in their home. They’ve even made it convenient for you by being able to file your claim online. This year you can also take advantage of a rebate up to $300 for certain evaporative coolers. They also have air conditioner and heat pump rebates. The installation of your new cooler must be done by a PNM certified installer, such as Affordable Service! Call us today at 891-8907. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

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Energy Efficiency Myths

Let's look at a few energy efficiency myths about heating and cooling we've heard at Affordable Service and the reality behind them. Myth #1 Attic Insulation Only Helps in Winter The fact is insulation works just as much in the summer as it does in the winter. In the summer, it keeps cool air in and keeps hot air out. You will likely see more effect in winter, but your summer air conditioning bills should also be lower. Myth #2 A Larger HVAC Unit Is Better The idea is that a larger unit won't have to work as hard, which is true. However, a larger unit costs more upfront. Plus, because it switches on and off frequently, you may see higher repair costs for the electric control. HVAC units need to tailor made to your home or they’ll short cycle. At Affordable Service, we’ll help you choose the correct unit for your home. Myth #3 Keeping Temperatures Steady Keeps Energy Use Down This is another myth we hear at Affordable Service all the time. The truth is, when you aren't at home, it's better to adjust the temperature to a more efficient setting. You can do this manually. However, the better choice is to have a programmable thermostat installed and set to handle the adjustments automatically. Myth #4 Closing Vents Saves Money If you aren't using a room, it would seem to make sense that cutting off the vents in that room would save money. The experts here at Affordable Service Heating know better. What happens is the air pressure in the vents increase because the air cannot exit as it should. This can cause the HVAC system to be less efficient. To learn more about energy efficiency, call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today at 505-891-8907
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