How to Save Money on a New HVAC

If you need a new HVAC system, you’re looking at a pretty major home expense. But, there’s good news! There are plenty of ways to save money on a new HVAC purchase.

To save the most money on a new HVAC system, you’ll want to combine multiple promotions. When there are many different incentives available, you can take advantage by combining them for the best final price. For example, rebates, manufacturer specials, and financing can all be used together to get the best deal. When you understand how each of these offers work, you can make the best choice for your home – and your budget!

Rebates: The Best Way to Save Money on HVAC Systems

Rebates can be a very lucrative way to save money on a new HVAC system. In fact, right now Riverside, CA area customers can save over $2,000 in real money on a new HVAC system.

Rebates are basically a discount on your purchase. Instead of a pre-purchase discount like a grocery coupon, with a rebate you receive your discount after your purchase. Once you have purchased your new HVAC, you will submit an application for a rebate. Rebate applications are very simple! Most of the time, you’ll just need a receipt and verification of the installation. Here is the most important tip for securing a rebate: make sure the system you are purchasing meets the requirements of the rebate program. If you need help, simply give us a call at 877-411-9888 and we’d be happy to help you select a system that will qualify.

Save the Most Money with Carrier’s Cool Cash HVAC Rebates

Occasionally, manufacturers will run fantastic deals on new HVAC systems and you can save a boatload of money. Right now is one of those times!

Carrier is offering a huge deal on new cooling system installs. You can get up to $1,650 on a qualifying Carrier purchase. There is no better deal that this one, and it only comes around twice a year at most. So when you see it is available, take action! This deal is only available through June 30th.

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HVAC Rebates from Other Sources

Here in the Inland Empire, there are several other rebates you can take advantage of. The purpose of the rebates is to encourage homeowners to choose more efficient products to heat and cool their home. The idea is that when lots of people choose green products, the entire community will be better off with cleaner air and less strain on the utility providers. As a reward, you’ll save money on your new HVAC purchase. It’s a win-win!

Here’s some of the current rebates that are available:

  • SoCal Gas Company: Our local natural gas provider is offering rebates to customers. One rebate that is available is for smart thermostats. Another rebate that is available is for new, high-efficiency furnaces. Summer is a great time to replace a furnace, since you really won’t be needed it to be operational. So, it’s a great time to take advantage of this rebate along with Carrier’s Cool Cash and invest in a new heating system. Through this rebate you can save a lot of money: get up to $200 cash back on a new furnace for your HVAC system.
  • City of Riverside: Right now, the City of Riverside is offering rebates through their Green Riverside program. The savings stack up with their rebates for high efficiency central air conditioning and heat pump systems. You can save up to $250 per ton on a new HVAC system if the SEER rating is 16 or greater. On a 5-ton system, that’s $1,250 in savings. You can get all of the details on the City of Riverside website.

Combine HVAC Rebates and Save Money

Here’s what’s really great about rebates: you don’t have to pick and choose. You can take advantage of all of the rebates on the same purchase! If you need guidance on how to save money with HVAC rebates in the Inland Empire area, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Financing your HVAC System Purchase

Another way to save money on your new HVAC system is with financing. An HVAC is a big purchase for any family. It can be difficult to come up with the lump sum for a new A/C, especially if you weren’t expecting to replace it.

That’s why we offer financing to our customers. You can break up the total cost of your new equipment over the course of 6-18 months. And, depending on your payment plan, you could get a 0% APR interest rate. That means that your HVAC will cost exactly the same whether you pay up-front or pay monthly. So if the cost of an HVAC system is what is keeping you from replacing your system, take a look at the financing options available to you.

Sheldon’s Air Conditioning & Heating: Helping You Save Money on a New HVAC

When it comes to these promotional offers, our team is ready to help you find the best savings. Incentives like rebates and financing are not just beneficial to you, it is in our best interest to help you find these savings, too. So, you can trust that we will help you save the most money on your HVAC purchase. We’re in this together!

Every day, we help customers save a ton of money on new HVAC purchases. Will you be next? Contact us to get expert advice on an affordable and efficient cooling and heating system for your home.

Why HVAC Maintenance is Not a DIY Project

Owning a home can get expensive. There are a lot of system to keep up with, from garage doors to sprinklers. So, many homeowners look to do-it-yourself (DIY) maintenance efforts including HVAC systems. But, we’d urge you reconsider your DIY efforts on your home’s heating and cooling system.

But, I watched a DIY video on HVAC maintenance!

The internet has made it possible to become an expert on nearly every subject! There are hundreds of DIY videos on YouTube covering HVAC maintenance. Unfortunately, watching a video cannot replace years of training and professional experience. Professional, NATE-certified technicians are trained to follow proper safety protocols in dealing with refrigerants, mechanical systems, and electricity that are a part of HVAC systems.

HVAC maintenance is required infrequently, so it is unlikely that you will become a DIY expert on your system. You’ll have to look up the information every time you want to service your system. Each time will feel like the first time. Plus, most homeowners don’t have all of the equipment required to provide your system a full service. Aside from your vehicle, your HVAC system is likely the most valuable equipment on your property. It’s simply not worth the potential consequences to try and provide DIY maintenance on your HVAC service. So,when it comes to servicing your HVAC, please call a professional, licensed HVAC service.

What HVAC maintenance can I DIY?

A full HVAC service cannot be completed by the average homeowner. But, there are several things you can do to keep your HVAC in proper working order throughout the year:

  • Program your thermostat (or install a programmable thermostat)
  • Change your filters often
  • Be mindful of unusual sounds and smells
  • Clean your air vents with a damp cloth
  • Visually inspect your outdoor unit and remove any debris

Why should I hire a professional for HVAC maintenance instead of DIY?

Heating and cooling systems are highly complex mechanical systems, similar to your vehicle. In order to install and service equipment, technicians must have years of training. Technicians that are NATE-certified must have knowledge of HVAC-specific safety, tools, and an understanding of temperature and humidity science. These technicians have formal training provided by an employer or technical school, and then must pass tests to meet certification requirements.

Professionals in the HVAC industry get access to the latest training on new technologies. For example, our team attends a yearly manufacturer training where we learn about new products, get hands-on training with new tools, and hone-in on best practices. This information may take many years to make it to a DIY article or YouTube video.

In short: HVAC technicians are servicing equipment in homes like yours day in, day out. They have encountered all sorts of challenges in servicing equipment and are prepared with solutions. Those that try to DIY maintenance on HVAC systems do not have the training, industry-specific knowledge, or skills that the professionals have.

HVAC Maintenance By Professionals

When you hire a professional to do your HVAC maintenance in the Inland Empire area, you get more than the basics shown in DIY articles.

There will be the normal clean-up as you’ve probably already read about. For example, clearing debris, washing outdoor coils, and cleaning indoor coils. We will also replace your air filter. So far, this is simple…right? Additionally, our team will take care of:

  • Checking your drains and drain pan – clearing any clogs and ensuring your system is draining properly
  • Check system operating stats like air pressure and temperature, ensuring your system is operating properly
  • Lubricate moving parts to improve the longevity of your system
  • Inspect and calibrate your thermostat
  • Tighten electrical contacts and connections
  • Evaluate refrigerant charge and recharge if necessary
  • Examine your system for wear and tear that may result in potential issues

When a professional is looking at your air conditioning system, they’ll be able to identify potential future problems. Our technicians will explain the issue to you and discuss the different options for repair.

If you were doing DIY maintenance on your HVAC system, would you be able to identify something that doesn’t look right? Trust this work to the professionals that inspect air conditioning systems every day.

Should I Use My Ceiling Fan or My Air Conditioner?

If your home is equipped with ceiling fans, you might wonder if you can save money by whirling the fans versus lowering your AC. We often have customers asking us: Should I use the ceiling fan or use the AC?

The simple fact is this: the energy required to use ceiling fans is much lower than what is required to power an air conditioner. The best bet is to use both systems together.

Most people we know swear that ceiling fans won’t truly cool them off. In fact, ceiling fans are a helpful addition to a cost-effective comfort plan for you home. Ceiling fans improve air circulation in your home. As a result, the movement of air against your skin triggers evaporation. That helps keep you cool! Plus, ceiling fans force warmer air away from occupants, which can make you feel as much as eight degrees cooler.

Efficiently Using Your AC

If you want to use a ceiling fan, you’re probably looking to save energy costs. That’s totally understandable. Utility bills can get out of control. In the Inland Empire area, 17% of of energy bills are attributed to air conditioning systems. But that’s just an average over the course of year. In the summer, up to 70% of your energy bill could be just air conditioning!

So, if you want to save energy on cooling your home, the first step is to look for tips to reduce your air conditioning usage. If you haven’t had your HVAC serviced recently, now might be the time. Just like your vehicle, when your air conditioner is properly maintained, it operates better. Also, consider installing a programmable thermostat. That way you can schedule your thermostat to set back 5-10 degrees when you leave your home for several hours. Finally, make sure your change your filter. We recommend changing filters every 3 months, or more frequently if you have pets or family members with allergies.

Ceiling Fans: The Wind Effect

If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. 

U.S. Department of Energy

Ceiling fans can significantly reduce the need for air conditioning. During our hot southern California summers, using a ceiling fan along with a highly-efficient air conditioner can save you big in energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you use ceiling fans you can increase your thermostat setting by four degrees without any change in comfort. In fact, if the outdoor temperature isn’t too hot, you could turn off your A/C completely and rely only on the fans.

Here’s one important point to remember: ceiling fans cool people, not rooms! While you will feel the cooling effect of a ceiling fan while you are sitting in a room, the room will not get colder if you leave a fan on. So, be sure to turn off ceiling fans anytime you leave the room. Otherwise, you’re just wasting energy!

Your HVAC Experts in Riverside, CA

Looking to save more money on your monthly HVAC costs? We’d love to help. Contact us today to learn more about our energy-efficient HVAC systems. Or, schedule your routine HVAC preventative maintenance appointment to ensure your system is working efficiently.