Change AC filter

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Why You Need to Regularly Change Your AC Filter

Air filters are such an integral part of a well-functioning HVAC system, and are often taken for granted. Not only do we trust our filters to catch all the unwanted debris circulating in our homes, but we depend on their protection from bigger bits and pieces that may get sucked in and cause great damage.
When we neglect to change our filters, we risk unnecessary financial costs, our health, and safety.
These are just the basics. Here are more reasons to regularly change your filter.

Consequences

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the top five environmental public health risks and indoor air quality is among them.
This comes as no surprise as most people spend most of our time indoors and “freshen up” the house with many types of air pollutants. These chemicals can range from a mix of air fresheners to cleaning products and they risk polluting our homes without adequate filtration.
If you don’t change your filter you risk:
Higher energy bills
The blower fan must work harder to release air and can potentially wear down.
Improper air distribution/circulation
This is another financial concern if the HVAC’s temperature sensors aren’t registering the temperature that signals the system to power down or turns on/off. It puts stress on your motor, costs you more, and makes you uncomfortable.
Your system heating or freezing up
The cooled or heated air is unable to travel the furnace, heat pump, or AC as easily and although you’re paying the same amount for oil or gas you don’t get a change in indoor temperature.
More materials on the air filter meaning more room for moisture
Moisture is a breeding ground for mold to cultivate and form colonies. If enabled to grow it can create a barrier for proper circulation. They can also increase the level of pollutants in the air and cause system damage depending how much and how far they grow.
Particles settling in ducts and household surfaces
Since the air isn’t properly circulating, what would usually be filtered gets carried out. Now you have duct cleaning to worry about when it’s so much simpler to change your filter.

Benefits

The negative presents different problems, but here is what you can gain from replacing your air filter.
Extended HVAC unit life
The most common reasons for system breakdowns are unchanged air filters. The best possible outcome is repair work, but in the worst, it’s time for replacing. When the filter is replaced you get the most out of your system and it’s easy to do. Your equipment doesn’t have clogging and there is lower risk for damage to your ducts and compressor.
Great efficiency/lower energy costs
Your system works at a great speed and quality and you can save 5-15% on energy costs.
Healthier air quality
The air is cleaner so it’s safer for those prone to allergies or asthma.
Heating and cooling systems are maintained
Early system failure will be prevented as the dirt and dust won’t be building up in the system.

Changing It

Changing your air filter is a simple decision that can impact you in multiple ways. Being aware of when to change it is also important. Typically, it’s best to change it every month or two, especially if you have pets.
Air filters are usually inexpensive and don’t require professional assistance. Most of the time you just slide out the old one and place in the new one.
To check the size of your filter you can find the unit’s minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) range your unit falls into. A high MERV can be too tight or too much and can consequently result in something like a clogged filter even after changing, so it’s important to choose the right size.
For any questions regarding finding the MERV the number for Vital AC is 800-825-2609.

Reduce A/C Bill

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How To Reduce My A/C Bill

As homeowners we’re always looking for ways to not only live greener, but to cut costs. The US Energy Information Agency estimates that cooling accounts for 6.2% of average annual energy use in the US, but there are regional differences, for example in Florida where air conditioning is a necessity, that number rises to 18%!
Even with today’s newer energy efficient air conditioning units, cooling is still a significant annual cost for most families. Here are some tips and tricks to help you reduce your cooling costs. Some will create a noticeable difference almost immediately, while others increase savings over time. The following strategies can lower your energy consumption by 10 to 50% almost immediately!

Upgrade Your System

If your system is over 10 years old the best way to reduce your monthly bill is to invest in a new energy efficient system. Today’s technology is so efficient that it can cool a home that is 30% larger for the same cost. That means you can reduce the size of your system and lower your costs as the most efficient AC systems are correctly sized. Also, make sure to check the SEER rating. Any new system should rate SEER 13 or higher. This step alone can save 20 to 50%.
If a new system is not in your budget, have your existing system professionally serviced. Annual AC service can significantly improve the efficiency of your system and reduce energy costs by 20% or more. Service allows you to identify problems before they become serious and provides long-term benefits like increasing your unit’s lifespan. Make sure your technician checks refrigerant levels, the evaporator coil, compressor and condenser.

Install A Programmable Thermostat

Energy Star recommends installing a programmable thermostat to help reduce energy use. With a programmable thermostat, you can raise the temperature when you are out of the house reducing energy consumption, and program it to cool the house before you arrive home at night. This can reduce your bill up to 10%.

Regularly Replace Air Filters

For about $10 every couple of months, you can reduce your energy costs by up to 15% simply by changing your system’s air filters. Clogged filters can reduce your systems efficiency significantly and increase energy use.

Use Fans to Supplement your AC

Using fans to circulate cooled air in your home allows you to turn up the thermostat by about 4 degrees. Our bodies feel cooler when there is less moisture in the air and your AC system removes humidity. Fans use much less energy than your AC and can help to circulate the air making your home feel more comfortable. Just remember to turn fans off when you leave the room. This strategy alone can reduce energy use by up to 12%!

Improve Plantings Around Your Home

Heat accumulates in your home due to the sun shining on your roof and through the windows and heating the house directly. Planting leafy trees around the exterior of your home can not only improve your curb appeal, it can shade your home and cool it as well. This is a long-term approach, but it can improve your AC’s efficiency by 10% according to the Department of Energy. Couple this with using solar screens (mesh screens that intercept up to 70% of the sun’s energy) or window tinting, which reflects solar rays, and you can increase your savings up to 20%!
Simple changes add up! Implementing some of these tips can significantly decrease your energy use saving your big money over time! Speak with your air conditioning professional to learn even more ways to improve efficiency.

Thermostat Programming & Recycling Tips for Winter

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There’s no denying it — colder temperatures are arriving throughout the country. It’s time to change your programmable thermostat settings to account for the changing seasons. Make the most of your thermostat this season by incorporating settings that will optimize your heating system efficiency.
Setting your programmable thermostat for winter will keep your family comfortable without adjusting temperatures manually. Take the time to program your thermostat to reduce the temptation to touch it, cranking temperatures up and forgetting about it, which raises your heating bills. Overriding your settings regularly will keep your programmable thermostat from helping your family reduce energy use, defeating one of its main purposes.

Use Efficient Settings When at Home

Set your thermostat for 68° for the hours your home will be occupied. 68° has been found to be the most energy efficient set point for heating use in most cases. At this temperature, your indoor spaces will still feel warm and you’ll save money compared to raising your thermostat’s settings into the 70s.

Set Back for Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy advises that setting back your thermostat 10° to 15° for 8 or more hours will help you save as much as 15 percent on your heating bills this season. It’s easy to apply these settings during the work or school day, when the home will be unoccupied. If you arrive home around the same time each day, schedule your thermostat to return to occupied heating temperatures about 15 minutes before you arrive home, and your house will be comfortable when you return.
While you sleep is another ideal time to set back your thermostat to achieve these savings. When you are asleep, you aren’t likely to notice the change in temperature. If you find that you are sensitive to colder indoor temperatures at night, use an extra blanket on the bed to keep comfortable without using more energy. Adjust your thermostat settings to raise your indoor temperature about 15 minutes before you wake so the house will be comfortable as you get ready for the day.

Rather purchase a smart thermostat and not worry about manually adjusting temperatures?

Here’s how to safely get rid of your old thermostat.
Environmentally friendly products and services have taken on a significant role in the HVAC world over the last several years, and thermostat recycling is near the top of the list. As consumers have become more environmentally conscious, looking for ways to lower their energy consumption, much of our industry’s environmentally friendly focus is placed on energy savings – but that’s certainly not the only way we work to protect the environment!
Contractors and distributors throughout the country recycle thermostats to keep dangerous mercury from contaminating our Earth. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation is the organization that makes it happen for us.

About mercury thermostats

Scottish chemist Andrew Ure invented the modern bi-metallic thermostat in the 1830s. His concept was used by thermostat manufacturers for over a century, leading to those iconic round or square metallic thermostats you probably remember from your childhood!
Bi-metallic thermostats utilized long metal strips which would expand at differing rates, as different metals were used. They also contained a mercury bulb; when the bulb came in contact with the strips, it the mercury inside would move to the other end of the tube, causing the thermostat to switch over.

Mercury – a danger to you & the environment

Many people are exposed to mercury through the environment. When mercury is released into the environment, it is turned into methylmercury by bacteria, and will bioaccumulate in shellfish and fish. Contact with elemental mercury is also hazardous, and typically occurs when working with mercury and products which produce it, such as in industrial environments and coal-burning facilities.
According to the World Health Organization, mercury exposure is a major public health concern. Methylmercury exposure while in utero can impair neurological development in children, affecting language, memory, cognitive thinking, fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, and attention. Mercury exposure in children and adults can result in neurological and behavioral issues, kidney toxicity, digestive tract issues, and lung issues. It can be fatal if inhaled or ingested.

New thermostat options

These older thermostats do contain mercury, but that doesn’t mean you have to run out and replace it right away if you have one in use still – though you may want to because new programmable and smart thermostats are a really useful tool when it comes to helping you save energy and better control your HVAC systems.
While mercury thermostat technology was the standard for decades, these thermostats are being phased out in favor of environmentally friendly and more effective models, such as electronic programmable thermostats. Mercury thermostats are manual thermostats, meaning you’ll have to adjust it yourself every time you wish to change the temperature inside your home.

Mercury thermostats – handle with care

A mercury thermostat holds 3 to 12 grams of elemental mercury – it’s typically the largest source of mercury in homes. The mercury within a thermostat is much like the materials inside a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) – it’s safe as long as it’s contained.
When mercury thermostats are discarded with everyday trash, it is likely that the mercury bulb within the thermostat will bust at some point, and the mercury will escape. When the mercury from an old thermostat is no longer contained, it becomes a dangerous hazard to the environment.

Thermostat recycling – did you know…

1. Mercury cannot be destroyed – but it can be recycled and reused.
2. Recycling mercury thermostats can be expensive because they are considered hazardous waste; the expense can lead to their illegal disposal, or lack of disposal.
3. In thirteen states, mercury thermostats cannot be thrown out with your regular trash. HVAC contractors are required by law to recycle all mercury thermostats they remove.
4. In eight states, mercury thermostats are banned from being installed.

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing simple, free solutions for recycling mercury thermostats. Supported and funded by members of the HVAC industry, the organization’s goal is to protect the environment by keeping mercury out of waste.
Founded in 1998 by three major thermostat manufacturers, the program has experienced widespread growth, allowing more to benefit from their efforts. Today, 29 manufacturers support their initiative, and more than 2.1 million mercury thermostats have been collected through the thermostat recycling program – the program has kept 10 tons of mercury out of the world’s waste stream.

How the program works

TRC has made recycling old mercury thermostats simple for all HVAC contractors. There are over 3,600 collection points across 48 states where these thermostats can be dropped off for safe and proper recycling; in fact, nine states require HVAC wholesalers to act as collection points for thermostat recycling. Contractors are also able to sign up to serve as their own collection point; TRC provides these participants with the supplies needed to safely shipped for recycling.

Good for Contractors & Consumers

Mercury spills are extremely expensive to clean up – costing as much as $300,000 for one incident! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency legally rules over all mercury releases, and has the power to compel responsible parties to take action and/or pay for the cleanup. Neither HVAC contractors or homeowners want to be on the hook for such a serious issue with a steep financial impact.
TRC is good for contractors and consumers, as they provide a reliable, safe, and affordable means to dispose of mercury thermostats. There is little to no cost for contractors to participate in the program, which means they can offer thermostat recycling without charge. Contractors have a simple and safe way to dispose of the thermostats they collect on the job, therefore avoiding potential hazards and penalties for improper disposal. The thermostat recycling program is an added incentive contractors can pass to their customers, and a strong selling point among consumers who are looking for environmentally friendly services and solutions in the HVAC space.
Consumers benefit from the thermostat recycling program, too. The burden of properly disposing of their old mercury thermostats is eliminated, without additional fees. While TRC only offers free recycling for mercury thermostats, they do promote the recycling of other mercury-containing items through a partner environmental service company.
HVAC.com is a proud protector of the environment and strong supporter of the Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s thermostat recycling program. We encourage all HVAC.com Certified Contractors to participate in this program, for the benefit of our environment as well as all the customers we collectively serve.

Exhaust Fans

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Exhaust Fans Are Essential to Home Comfort

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Exhaust Fans Are Essential to Home Comfort
Exhaust fans in the home are very beneficial for maintaining ideal temperature and air quality. Kitchen, bathroom, or whole home systems improve ventilation, letting out the bad to better the indoor environment. Learn how they work, their benefits, and exhaust fan options for your home.

What Do Exhaust Fans Do?

Exhaust fans are used to pull excess moisture and unwanted odors out of a particular room or area. They are commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, where moisture can build up due to activities such as showering, washing, or cooking. They provide ventilation to areas, reducing chemical fume buildup and removing other contaminants that can be harmful when breathed in.

How Do Exhaust Fans Work?

Exhaust fans pull odors, fumes, and moisture from an area of the home, venting them outdoors for removal. The fan uses a motor to turn its blades, which function to pull air out of the space. The stale, humid, or contaminated air is propelled through the exhaust vent, exiting the home.
Exhaust fans operate using electricity. They can be controlled by a wall switch, or certain models are equipped with a thermostat that signals the unit to come on when certain temperatures are reached in the area.

Benefits of Exhaust Fans

Using an exhaust fan is very beneficial for the home, indoor air quality, and comfort of occupants.

    • Exhaust fans can quickly cool down areas that have become too hot from activities such as cooking or showering. Hot air is vented outdoors, reducing the temperature of the space without using the air conditioning system.
    • Exhaust fans remove excess moisture that can damage the home. Condensation from hot water use can build up on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces, leading to mold growth.
    • Exhaust fans improve indoor air quality by removing humidity, odors, and contaminants. They provide adequate ventilation for areas where these air quality-diminishing agents can build up. Stagnant air is vented out of the home, allowing conditioned air to fill the space.

Types of Exhaust Fans for Homes
There are many different models of exhaust fans available for use in homes. Exhaust fans are either vented directly to the outdoors via the unit itself or dedicated duct work, or is connected to your home’s ventilation system. Wall- and ceiling-mounted exhaust fans commonly used in bathrooms as well as range hood exhaust fans in kitchens are typically vented directly to the outdoors. Inline exhaust fans are models that connect to the home’s duct work, expelling air through the home’s existing ventilation system.

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Problems with Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans are not useful to homeowners if they are not operating properly, or are not used in the first place – the two most common issues with this equipment.

1. If the exhaust fan is not installed properly, heat and moisture may be escaping into other areas of the home. If the unit is not insulated correctly, the air pulled from interiors can be lost within the home’s attic, which can lead to moisture issues.
2. Poor installation can cause the exhaust fan to be noisy when operating. This operating noise sometimes keeps occupants from using the exhaust fan when they should be – such as when taking a long, hot shower, cleaning using chemicals, or cooking a meal on the oven or stove. Not using exhaust fans will cause moisture issues in the home, lingering odors, and poor indoor air quality.

Find an Exhaust Fan Installer Near You
Improve the comfort and air quality in your home by installing exhaust fans in key areas. A qualified HVAC contractor will identify areas in your home that need exhaust fans, help you choose equipment that best suits your needs, and provide superior installation for guarantee performance.
Find a trusted, local HVAC company today by using HVAC.com’s Contractor Directory. Enter your ZIP code to see heating and cooling professionals serving your area. Look for HVAC.com’s Certified Contractor seal to identify leading contractors in the industry who meet our high standards for workmanship and customer service.

HVAC Maintenance Checklist

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You wouldn’t drive your car 50,000 miles without changing the oil? The same logic holds true for your home comfort air conditioning system. Regular air conditioning system preventative maintenance and regular tune up is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and great performance. Pre-season maintenance is also important. It can help to avoid a system failure or stop in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bill from getting out of control.

CONDENSER OUT DOOR MACHINE

  • Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level and adjust if necessary
  • Clean dirt, leaves and debris from inside cabinet
  • Inspect base pan for restricted drain openings – remove obstructions as necessary
  • Inspect coil and cabinet – clean as needed
  • Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage – on older models lubricate as needed
  • Inspect control box, associated controls/accessories, wiring and connections. Controls may include contactors, relays, circuit boards, capacitors, sump heat and other accessories. All control box and electrical parts should be checked for wear or damage.
  • Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage

AIR HUNDLE INDOOR MACHINE

  • Inspect and clean blower assembly (includes blower housing, blower wheel and motor)
  • On older models, lubricate motor and inspect and replace fan belt if needed
  • Check combustion blower housing for lint and debris and clean as necessary
  • Inspect evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate drain lines. Clean as needed
  • Inspect for gas leaks in gas furnaces
  • Inspect burner assembly – clean and adjust as needed
  • Inspect ignition system and safety controls – clean and adjust as needed
  • Inspect heat exchanger or heating elements
  • Inspect flue system – check for proper attachment to the furnace, any dislocated sections, and for signs of corrosion. Replace if necessary.
  • Inspect control box, associated controls, wiring and connections
  • Clean or replace air filters
  • Inspect conditioned airflow system (ductwork) – check for leaks
  • Monitor system starting characteristics and capabilities
  • Listen for abnormal noise
  • Search for source of unusual odors
  • Monitor air conditioning and heat pump systems for correct refrigerant charge
  • Measure outdoor dry bulb temperature
  • Measure indoor dry and wet bulb temperature
  • Measure high and low side system pressures
  • Monitor gas furnace for correct line and manifold gas pressure – make adjustments as needed
  • Measure temperature rise and adjust airflow as needed
    Check vent system for proper operation
  • Monitor system for correct line and load volts/amps
  • Monitor system operation per manufacturer’s specifications
  • Provide system operation report and recommend repairs or replacement as necessary

NOTE: All brands recommends all maintenance and service work be performed by a professional air conditioning and heating dealer that holds the appropriate credentials to install and service air conditioning and heating equipment.

HOW CAN I GET THE MOST OUT OF MY TRANE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS?
Trane systems are designed to provide optimal efficiency and comfort. Now it’s time to do the same to your home. Here are some things you can do around the house to optimize the operation of your system, as well as the comfort inside your home.

COOLING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
Set the thermostat as high as comfort will permit.
Make sure attics are adequately ventilated to relieve heat buildup. If necessary, improve airflow by adding or enlarging vents.
When building a new house or renovating an old one, choose light-colored roof shingles to reflect more of the sun’s heat.
During moderate weather, don’t use the air conditioner unnecessarily.
Draw blinds or drapes to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day.
Install awnings over windows exposed to direct sunlight.
In the cooling season, don’t run kitchen and bath exhaust fans longer than necessary.
Don’t place lamps, TV sets or other heat-producing devices beneath a wall-mounted thermostat. Rising heat from that equipment may cause the air conditioning system to overcool your house.

HEATING & FURNACE MAINTENANCE
Locate the thermostat on an inside wall away from windows and doors.
Set the thermostat as low as comfort permits. Each degree over 68°F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
People generate heat. So lower the thermostat a degree or two when expecting a large group of guests.

INSULATION
Make sure your home is properly insulated. This is the single most important step in conserving energy. Thermal insulation should be specified in terms of thermal resistance (R-values). R-30 (10″) is recommended for ceilings, and R-11 (3-1/2”) for exterior walls and floors over unheated areas. In colder climates, consider additional insulation.
Infiltration of humid outside air is your heating and air conditioning system’s worst enemy – it could account for 15% to 30% of air conditioning energy requirements. Find the places where air can sneak into the home and plug them with caulking, weather-stripping or plastic. Also, weather-strip and caulk around all entrance doors and windows.
Cut heat transfer through your windows by 40% to 50% with double-glazing (two panes of glass separated by a sealed air space) and low-e glass.
Use wood- or metal-frame storm windows even if single-glazed windows are high quality. The extra layer of glass and the layer of still air will cut heat transfer considerably.
Install storm doors at all entrances to your house.
Keep all windows and doors closed.
Remember that by increasing the glass area, you increase the amount of heat added in summer and lost in winter.
Make sure fireplaces have tight-fitting dampers, which can be closed when the fireplace is not in use. Invest in a humidifier to conserve energy in winter. The air in your home won’t be as dry, so you stay comfortable at a lower temperature setting.

AllianceNRG Program

What Is The AllianceNRG Program

  • Flexible options 5, 10, 15, 20* year terms
  • 99% Fixed Interest Rates; Find out
  • Purchase Energy Efficient products reserving credit capacity
  • No Money Down
  • No Fico Requirement
  • NO DTI Ratio
  • No Income Requirement
  • No Prepayment Penalties
  • Paperless Process 100% Electronic Signatures
  • Twice Weekly Funding Disbursements

Not sure if PACE is the right fit for you? Ask about our unsecured options including long terms/low monthly payments and no interest programs.

What Is The AllianceNRGProgram ?
e AllianceNRG Program provides up to 100% financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
What Is PACE Financing ?
PACE is an acronym for “Property Assessed Clean Energy”. A PACE program provides financing for property owners to make qualifying improvements to their businesses or homes. The financing is repaid through a non-ad valorem assessment on the property owner’s annual property tax bill.

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How Does The AllianceNRG Program Work ?

1. Choose Your Project:
Work with an Eligible Contractor or Energy Developer to identify project(s) that are eligible for financing and that result in energy savings.

Apply For Financing:
The online application process is simple and AllianceNRG Ambassadors are available to help you. Completing the application does not obligate you to proceed with the project improvements. Your approval does not rely on your credit rating.

2. Install Projects and Get Funding:
Once your application is approved, you will execute financing documents that will result in a lien placed on your property for the amount to be financed. At this point, you may begin installation and receive funding for your project.

3. Make Payments:
You will repay the financed amount as a line item on your property taxes over the course of up to 30 years. If you sell the property, the new owner may assume the property tax payments or the loan may be prepaid as a negotiated condition of sale.

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Who Is Eligible To Receive An AllianceNRG Program Financing ?

Each State has specific requirements however in general to be eligible property owners must:

  • Be property owner of record; and their property must be located within the local authority jurisdiction.
  • Be current on property taxes and mortgage payments.
  • Not have filed for bankruptcy in the past 7 years, total timeframe requirement varies for each jurisdiction.
  • Have no liens on the property other than lender debt and property taxes/special assessments for past 3 years.
  • Mortgage debt is not in excess of 90% of property value.

What Protections Are In Place For Property Owners During The Process ?
Property owners may choose from the list of AllianceNRG Program Eligible Contractors or have their contractor apply for the Program.
The AllianceNRG Program reviews the credentials of every contractor, ensuring that each contractor is licensed and insured. In addition, the AllianceNRG Program also reviews every proposal, making sure that the proposed costs and energy savings are reasonable. All work must be permitted and inspected by a local building official. Contractors are paid only after the work has been inspected and the property owner agrees that the work has been completed.

What Qualifying Project Or Products Can Be Financed With AllianceNRGProgram ?

There are thousands of products that can be financed with the AllianceNRG Program such as :
Energy Efficiency Improvements
For example:

  • Air conditioning
  • Water heating
  • Windows and doors
  • Insulation and duct sealing
  • Lighting and controls
  • Electric vehicle charging equipment

Renewable Improvements
For example:

  • Solar photovoltaic systems
  • Solar thermal systems
  • Solar water heaters and attic fans
  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • Wind microturbines

We work with qualified general contractors and also offer some new construction installations. Our company has a genuine commitment to personalized, affordable and professional services. We operate with integrity and honesty accompanied with friendly services. Our EPA certified technicians service the entire West Palm Beach area.

Pace

PACE is an innovative financing tool that is now available to property owners in Broward
County participating cities.
There are other types of financing tools available, Broward County does not guarantee
that the PACE program is the best financing option.
It is up to YOU to make the best financial decision.

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Here are some key points to be aware of:

  • PACE is a financing program (not a rebate or grant) the property owner agrees to pay back the financed amount on their tax bill.
  • The annual property tax bill will increase. If you pay your taxes through escrow, your monthly mortgage payments will also increase.
  • There are administrative fees and interest associated with PACE financing – and those vary depending which PACE Provider you choose.
  • PACE financing is recorded against the property as a tax lien. The tax lien is in the first position, meaning that if a homeowner goes into default, the PACE Provider gets paid before any other creditors, including the lender(s) that hold the mortgage.
  • Nonpayment risks tax foreclosure and default on the homeowner’s traditional mortgage.
  • PACE liens don’t always show up on the first tax bill; it often shows up in the second tax cycle, so homeowners may find themselves in a situation of having to pay more (up to double) the first year to true up the impound account. You should call your mortgage servicer immediately if you choose PACE financing.
  • For the most part, conventional loan institutions (i.e. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) and some banks currently won’t lend on a property unless the PACE debt is settled prior to closing or refinancing.
  • No Prepayment Penalties
  • Paperless Process 100% Electronic Signatures
  • Twice Weekly Funding Disbursements
  • For more information, visit Broward.org/GoGreen and then click on PACE.

We work with qualified general contractors and also offer some new construction installations. Our company has a genuine commitment to personalized, affordable and professional services. We operate with integrity and honesty accompanied with friendly services. Our EPA certified technicians service the entire West Palm Beach area.