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Claiming Tax Credit For a Goodman Central AC or Heat Pump

Although general conditions are changing, the current government standards that permit tax credit for Central Air Conditioners (CACs) or Heat Pumps will remain in effect until December 31 of 2013. This tax credit stands good for select energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, including certain Goodman central AC units and heat pumps. The tax credit applies to select packaged units as well as select split-system units.

Goodman SSZ16 Heat Pump

This is a closing window of opportunity. As the say goes, “Time marches on.” December 31st is rushing toward current homeowners with a speed that will shortly defy memory. Now is the time to upgrade, replace or install new an Goodman central AC or Heat Pump system.

To schedule an immediate Phoenix A/C installation estimate, contact American Cooling and Heating at You get courteous service, reliable system answers, professional technicians and the best pricing in the Valley.


Federal Energy Tax Credit Defined

When congress recently modified and extended the existing U.S. energy efficiency tax guidelines, they passed the American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012. Incentive components of the modified Federal Energy Tax Credit that relate to 25C heating and cooling equipment includes HVAC units used in new homes as well as units retrofitted to existing homes. Federal legislation also embraces retroactive extensions for previously established heating and cooling tax credits.

As such, Phoenix homeowners who purchase select types of Goodman Central AC equipment as well as other eligible heating, ventilation and A/C units are entitled to the benefits of the tax credit program. Note: The tax credit is not limited to air conditioning equipment. However, A/C installation is one of the more costly energy-related home improvement projects.

The new tax credit legislation remains in effect from January 1, 2012 to December 31. Five hundred dollars is established as the cumulative cap or maximum tax credit.

Geothermal tax credits are also components of the Federal Tax Credit program, but this article limits itself to American Cooling and Heating installed Arizona Central Air Conditioning systems and American Cooling and Heating installed Arizona Heat Pump systems. When referring to Phoenix Arizona, we include all regional towns and cities that are serviced by the AC&H maintenance, repair and A/C installation teams, including:

Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Ahwatukee, Biltmore, Cave Creek, Carefree, Chandler, Desert Foothills, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Gold Canyon, Goodyear, Higley, Litchfield Park, Luke AFB, Mesa, New River, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Wadell, Youngtown and other areas within the greater Phoenix Arizona Metro.

How To Get Your Tax Credit For An AC&H Installed Phoenix A/C System

Before addressing tax credit details specific to AC&H installed Goodman centeral AC or heat pump units, you need to understand the general principles of how to apply for a 25C Air Conditioning tax credit. A few basic rules apply:

  • The installed unit must meet precise energy efficiency standards
  • The filling papers must include a copy of the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement (MCS) for the equipment in use
  • The credit is limited to $500 maximum or 10-percent of the A/C installation costs, whichever is the less of the two
  • The unit must be installed in your principle residences between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013
  • The IRS directs residential taxpayers to apply using Form 5695
  • Wise consumers will consult with a tax professional before filing the claim.

When Arizona-based American Cooling and Heating installs your qualifying Goodman heating and cooling system, or any other qualifying brand name system such as Carrier, Trane or Rheem, you will receive the necessary Manufacturer’s Certification Statement. AC&H customer support also includes a detailed unit service manual, a list of system operations and system maintenance routines, and hands-on instructions for thermostat management and setup.

American Cooling and Heating installs the following federal tax credit qualified residential Goodman central AC heating and cooling products:

  • Split system A/C systems that meet efficiency levels for both 16 SEER and 13 EER
  • Split system Heat Pump units that meet efficiency levels of 15 SEER, 12.5 EER and 8.5 HSPF
  • Packaged Goodman air conditioning, heat pump or dual fuel products that meet efficiency levels of 14 SEER, 12 EER and 8 HSPF.

Your AC&H Phoenix A/C installation sales representative will advise you of product specifics, Goodman “EcoRebates” and the government synopsis of eligible Energy Star Goodman products.

But remember…

Timing is essential to tax credit eligibility. In order for you to claim an existing A/C tax credit, the system must be installed for use in your principal residence before the closing hours of December 31, 2013. So Call Now. The American Cooling and Heating staff is on-hand 24/7/365.


The above information is established as a generic guideline and does not represent professional tax advice. Do not claim any tax credits without first consulting with a professional tax preparation service.

Monsoon Safety – Phoenix AC Installation Tips For Dealing With The Severity of Arizona Weather Phenomenon

Phoenix AC Installation Designed to Promote Monsoon Safety

ACH Trane Air Conditioner SaleIt’s mid-week in the Arizona Monsoon Awareness Program. Area homeowners and business owners are keenly aware of the dangers associated with this serious Arizona weather phenomenon, but perhaps some don’t know exactly how to respond to the threats. American Cooling and Heating has geared up to help handle the increased demand for Gilbert AC repairs, new Scottsdale Air Conditioning installations, and all the other compounded AC service calls passing through the Phoenix area.

If you need emergency AC installation or Heat Pump repair anywhere from Chandler up to Peoria or from Scottsdale down to Buckeye, AC&H is on hand to provide immediate Air Conditioning Repairs or Air Conditioning Replacement on all major brands. American Cooling and Heating service trucks are fully stocked with components for Amana, Carrier, Goodman, Lennox, Rheem, Trane and others. The courteous AC&H technicians can correct Heat Pump problems, AC systems and furnace units. Call for an immediate appointment.

Arizona Air Conditioning Only One Component in Monsoon Safety Considerations

The Phoenix based American Cooling and Heating Website site is more than a mere sales tool to a for-profit Arizona Air Conditioning service center. The company strives to provide pertinent information relevant to current Valley Metro residents and businesses.

Dealing with the severity of Arizona weather phenomenon requires awareness of the total issue and not merely those components that are associated with Phoenix AC repairs. The following Monsoon safety tips will help you protect your family during the current Arizona Monsoon season.

Dust Storms

Linked to Microbursts, dust storms (haboobs) can kill. Never drive in a haboob. There are no reduced visibility options. If you get caught in a dust storm: 

  • Park the vehicle off the road
  • Turn off your headlights
  • Leave the vehicle in park and avoid putting your foot on the brake pedal.
  • Stay in the vehicle.
  • Do not move until the storm is passed. 

Flash Flooding

Understand the danger of moving water. Flash floods rank as the number one thunderstorm-associated killer. More often than not, the deaths occur in vehicles. Even water depths less than two feet can carry your truck or car into disaster. When flash flood warnings are in effect: 

  • Avoid entering moving water.
  • Keep close watch over young children. During thunderstorms, it only takes moments for a creek or a wash to turn deadly.
  • When traveling at night, avoid roads that are known for flooding. Darkness hinders your ability to judge water depth and road conditions. 

Wind – The Microbursts

Thunderstorms often produce sudden thrusts of downward air gusts, commonly called “downburst winds,” but technically identified as Microbursts. The force of a Microburst can exceed 100 mph. The danger to person and property is sudden, extensive and possibly deadly. Clouds of ground level dust may accompany the Microburst.

For safety during Monsoon thunderstorms: 

  • Get inside a sturdy structure
  • Avoid windows and glass doors
  • Use a battery operated radio to keep track of current news. 


According to the Arizona Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), heat related fatalities in the area are on the rise. In 2011, 206 U.S. citizens died as a result of extreme heat. This is 68 more heat related deaths than what occurred in 2010, and it is almost double the preceding ten year average.

The Arizona DPHS describes AZ heat as “more than a nuisance – it is lethal.” Authorities define heat as the nation’s number one weather-related killer. Recognize the threat and take appropriate defensive actions.

Here is how to survive the intense Arizona Monsoon temperatures: 

  • Restrict outdoor projects to the cooler hours of the day either mornings or evenings
  • Wear clothing suitable for extreme heat conditions
  • Take breaks, often and then more often
  • Take advantage of any nearby Air Conditioned structures
  • Drink water, in excess of all that you think you need
  • Keep an eye on the elderly, the young and people with known health conditions
  • Never leave children, pets or any other living creature in a vehicle that lacks adequate ventilation and/or functional air conditioning.
  • If you or someone with you experiences heat stroke — Call for emergency assistance. 

Home AC Installation Experts – American Cooling and Heating

American Cooling and Heating provides Valley wide residential, commercial and industrial Phoenix Air Conditioning services. Company technicians and AC repair experts are proficient in all types of cooling, heating, heat pumps, furnaces, air handlers, refrigeration and HVAC equipment. Current specials include reduced pricing on Trane AC systems throughout Gilbert, Scottsdale, Mesa and other Phoenix areas.

Call Now To Find Out What’s On Sale And For Immediate Pricing Or For A FREE In Home Estimate!

Please Call For Pricing For Your Specific Requirements. AC&H provides all types of Air Conditioning Equipment and Systems to Arizona. Stocked HVAC Equipment ranges from SEER Ratings of 13 SEER up to 27 SEER. AC&H is also APS Qualified and SRP Qualified. Factory Rebates and Tax Incentives may be available for select Air Conditioning Products and Systems.

Montreal Protocol – How The Restriction of R22 Refrigerant Affects Your Phoenix AC Service Needs

As an environmentally conscious Phoenix AC installation center, American Cooling and Heating keeps close tabs on programs designed to provide critical ozone layer protection. This makes compliance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer a significant component of the AC&H Glendale, Gilbert and other Phoenix area air conditioning services.


A Hole in the Ozone


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can harm the earth and the life thereon. However, the dangers are limited by a high-altitude air-shield created as a natural protective resource for life and the abundance thereof on this tiny planet. Technically identified as the stratospheric ozone layer, this air-shield is susceptible to damage due to manufactured human waste products.    


Identified by some scientists, including Nobel prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen, as a hole in the atmosphere that “marks the worst disaster to hit global environment,” the depletion of the ozone layer is a direct result of man-made chemicals. The initial problem became evident during the mid-1970s. Something was changing, and as scientists began to study the events they noticed that the thickness of the Earth’s ozone layer was decreasing. Additional studies followed. Soon after, plans for correcting the problem began to take shape.


A Multi-Nation Solution to AC Refrigerant and Other ODS Complications


In September of 1985, major changes concerning global efforts to control depletion of the earth’s ozone layer began to take place. Naming a September 16 meeting of the United Nations as the International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, a host of nations came together for the purpose of establishing precise goals for the healing of the hole in the sky.


In September of 1987, the international community came together and signed into effect a joint ozone protection agreement defined as the Montreal Protocol. This established the foundation for precise measures established to ensure the protection of the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer. As of 2013, 191 countries have participated in meeting the stipulations of the Protocol. By signing the agreement, these nations have committed to the process of phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting chemicals.


Hailed among the most successful international treaties ever crafted, the Montreal Protocol extends beyond the original meeting goals by prompting multiple nations to come together as one cooperative entity capable of resolving major environmental issues. In recognition of the significance of this achievement, countries around the world typically assemble to celebrate the signing of the Montreal Protocol.


U.S. Responses to the Terms of the Montreal Protocol


The current U.S. EPA response to the Montreal Protocol reflects a sustained and renewed commitment toward U.S. implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. The history of associated U.S. regulations begins with the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) – modified ‘98 to provide additional provisions and deadlines concerning protection of the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer.


CAA Amendments define the EPA’s involvement in the development and enforcement of national regulations dedicated to managing ozone-depleting substances (ODS) within U.S. borders. The legal framework of the process is fully defined in Title VI of the CAA instruction codes. As of 2013, the U.S. has met, exceeded and even accelerated the deadline dates as projected under the provisions of the Protocol as well as the CCA instructions.


In summary, the U.S. regulatory program establishes the following goals:


  • Flexible Allowance System – The initial program for the reduction of ODS production and import.
  • Regulated Reclamation and Recycling – A program that ensures emission control of AC refrigerants and other ODS products.
  • Alternative Refrigerant Solutions – The Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) establishes a means for introducing and gaining approval of alternatives to ODS products. Current better than 300 alternative solutions have been approved for consumer and commercial use. The EPA has also approved over 60 industrial alternative products.
  • Forced Management – EPA preventive regulations now ban the release of ozone-depleting refrigerants. During service, maintenance or replacement of AC products, professional air conditioning service centers must collect and properly dispose of all ODS refrigerant fluids. The controls include the management of any form of refrigeration equipment.
  • Product Labeling – New regulations ensure that manufacturers correctly label and product that contains harmful ODS materials.
  • Exemptions – When immediate full-scale alternative ODS products are not yet available the EPA grants temporary product exemptions. The primary list of exempt items includes: CFCs used in medical inhalers, essential fumigant methyl bromide projects and managed ODS inventories awaiting destruction.


The following chart reveals the current and projected status of the U.S. ODS phase-out program:


US ODS Phase Out Schedule


Phoenix AC Installation and the Effects of the Montreal Protocol 


The R22 phase out is already in effect. The year 2020 will bring about cease in the production of R22 refrigerant. In 2010, a ban against the production of new air conditioning equipment requiring R22 refrigerant became law. U.S. homeowners and business owners, including those in Glendale, Scottsdale and other Phoenix areas, will not be forced to upgrade their existing equipment. The refrigerant will remain available for another seven years. However, the cost will continue to rise due to an increase in demand and a decrease in supply.


As a professional Phoenix AC installation and service professional, the team at American Cooling and Heating can help you measure the value of retaining your existing air conditioning systems for yet a few more seasons against the value of investing in a new, environmentally friendly and energy efficient ac unit.


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Central AC Comparisons Are Not The Most Important Component of Air Conditioning Your Phoenix Home

Guaranteed AC SatisficationBefore pricing a new air conditioning system for your home or business, your Glendale AC Installation specialists must perform three primary steps. First, he or she will visit your site, take measurements concerning heating and cooling floor space, and then examine the current condition of your HVAC ductwork and structural layout. Second, he or she will discuss with you the specifics of AC installation, your expectations concerning enhanced indoor air quality, and any possibilities concerning future structural expansions. Lastly, your Phoenix area heating and air conditioning professional will get down to system specifics.

Measuring Central AC Performance

Aside from personal experience, no company can specifically class one brand of central cooling system as better than another. Amana, Carrier, Goodman, Rheem or Trane all provide quality heating and cooling products in both mid-range and high-performance categories. These same companies also provide enhanced units regulated by more energy-efficient control systems, advanced air-filtration systems and customized AC technology.

The performance of any local central air conditioning system is enhanced or hindered by: 

  • The size and structural condition of your home or business
  • The state-of-maintenance and sizing of existing ductwork
  • The climate in and around Phoenix
  • And any additional loads that may come to bear upon the unit.  

This makes accurate comparative AC testing nearly impossible. Each situation must be assessed according to site-specific conditions.

Green Living AC Comparisons

Some AC comparison issues focus on green living. As a recognized performance-efficiency Phoenix AC repair and installation expert, your American Cooling and Heating representative may also suggest certain central air models based upon current Green Building Resource Guides. But you must remember that too great a focus on energy efficient central air systems can reflect the same consequences as a hybrid car. Without the proper balance of all components of the problem, going “super” green may actually cause you to lose money.

It’s really quiet simple: If replacing an older and less efficient AC, you come out a saver. Yet upgrading merely for the sake of going green is not necessarily a winning situation. The U.S. government provides access to SEER (Seasonal Energy-Efficiency Rating) for all makes and models of central air conditioning systems. This makes for a reliable comparative indicator of expected service and efficiency. But this addresses the expectations of the unit rather than the overall specific benefits to the homeowner or the business owner. 

Reputable AC Installation Centers 

Hiring a reputable Glendale air conditioning installation specialist proves to be the best path to selecting a reliable, energy-efficient and dependable central air system. This does not mean that your Phoenix area American Cooling and Heating representative would avoid suggesting a particular brand as the ideal solution for your home or business. A current model of Carrier may offer some minor distinctions that make it a bit more “perfect” for your individual heating and cooling needs. Likewise, Amana may, at the moment of discussion, offer better pricing than a comparable Trane AC system. Or perhaps the current Trane warranty provides a temporary bonus over Carrier. Informing you of such details is the job and the duty of your AC&H service professional.

So how do you compare Phoenix air conditioning service centers? Look for one that provides free estimates, arrives on time and knows the answers to the following questions: 

  • Can I save any money by upgrading the insulation in my home or office?
  • How can I benefit from the present Congressional “fiscal cliff” tax credits?
  • Why are some of your service prices higher or lower than other estimates I have received?
  • Am I comparing apples to apples?
  • What is the CAZ test and how does it affect the efficiency of my central heating and cooling system?
  • Which air filter is best for my purposed system?
  • What does the new “Regional Standards” concept have to do with my cooling expenses?
  • Should I be worried about formicary corrosion?
  • What does ASHRAE Standard 62.2 have to do with indoor air quality and does it pertain to me?
  • What does Testing and Balancing have to do with installing air conditioning systems?
  • Should I be concerned about carbon monoxide?
  • Does air filtration really make a difference?
  • Why is moisture control so important to the cost of heating and cooling?
  • Do I need to worry about any mold issues?
  • Does preventive maintenance really increase my savings, and do you offer a preventive maintenance program?
  • After the install, what can I do to help reduce the energy costs without loosing comfort?
  • Why are you suggesting this particular brand, model and SEER rating?

Quality installation is even more important than the quality of the installed AC unit. Rather than being associated with defective components and short-lived parts, most early-life problems with air conditioning systems can be directly back-traced to shoddy installation workmanship. Before buying your Phoenix central air system, contract a skilled and experienced contractor, one who really cares about reputation and customer service. Contact American Cooling and Heating.



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