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energy efficiency tax creditThe tax filing deadline will be here before we know it, but before you file yours, it’s important to know that you may be eligible for a tax credit based on a recent HVAC system purchase! Because of the recent reinstatement of H.R.1865 and H.R.1158, if you had your system replaced in 2018 and 2019 with a product that is on the eligibility list, you may be able to take a tax credit (not a refund) on that purchase. The HVAC experts at Clay’s Climate Control have broken down some important tax credit information that will help you determine if your new system may be eligible.

Enjoy a Tax Credit If You’ve Improved Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Thanks to a provision in Section 25C of the Federal Tax Code, homeowners who invested in HVAC work that improves their home’s energy efficiency may be entitled to a tax credit! According to this provision, homeowners in this category would be able to claim 25C tax credits that equal 10% of the installation costs, and a maximum tax credit of $500. Plus, a higher efficiency system also means that you will enjoy long term savings on your family’s energy usage. It is important to note that this will expire on December 31, 2020.

Receive a Tax Deduction If You’ve Enhanced Your Commercial Building’s Energy Efficiency

The reinstatement of Section 179D states that commercial buildings that have enhanced their facility with energy efficient systems will be eligible for tax deductions. If you are a commercial building owner who has improved it with energy efficient savings, you won’t just be able to file for a tax deduction in this category, but you will also enjoy significant savings on your building’s operating costs!

These Provisions Will Also Benefit the Home Services Industry

While homeowners and business owners will undoubtedly be excited about these benefits, the benefits of these provisions do not stop there — they will also help create and protect the jobs of American workers! Additionally, these provisions will help lead the US to more energy independence.

While we recommend talking to your tax accountant to help determine your status of eligibility in regards to the aforementioned provisions. If you learn you are eligible — and need any purchasing paperwork from Clay’s Climate Control — please feel free to contact us! Don’t have an energy efficient system yet? Don’t worry! 2020 is an awesome time to consider purchasing new, eligible HVAC equipment, so you can take advantage of this tax credit and get a more energy efficient system installed. Call us today to get a complimentary estimate and proposal.

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HVAC contractorWhen repairs need to be made to an HVAC system, oftentimes homeowners are looking for a quick, inexpensive resolution to their problem.

Unfortunately, it can lead to hiring inexperienced, unlicensed or disreputable companies that take advantage of their customers. Knowing the warning signs of an untrustworthy HVAC technician can save you time and money and greatly reduce your chances of being scammed. If you’re tired of being duped, the professionals at Clay’s Climate Control can help! We’re sharing 4 signs to look for to know if you’re working with an untrustworthy HVAC contractor.

Labor Warranties
Oftentimes, a company who is trying to scam a customer offers no labor warranties or exceptionally long warranties or guarantees. This deal is fantastic and hard to pass up because it is not real. At Clay’s Climate Control, we offer fair and honest warranties that are clearly spelled out. We offer a one-year warranty for service parts replaced and a two-year warranty for installations.   

Unlicensed Technicians
Some companies may choose to hire inexperienced or unlicensed technicians to cut costs and save some money. The contractor who comes to your home should have two types of insurance with them—liability and worker’s compensation. Not only do these protect the worker, they protect you as the homeowner. Clay’s Climate Control is fully licensed and insured, listing all credentials—like our Master HVACR Contractor license and Home Improvement Contractor license—proudly on our website. 

Failure to Perform a Manual J Load Calculation
You expect your home’s HVAC system to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Unfortunately, many units can fail to perform these very basic functions. While there can be many things that hinder your HVAC from working properly, system size can be one that is often overlooked, but extremely detrimental. Having a professional perform a Manual J load calculation is the only way to determine the correct size unit to keep your home comfortable. We offer the manual J calculation for free during an estimate. Most contractors simply do not do them. Causing them to potentially install units that are improperly sized for the home. Ask what load calculation software they use and make sure it is ACCA-accredited.  

No References or Referrals
When looking to hire an HVAC company, ask around for references and referrals. A well-known company will often have great online reviews with positive experiences and even pictures of the company’s work. Make sure the company is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This accreditation is awarded to companies who are honest, trustworthy and fair with their business practices. Clay’s has been a member of the BBB since 2006!  

Unfortunately, there are several untrustworthy HVAC contractors and companies out there that try to scam their customers. Ditch the bad guys and let Clay’s handle it all! From heating repairs to duct work, we can help you with any of your HVAC needs. Contact us today!

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HVAC Membership gift

It may be the season to buy gifts for others, but giving yourself, your home and your wallet the gift of an HVAC membership is a gift that’s always in season! From saving money to getting priority service, the benefits of an HVAC membership are truly magical. The HVAC experts at Clay’s Climate Control are here with four reasons of why an HVAC Membership is the gift that will continue to give and give.

Enjoy Peace and Joy All Year Long

HVAC services and purchases, whether they’re expected or emergencies, can typically be stressful. When you purchase an HVAC membership, you’ll be purchasing peace of mind thanks to all of its benefits. Not only will an HVAC membership save you money on a variety of HVAC-related products and services, but it will also help melt away the scheduling, maintaining and purchasing stresses that can typically come with HVAC issues.

Shovel In the Savings on Bills, Services and Parts

Everyone loves saving money, and when you invest in an HVAC membership, you’ll save money in many different ways. For example, it can help you save money on your utility bills because your HVAC equipment will be well-maintained, and therefore, more efficient. Although not all membership plans offer the same benefits, the best ones will also provide you with reduced service charges during normal hours, overtime hours and holidays—they’ll also offer a price reduction on all parts and labor!

Jump the Line and Receive Priority Service

Food shopping lines, holiday shopping lines, HVAC service waitlist lines—no one likes waiting in line, especially when an HVAC system needs assistance ASAP! With an HVAC membership, you’ll get priority service on all of your HVAC needs. Whether it’s summer and you need your air conditioning fixed ASAP, or it’s winter and you need your heating system replaced before a big snowstorm, an HVAC membership will eliminate the waitlist line.

Feel Merry and Bright By Filling Your Wallet With Clay’s Cash

When you purchase an HVAC membership, it should always come with a perk that lets you know your HVAC company appreciates your membership. At Clay’s Climate Control, our 3C Maintenance Plan features a perk that pays you back—literally! Every time you renew your membership with us, you’ll get $50 in Clay’s Cash—this means we give you money (which can accumulate over the years) to put towards equipment replacement or indoor quality products. It’s just one way we like to say “thank you” to our amazing 3C members.

Whether your current HVAC membership isn’t everything you want it to be or you’re ready to commit to a membership for the first time, the 3C Club is the one you’ll want to join! To learn more or to enroll, contact us today!

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tankless water heatersThe colder temps are officially nipping at our noses, and with this switch in weather comes the cranking up of your heat at home. If you’re tired of dealing with an old heating system that takes forever to work, requires a lot of maintenance and drives up your utility bills, then this is the time to install a new tankless water heater. Read on to learn more!

Lower Utility Bills That’ll Warm You Right Up

Tankless water heaters are known for being more energy efficient than other heating systems, which means your utility bills will decrease in price. In fact, this type of heating system is often referred to as “on-demand” water heaters because they only heat the water in your home when you turn the hot water tap on. Thanks to these “on-demand” high-efficiency features, your system can quickly heat up when you need it to—rather than wasting gas or electricity—which will be reflected in your monthly bills.

An Extended Lifespan You’ll Want to Get Wrapped Up In

Unlike a tank water heater—which typically lasts between 5 and 10 years—tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years if they are provided with proper and consistent maintenance. Constantly having to replace a tank water heater is a headache—it also drains your wallet. So rather than replacing your current system with a new tank water heater, replace it with a tankless water heater and enjoy it for up to 20 years!

Endless Hot Water That Makes It Easy to Get Cozy

Gone are the days of running out of hot water and taking cold showers. With a tankless water heater, as soon as the hot water tap is switched on, powerful gas or electricity will kick in and instantly heat the water that runs through the coils in the unit. Thanks to this quick and efficient system, you’re quickly provided with hot water that will last as long as you want it to.

Bundle Yourself Up With the Joy of Less Maintenance

Although all HVAC equipment is best when it is properly maintained, a tankless water system requires much less maintenance than a water heater tank. Typically, water heater tanks should undergo routine maintenance every 6 months; in contrast, a tankless water heater can go approximately 4 or 5 years without maintenance. However, if you live in an area with hard water, cleaning your tankless water heater annually to remove mineral buildup is highly recommended.

Saving Space Is an Added Layer of a Benefit

Tired of your huge water heater tank taking up precious space in your home? We don’t blame you—they may be able to hold up to between 40 and 60 gallons of water, but they’re also about 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide! By installing a tankless water heater, you can still store the same amount of water, but you can do so with a system that’s a little over 2 feet tall and only 20 inches wide, giving you more space in your home to enjoy.

Ready to reap the many benefits of a tankless water heater? The team at Clay’s Climate Control is here to help! From replacement to installation to repairs, we’re here for all of your heating needs. Contact us today!

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Carbon Monoxide LeakThis is a great question, and one that requires the attention of homeowners as soon as the temperature outside drops low enough that the furnace needs to be turned on. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a furnace can pose a threat every winter. When furnaces are not properly maintained by an HVAC professional every year, there may be issues with the unit that can lead to the leaking of carbon monoxide—an invisible, odorless gas that is emitted from a damaged furnace and kills hundreds of people every year, while also making thousands sick.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance

To be sure that your furnace is working properly and is not emitting carbon monoxide, the first step is to schedule a furnace maintenance appointment with a heating expert. Once your furnace has been maintained, the next step it to make sure that you 1) have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, and 2) regularly maintain these to make sure that they are functioning properly.

Save Up to 10% a Year on Your Heating Bill

Not only will annually maintaining your furnace help you prevent a dangerous carbon monoxide leakage, but you will also enjoy the added bonus of saving up to 10% a year in your heating bill! This is because a well-maintained furnace will run more efficiently and effectively, so it won’t waste energy heating your home.

Being Proactive

Now, just because you are staying on top of your furnace’s maintenance every year does not mean that there are not other proactive steps you can take in between the yearly checkups! In addition to scheduling annual maintenance, you can also do the following:

  • Regularly replace your furnace’s filter.
  • Keep the fan compartment door tightly closed; this will prevent it from having to work overtime.
  • Look for burned or damaged wiring; using a flashlight will make this easier to see!
  • Check to see if the flue of your furnace is well-connected to the masonry or metal flue; this will keep carbon monoxide from escaping if there is a leak present.

Your furnace is there to make your home warm and cozy in the winter, not dangerous, and here at Clay’s Climate Control, we do everything we can to make sure your HVAC equipment can be easily and properly maintained—that is why we offer our 3C Maintenance Plan! If you live in Linwood, Atlantic County, or Northern Cape May County, NJ, contact the experts at Clay’s today to schedule your furnace appointment!

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CASA of Atlantic City donation
Clay’s Climate Control — the HVAC service experts of south Jersey — is excited and honored to be able to announce that they recently donated $10,000 to the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.

Although they have been donating to this organization for 5 years, this is the most sizable amount they have donated to date.

“As a business owner, there are many organizations that ask us to donate. For us, giving back to the community where we live, do business, and raise our family was always of utmost importance,” stated Jen Pierce, co-owner of Clay’s Climate Control.

After attending an event in 2015, Clay’s Climate Control learned about CASA — what they did for the children in their community and how they did not have enough funds to help every child. It was after this event that Clay’s decided to make CASA the organization they would donate to, and they began donating immediately.

As a family-owned and operated HVAC company that serves southern New Jersey, Clay’s Climate Control prides itself in making giving back to its community a top priority. Jen, along with her husband and co-owner, Clay, have 3 kids of their own, so CASA — which provides court appointed advocates to children who have been abused or neglected — has been the perfect fit for this family of five.

“Over the years, we have attended multiple events where we have listened to children who grew up in the foster system, listened to foster parents, and listened to CASA Staff and Board Members share the current priorities of CASA and their vision for the future,” Jen said. “All events caused us to feel like we needed to do more, [so] each year we increased our monetary donations.”

And increase, they have. Thanks to this year’s donation, Clay’s Climate Control was able to provide a CASA to every child in Atlantic County and Cape May County, a fact that Jen Pierce said has “warmed our hearts.”

“Our work is not done though — we want to continue to be able to provide a CASA for every child in the community for years to come,” Jen said, adding that Clay’s has committed to donating to CASA for at least another 5 years.

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Converting from electrical to gas heatingIf you recently looked at your heating bill and it made the hair on your neck stand up, or it takes forever to transform your home’s temperature from chillingly cold to comfortably cozy, then it’s time to convert your system from electrical to gas! The heating experts at Clay’s Climate Control are here with the 5 benefits you’ll enjoy with a gas conversion, and they’re so good, they may give you goosebumps (the good kind!).

Savings That Are Sweet 

Ever since the energy crisis in 2001, the price of electricity has dramatically increased, and these prices may continue to rise. Stop wasting your money on electric and start saving money by converting your heating system from electric to gas! When you make the switch, you (and your wallet) will enjoy savings up to 70%—pretty sweet deal, right?

Efficiency That is Scary Good

Like most HVAC equipment, the efficiency levels will vary from system to system. With that being said, any gas system will be more efficient than electric. Plus, almost every new gas furnace that is made is typically up to 98% efficient, which will help make your monthly heating bills significantly lower.

Comfort and Reliability Levels That Are a Treat 

Unlike with electric systems, gas systems are able to provide warm air at a register that is drastically warmer than your body’s heat—in fact, its register is at 110+ degrees. This means that a gas furnace is able to quickly change your home from cold to cozy! Plus, you’ll enjoy the added bonus of being able to use your gas furnace when the power goes out, so you can comfortably weather any storm.

Environmental Benefits That Will Lift Your Spirits

By converting your heating system to natural gas, you won’t just be improving your home—you’ll also be making a positive difference in the environment! Not only is natural gas a cleaner burning fuel than oil, but it is also cleaner than electricity and wood. So when you convert your system to gas, you’ll be decreasing your impact on the environment AND reducing the demand for electricity.

A Dressed Up Home That Will Increase in Value 

When a person is in the market for a new home, they will typically look for a home that is capable of being heated (quickly) to a comfortable level, without the high heating bills! And the only way they’ll get this is if a home is equipped with a gas furnace. If you’re looking to increase the value of your home—and gain the many benefits of gas—then schedule your gas conversion appointment today!

Are you ready to enjoy the treat of a gas furnace? We don’t blame you! And as the service experts of south Jersey, we’ll make your sure converting your system is anything but scary. So if you live in south Jersey, contact us today and treat yourself—and your home—by scheduling a gas conversion appointment!

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typical day for hvac techniciansWhether you’re a Clay’s Climate Control customer who’s curious about what your awesome HVAC technician’s day looks like, or you’re considering a career in the HVAC industry, the Clay’s team is here to give you some insight. Here’s what a typical day looks like for the HVAC technicians here at Clay’s!

Get Downloaded on the Daily Appointments

Before any HVAC service is provided, most technicians start their day at headquarters, which is where they’ll learn about the appointments they have for the day. Not only are they downloaded on the jobs they’ll be doing that day, but they’ll also gather all of the tools they’ll need for each one; some appointments will be completely quickly, while others may take longer.

No Day Is Ever the Same

HVAC isn’t just seasonal—meaning that the types of tasks HVAC techs complete on the daily don’t just change from winter to summer—everyday is different! Some days consist of several heating repair appointments and boiler replacements; others may have gas conversion jobs and ductless system installations. While you may not know what the day-to-day will look like, one thing is for sure: an HVAC career is anything but boring!

HVAC Appointments Can Heat Up at Any Time

Unlike an office job which is roughly 9-5, or a construction job which typically has set hours, HVAC techs often have a unique work schedule. Because we respond to HVAC emergency calls 24/7, our HVAC technicians may start early in the morning or provide services later in the evening. In contrast, if you are a tech at a construction-like type HVAC company, your hours will be more consistent.

Whether you are in need of HVAC services from highly-trained technicians, or you are looking for a job in HVAC, Clay’s Climate Control is here for you! Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or visit our website to apply for one of our HVAC positions.

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Become an HVAC TechnicianA job in HVAC is rewarding, lucrative, and secure, and yet, there are many openings in this industry for both men and women. Although there are certain traits that separate awesome HVAC technicians from average ones, if you’re willing to put in the time to learn and grow, you can enjoy an amazing career in the HVAC industry. Take it from someone who has been in the industry for over 20 years: Clay Pierce, the co-owner of Clay’s Climate Control, is here to tell you four reasons why you should become an HVAC technician.

A New Career Can Be Ignited in a Short Period of Time

If you’re looking to change your career, the thought of having to go back to school to earn a 2 or 4-year degree may be holding you back. However, when you choose a career in HVAC, in as little as 7 months of training, you can be on your way to a new, exciting career! Plus, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge you need to start your career as an installation mechanic, service technician, maintenance technician, or parts runner.

Job Growth Can Occur at a Rapid Rate

When you’re looking to transition into a new career, you don’t want to begin one in an industry that’s stagnant—you want to begin one in an industry that’s been growing, and will continue to grow, rapidly! Luckily, the HVAC industry has been growing at a rapid rate for a long time, and it shows no sign of stopping. In fact, it’s predicted to grow 13% from 2018-2028, so don’t miss out—apply for an HVAC job today!

Enjoy the Perk of Being Able to Advance Your Career

Unlike some careers which can start—and stop—at entry level, an HVAC career has endless opportunities for advancement. Even though you may start as an apprentice, if you invest in additional training courses, gain new experience, and obtain certifications, you will have the ability to grow your HVAC career.

Be Involved in an Industry That Helps Improve Lives

Many people don’t just strive to have a career that makes their life better, but that also makes the lives of others better, and when you opt for an HVAC career, you can do both. Because everyone deserves to have a comfortable living and working environment.

Are you ready to begin a career in the HVAC industry? Don’t just join any team, join a team that is known for providing its employees with the training they need to succeed and a healthy, happy work environment—join the Clay’s Climate Control team! Visit our website to see our current job openings, or click here to apply to a job today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Condenser CoverAs the temperature drops outside, so does the amount that you need to use your air conditioner, and before you know it, your outdoor AC unit will be retired for the season. But because the east coast can get slammed by strong winds, storms and hurricanes it can damage your unit. To ensure your outdoor AC unit can spring back to life when you need it to, the AC experts at Clay’s Climate Control have come up with 4 ways that a condenser cover will benefit your air conditioning equipment.

Avoid Salt Water Wreaking Havoc

If your home is located near a beach, a condenser cover is crucial for protecting the condition of your air conditioning unit. Because saltwater can corrode metal, your HVAC equipment may age faster if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Luckily, a condenser cover will keep the highly corrosive salty air out of your unit, which will help keep its condition healthy, increase its life expectancy and its overall efficiency.

Prevent Damage From Debris

From leaves to twigs to roofing shingles, debris can fall at any moment. By having your air conditioning unit protected by a condenser cover, you will be keeping it safe from the unpredictable elements and help prolong its life.

Keep It Safe When Ice Falls Off Your Roof

Icicles that form on your roof may look beautiful, but if they fall onto an uncovered AC unit, they can cause serious harm. Not only can falling ice affect the exterior of your AC equipment, but it may even damage its coil fins, fan motor, and fan blades, making for an expensive repair when the warmer weather is back in season.

But Before You Cover, Clean It

Over time, your outdoor air conditioning gets covered by salt, sand, debris, and a variety of other elements. Because of this, it is extremely important to thoroughly clean your unit prior to covering it. By washing your unit off with water—and letting it air dry for approximately one day—before covering it with a condenser cover, you can be sure that your AC unit will be in a quality condition when you uncover it in the future.

Ready to protect your air conditioning unit? Contact Clay’s Climate Control today! Not only do we provide high-quality and reliable HVAC services, but we’re also offering a limited-time special for our condenser cover services, so you can save your unit’s well-being AND your wallet. Contact us today!