According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) there are roughly 90% of existing homes that are under insulated. That means that you have a 9/10 chance your home is under insulated as well. These homes are wasting energy, wasting money, uncomfortable and in need of some serious insulation. Low attic insulation sets home owners up for a losing battle during the heat in the summer and cold in the winter. This is where we can help.
Our highly trained professional consultants, experts, and installers can assess your insulation needs and give you the best options available to turn your home into the most efficient, comfortable, and cleanest home on the block.
Reduce heating and cooling cost by 20-50%
Improve energy efficiency
Extended service life of air conditioner and furnace (they won't have to work nearly as hard)
Smaller carbon footprint
Add resale value to your home
Improve overall home comfort
Small penetrations in your home’s ceiling, walls and floors all reduce your home’s indoor air quality, reduce the effectiveness of your insulation, and contribute to wasting more energy and money. Our skilled technicians will find and seal these penetrations so you can start enjoying the benefits of having your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
Main things we look for in the attic to seal up are around pipes, holes (from electrical wires), duct boots, outlets and top plates. We use an expandable foam to seal up off all of these hard to get penetrations.
Improves the indoor air quality by keeping allergens, dust, and air pollutants out
Makes insulation more effective
Reduces exposure to moisture in your home preventing mold
Improves comfort through reducing drafty areas
Cut heating and cooling cost up to 30%
Attic ventilation is one of the most important things that you need to consider when you think about re-insulating your attic. An improperly ventilated attic will cause excessive amounts of radiant heat to build up which makes cooling your home down in the summer a losing battle. In the winter an improperly ventilated attic will cause moisture and mold to build up in the attic. Without a properly ventilated attic it is impossible to get your attics temperature under control.
At Elevate we make sure that your attic is venting properly and breathing like it should. We do this by adding baffles to soffits vents where there are none or where the baffle is damaged and not working properly. We also do this by adding a solar attic fan to the roof. The solar attic fan is one of the best ways to exhaust out all the compounding heat that builds up in the summer and get rid of unwanted moisture from the winter months. The solar attic fan not only helps the attic vent more efficiently but it cuts cost on your utility bill. The solar attic fan also qualifies for a solar tax credit which will reduce the cost of the project and make it more affordable for everyone.
Every Home has air leaks throughout the house where they are losing energy and wasting money. Our blower door test will help us to see how much energy is being lost in comparison to the size of your house. We do this by depressurizing the house and recording the number of air changes per hour. The blower door test will be performed before and after we air seal to show you the difference our air sealing has made on your home.
Health and safety of our customers is our top priority. This is why the Combustion Appliance Zone or CAZ test is so important. The CAZ test is where we put your furnace, water heater, wall/floor heater, and/or boiler under the worst case scenario to see if they are leaking Carbon Monoxide (Co) into your house. This test is to make sure that all appliances are draftings and working properly. This test is performed by professionally BPI trained technicians.
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The renewable energy tax credit allows a taxpayer to claim 26 percent of qualified expenditures for a solar system that serves a dwelling unit, owned and used by a taxpaying resident. If you are tax exempt then you cannot receive this.
The federal tax credit is a credit and not a rebate meaning you must have enough tax liability to get full use of the credit.
If the federal tax credit exceeds your tax liability in the year of installation, the remaining amount can be carried over to the succeeding taxable year.
If you have taxes held from your pay by your employer during the year, and therefore have no tax liability due at the end of the year, then your tax credit value will be issued as a refund.
Eligible expenditure includes labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and sales tax.
In order for us to properly prepare for installing the solar attic fan and not be counterproductive, by pulling heat and air from inside the home, we do the procedures to properly air-seal penetrations in the attic that lead into the home and make sure the attic can breath so the fan can circulate airflow.
To claim the 26% solar tax credit you simply complete a Form 5695 and add the results of this to your main tax return for the year in which the solar fan was installed.
Form 5695 calculates tax credits for a variety of qualified residential energy improvements. You only need to worry about line 1 being the line for solar electricity. Insert the total cost of your solar fan system, including installation, preparation work, and sales tax (Basically the cost of the project).
Example for filling out form 5695:
1.Qualified solar electric property costs..............................................................1. $5,000
2.Qualified solar water heating property costs....................................................2. $0
3.Qualified small wind energy heating property costs........................................3. $0
4.Qualified geothermal heat pump property costs..............................................4. $0
5.Add lines 1 through 4.......................................................................................5. $5,000
6.Multiply line 5 by 26% (.26)..............................................................................6. $1,500
Assuming you are not also receiving a tax credit for fuel cells installed on your property, and you aren't carrying forward any credits from last year, put the value from line 6 on line 13.
Pat yourself on the back, you're almost done! The steps above outline all you need to do to get your 26% solar tax credit! Be sure to include Form 5695 when you submit your taxes to the IRS or give the form to a CPA if you don't do your taxes yourself.
Give us a call and we'll help you fill out your form! If further help is needed, we will advise you to speak to a CPA for further questions on these tax credits for professional and legal advice.
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