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The Key to Finding a Reputable HVAC Contractor

The Key to Finding a Reputable HVAC ContractorThe search for a great HVAC contractor for your home can seem daunting, but it’s pretty simple once you know what to look for. We understand the need for proper heating, cooling, and other needs, which is why we’ve come up with a few simple questions for you to ask:

Do the Contractors Keep Up with Industry Knowledge?

We’re not talking about basic industry knowledge — they all have that. What you need to check on is how well the company keeps up with changes in technology and techniques.

What Does Their BBB Listing Look Like?

The first thing you can check out about a company on the Better Business Bureau website is their rating. This is a great indication of how they conduct business. But, also pay attention to any customer complaints and how those were handled.

Are They Properly Licensed and Bonded?

The industry is full of rules and regulations that must be followed in order for an HVAC company to remain in operation. Proof of proper licensing and bonding is always available upon request to ensure that you’re working with a reputable organization.

What Do Their Referrals Say About Them?

First and foremost, you want to obtain a random sampling by choosing a letter or two from the alphabet and asking to see referrals where the last name match those letters. Then, reach out to these people and ask about their experiences in terms of time completion, quality, and other service details.

Is Their Contract All-Inclusive?

When the time comes to employ an HVAC contractor for any job on your home, you want to make sure that the contract covers a variety of information. You’ll obviously want a company to provide a cost and timeframe for completion, but you also need to know how they’ll handle problems that may arise.

For more expert advice on selecting an HVAC contractor for your home, or any other home comfort questions, reach out to the incredible professionals at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been making homeowners happy in the North San Diego area with more than 100 years of combined experience.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Don’t Forget About Tax Credits Before the End of the Year

Don't Forget About Tax Credits Before the End of the YearThere may be only a few weeks left in 2016, but you still have time to take advantage of several federal income tax credits that are available for qualified HVAC equipment purchases. The following information gives you a brief explanation of those credits and what qualifies for them.

Tax Credit Basics

Federal income tax credits for energy efficiency are available to offset the costs of certain HVAC systems and efficiency-boosting construction. The credits can be applied directly to your income taxes. You can apply the credits to purchases made in either 2015 or 2016. Remember, the credits will expire on December 31, 2016.

Consult with your tax professional for details on limitations and applications.

Tax Credit Facts

The tax credits qualify only for an existing principal place of residence. You can’t use these credits if the equipment is purchased for a rental unit or new construction, such as for a second home. Credits range from 10 percent of the cost of the equipment, up to $500, or for a specified amount between $50 and $300.

  • Central air conditioning (both split and package systems): $300 credit.
  • Air source heat pumps (both split and package systems): $300 credit.
  • Gas, propane, or oil furnaces and fans: $150 for furnace, $50 for advanced main air circulating fan.
  • Non-solar water heaters: $300 credit.
  • Geothermal heat pumps: 30 percent credit, including installation.
  • Insulation (dot not include installation): 10 percent of cost up to $500.
  • Roofs (metal and asphalt roofs with coatings designed to reduce heat gain): 10 percent of cost.
  • Windows and doors: 10 percent of cost up to $200 for windows and $500 for doors.

State Tax Credits

Your HVAC purchase may also be eligible for state-level tax credits or efficiency incentives. Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) for California to see what qualifies.

Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning provides expert HVAC and indoor air quality services to customers in San Diego and the neighboring cities. Contact us today for more information on energy-efficiency tax credits and for the equipment you need to qualify.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Home Energy Upgrade Updates Mean More Savings for California Homeowners


Here at Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning, we love helping our clients save money whenever we can, so we’re excited to share a recent change to the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade program that increases the maximum rebate available to homeowners.

Now you can earn more than ever in rebates and incentives from SDG&E when you make energy efficient upgrades to your home.  And we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Home Upgrade Program Changes: Incentive Cap Increases

Effective April 1, 2015, through the Home Upgrade program, homeowners who are San Diego Gas & Electric customers (and other homeowners throughout California) will see changes to the program that make saving money and saving energy even easier. Continue reading “Home Energy Upgrade Updates Mean More Savings for California Homeowners” »

Remove Allergens, Odors, and Harmful Air Pollutants with a Whole-Home Air Purification System


Think of all the things you do and the products you use to try to eliminate or reduce allergens, foul odors and other contaminants in your home. If you’re like most people, you use a combination of air filters, air purifiers and chemical sprays in an attempt to improve your home’s air quality. However, a simpler and much more effective way to remove harmful contaminants, is to install a whole-home air purification system like Air Scrubber Plus®.

Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning is a licensed dealer of this system, which reduces dust, pollen, and pet dander, and removes up to 99.9% of common disease-causing bacteria and mold from the surfaces in your home. And not only airborne contaminants! This system is also effective on surface contaminants. Air Scrubber Plus’® ActivePure Technology™ effectively reduces toxins that aggravate allergy symptoms and germs that can make you sick. Continue reading “Remove Allergens, Odors, and Harmful Air Pollutants with a Whole-Home Air Purification System” »

It’s our AC Tune-Up Early Bird Special!  Get a Jump on Summer for just $49.

lennox_thermostatWith temperatures set to reach 90 this weekend, now is the time to take advantage of the Sherlock Air Early Bird Special to save on an air conditioning tune-up from your Vista HVAC company.

Why is Air Conditioner Service Smart Preventive Maintenance?

Our 25 Point Precision Air Conditioning Tune-Up gives you just the kind of preventive maintenance that you need to make sure that your air conditioner is fully functioning and ready for the warm months ahead.  Our air conditioning tune-up, developed and completed by the trained staff of our HVAC company, helps to keep your system running efficiently and reliably, no matter what the weather brings.

Preventive maintenance and quality air conditioner service at the start of the season means you reduce your risk of system breakdown when you need your A/C most.  Because the air conditioning tune-up allows us to spot problems before they get out of hand, it also helps you to avoid costly repairs in the future.

Continue reading “It’s our AC Tune-Up Early Bird Special!  Get a Jump on Summer for just $49.” »

Time to Celebrate with Your HVAC Contractor in Vista, Ca

ribbon-cuttingHere at Sherlock Heating and Air, we have much to celebrate.  In the spirit of community and gratitude, our entire heating service and repair team is opening our doors to our clients.  This Wednesday, February 11, 2015, we are celebrating the opening of our new Vista, Ca location as well as our new membership in the Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to all of our clients who choose us as your HVAC contractor in Vista.  It is because of each one of you that we are celebrating this week and we couldn’t think of anyone we wanted to share our success with as much as you who have helped us make it possible.

As a local HVAC contractor in Vista, serving our neighbors and being an active part of our community is important to us.  That is part of why we are so pleased to be announcing, and celebrating, our Chamber memberships.  Continue reading “Time to Celebrate with Your HVAC Contractor in Vista, Ca” »