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01 Sep 2021
High-efficiency furnace

Why You Should Consider Upgrading to a High-Efficiency Furnace

Your furnace is one of the largest energy hogs in your home. On average in the US, home heating accounts for approximately 42% of your annual utility bill. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you have the most efficient furnace possible—especially when rising energy costs make it more difficult to pay your bills every month. Here are five reasons you should consider upgrading to a modern, high-efficiency furnace.

1) High-Efficiency Furnaces Save Money on Heating Bills

The average American household spends $1,800 a year on their energy bill. In many regions, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to pay more than double that amount. If you live in an older home or just want a break from expensive heating bills, a high-efficiency furnace can save as much as 30%.

2) Rebates and Tax Incentives Can Offset the Replacement Costs

A new, high-efficiency furnace doesn’t have to be an expensive investment. In addition to the long-term savings, there are all sorts of ways you can reduce the upfront expense. Some utility companies offer rebates, and there are federal tax incentives for utilizing high-efficiency furnaces. Contact PNM for details.

3) Older Furnaces Can Be a Safety Hazard

If your furnace is on its last legs and isn’t getting enough air into your home, you may have no choice but to get a new one. Carbon monoxide leaks from a faulty furnace can pose a serious health risk and require professional servicing to ensure safety.

The only way to know is to check with a pro!

If you’re thinking about upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace, call the professionals at Harder Electrical at (505) 281-4807 for a free estimate.

However if your current furnace isn’t quite ready to be replaced, but you still want to find ways to save on your utility bill, check out our blog on five ways to save on your heating costs.

About Harder Electrical & Mechanical

Founded in 2003, Harder Electrical & Mechanical Services provides residential and commercial heating, cooling, and electrical services. We have proudly served the Albuquerque, Tijeras, Edgewood, and Moriarty areas for nearly 20 years. Locally owned and operated, Harder Electrical & Mechanical Services is open five days a week.

Harder Electrical & Mechanical was founded with the philosophy of providing quality services for a fair price. With extensive training in electrical, mechanical, and refrigeration, Harder Electrical & Mechanical not only stands behind the work we do – we guarantee it.

Our experienced technicians provide residential and commercial heating, cooling, and air conditioning services. We can repair, replace, and install all brands of equipment, and we provide a 1-year warranty on labor along with any manufacturers’ product warranty. Harder Electrical & Mechanical is your one-stop shop for all your electrical, heating, and cooling needs. Call us today at 505-281-4807 for a free estimate.

01 Jun 2021
Whole House Generator

Whole House Generator vs. Portable Generator: Which is the better purchase?

Power outages can be unpredictable. Sometimes, they come with a big storm or a record-breaking heat wave. Other times, they can come out of the blue, such as when a transformer blows or the power grid goes down. Regardless, the best thing you can do is be prepared with a generator at the ready to help you navigate this frustrating time. With a whole house generator, you’ll be able to power your property and live or work more comfortably while minimizing financial losses during periods of prolonged power outage.

Not convinced a whole house generator is worth it? Keep reading!

How Whole House Generators Work

Whole house generators, also commonly known as standby generators, do just what the name implies – they power your entire house with electricity. A whole house generator is a generator that runs on natural gas or liquid propane and is hooked up to an existing gas line. They are designed to kick in automatically when the power goes out so that you, as a home or business owner, don’t experience an interruption in power. So when the power goes out you don’t have to do anything, simply sit back and wait for the generator to kick in.

In contrast, portable generators need to be manually hooked up with extension cords in the event of a power outage. A portable generator will also only power a few household appliances for a short period as opposed to the entire house.

What Does a Whole House Generator Cost?

Let’s be frank, a whole house generator isn’t cheap. For a residential property, you could pay anywhere from $7,000 to $18,000, depending on the size of the property, and for commercial properties it can cost even more.

Portable generators, on the other hand, are much less expensive and can range anywhere from $500 to $2,000. That being said, portable generators only power a fraction of your home or business for a short period of time and will be twisted among several extension cords which could be hazardous.

Who Benefits from a Whole House Generator?

Homeowners and commercial property owners can both benefit from having a whole house generator. As a homeowner, buying a generator could spare you financial losses, like food spoilage, when power outages strike. Or if you work from home, a whole house generator ensures you can continue working even through a power outage. As a commercial property owner, having a whole house generator could make it easier to attract and retain tenants. Businesses don’t want to have to worry about losing inventory or customers, and if you invest in a standby generator, they shouldn’t have to.

Whole house generators offer peace of mind to home and business owners. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of losing power and potentially having it stay out for days on end, then a whole house generator is a smart investment, and one that works more easily and seamlessly than a portable generator. Call Harder Electrical & Mechanical Services, Inc to get more information on whole house generators or to install yours.

About Harder Electrical & Mechanical

Founded in 2003, Harder Electrical & Mechanical Services provides residential and commercial heating, cooling, and electrical services. We have proudly served the Albuquerque, Tijeras, Edgewood, and Moriarty areas for nearly 20 years. Locally owned and operated, Harder Electrical & Mechanical Services is open five days a week.

Harder Electrical & Mechanical was founded with the philosophy of providing quality services for a fair price. With extensive training in electrical, mechanical, and refrigeration, Harder Electrical & Mechanical not only stands behind the work we do – we guarantee it.

Our experienced technicians provide residential and commercial heating, cooling, and air conditioning services. We can repair, replace, and install all brands of equipment, and we provide a 1-year warranty on labor along with any manufacturers’ product warranty.

Harder Electrical & Mechanical is your one-stop-shop for all your electrical, heating, and cooling needs. Call us today at 505-281-4807 for a free estimate.

22 May 2019
mini-ductless system

Mini-Ductless Systems

Ductless HVAC systems (or mini-ductless systems) are extremely efficient and provide consistent room comfort. Read our blog to learn more about how mini-ductless systems can work in your home or commercial space.