Heating Contractors in Austin, TX
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The HVAC contractors in Austin sell, install, repair and maintain heating systems for residences and businesses. Most are also qualified to work on air conditioning systems. Most contractors service the entire Austin metropolitan area, including surrounding areas such as Cedar Park, Round Rock, and West Lake Hills
The Mechanical Contractor's Association of Texas is a membership organization for HVAC professionals that describes it objective as the promotion of the heating, plumbing, cooling, and related industries through the education of professionals and the public. For more information about this group and their members, you can call their Austin office at 512-453-7311.
Landlords in Austin are required to provide their tenants with a heating system that is capable of heating the building to 70 degrees. If a landlord fails to do this, the tenant can take the following steps:
- Make sure all rent is paid up to date. Withholding rent for any reason can prompt a tenant to be evicted. In addition, the tenant "forfeits all rights to have repairs made until the rent is paid."
- Ask the landlord personally or over the telephone to make repairs. If the landlord does not take action, the tenant should send a certified or registered letter, containing specific details about the problem and ask that it be solved within seven days or 24 hours, in the case of an emergency.
- The tenant should write a final letter of the same type if the first is ignored.
- The tenant should keep copies of both letters in case further legal action is taken.
There are a few things a tenant can do if the landlord still does not fix the problem. These include breaking the lease and moving out, taking the landlord to court, and finally, withholding rent. For more information on how to take these steps, you can call the Austin Tenants' Council at 512-474-7006.
Alternative Energy in Austin
Austin is the home of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA). This 25 year-old non-profit organization is composed of businesses and individuals from all over Texas who are involved in renewable energies, including wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal. TREIA sponsors workshops, tours and conferences that it uses expose our members and the public to the latest and most useful renewable energy You can contact TREIA at 512-345-5446.
Aid for Upgrading Energy Systems
Austin Energy offers residents rebates for improving their home's energy efficiency. The rebates cover a wide variety of energy efficiency improvements including installing a more efficient heat pump, air conditioner, windows, water heaters, and clothes washers. Duct replacement and insulation is also included. The program gives residents a maximum of $1575 in rebates and up to $650 in bonus incentives. For more information, call 512-974-7827.
The state of Texas has a property tax exemption program that gives residents an exemption based on the amount at which an installed wind or solar power system is appraised. Systems that are eligible are those that are used to make, store, and distribute mechanical, electrical, or thermal energy. There is no maximum amount of the exemption. Austin residents can find more information about this program by calling 512-305-9806.
Austin has a relatively mild climate all year round. In the winter, the temperature does not get colder than 40 degrees on average. High temperatures in the summer often get up into the high nineties, however. Heating systems can make chilly nights more comfortable, but air conditioning is far more important to most Austin residents.
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