A dependable HVAC system is vital for a comfortable and energy-efficient home, but it’s also a significant investment. Every homeowner deserves the most productive comfort solutions available, which is why HVAC rebates are so worthwhile. They can help guarantee high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners and other equipment is more budget friendly.
HVAC efficiency standards are climbing next year, so now’s an ideal time to check out your options. Different companies, organizations and even government entities are extending rebates in 2023 to help everyone procure a new, high-efficiency HVAC system.
Rebates for High-Efficiency Furnaces
Lots of manufacturers of high-efficiency furnaces extend rebates toward the cost of a new system. These furnaces feature energy-efficient components like variable-speed blower motors, which enable the thermostat to refine how much heating is generated. It’s an easy way to reduce energy use overall. Local utilities also offer furnace rebates because less energy use translates to less strain on the local energy grid.
The government’s ENERGY STAR® program is also useful for obtaining a furnace rebate. You can type in your ZIP Code to learn which rebates you could be qualified for. Equipment displaying the ENERGY STAR® rating means it fulfills your region’s standards for energy-efficient comfort.
Air Conditioner Rebates
Many of the same rebates for high-efficiency furnaces are also applicable to air conditioners. You can save hundreds on new installation for efficient cooling from a leading brand such as Lennox. Just check with your local utility companies to learn which makes and models are eligible. In addition, you can easily join federal and local rebates for even more savings. Don’t hesitate to find out what's all available, because it can easily add up to 10% of a new, high-efficiency cooling system
Available Rebates for Smart Thermostats
A smart thermostat is an incredibly valuable addition to your home comfort system. With intelligent programming, you can fine-tune the daily schedule. Utility companies appreciate this degree of efficiency, and so most offer rebate programs for new smart thermostats. In time, these rebates essentially enable you to get a free smart thermostat!
Local utility companies also provide programs where they provide discounted rates for the ability to control your thermostat during peak energy use. This helps reduce strain on the grid, namely when heat waves or cold fronts arrive. When participating in this program, your thermostat can automatically be changed by a few degrees.
Additional Ways to Save: Tax Credits for Energy-Efficient Equipment and Home Improvement Projects
A little different compared to rebates, tax credits are also offered for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient HVAC systems. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act reactivated a program in 2021 that supplied credits for up to 10% of the project’s cost. The new credits are now worth 30% of the cost and can be claimed every year rather than only once. These credits are obtainable for a much wider variety of projects, like home energy audits, electrical, insulation, ventilation, and even your doors and windows! The programs are tailored to share the most benefits for lower-income households, maximizing the improvements to HVAC efficiency nationwide.
New Legislation for Heat Pump Rebates
The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act contained separate legislation known as the High-Efficiency Electric Homes and Rebates Act, or HEEHRA. This incentive is particularly aimed toward heat pump technology, which transfers heat instead of creating it by igniting fuel. To motivate more people to convert to this energy-efficient comfort system, these rebates are substantially higher versus incentives for AC units and furnaces.
If your household’s income is below 80% of the local median, you are able to use the rebates to cover 100% of the costs of a new heat pump. Households making 80-150% of the average income can pay for 50% of equipment and installation costs.