A dependable HVAC system is vital for a comfortable and energy-efficient home, but it’s also a significant investment. You deserve the most efficient comfort solutions available, which is why HVAC rebates are so beneficial. They can help ensure high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners and other equipment is more affordable.
HVAC efficiency standards are climbing next year, so now’s an excellent time to check out your options. Different companies, organizations and even government entities are offering rebates in 2023 to help everyone acquire a new, high-efficiency HVAC system.
Rebates for High-Efficiency Furnaces
Numerous manufacturers of high-efficiency furnaces offer rebates for a new system. These furnaces include energy-efficient components like variable-speed blower motors, which enable the thermostat to fine-tune how much heating is generated. It’s an easy way to lower energy use overall. Local utilities also provide furnace rebates because less energy use results in less strain on the local energy grid.
The government’s ENERGY STAR® program is also useful for acquiring a furnace rebate. You can submit your ZIP Code to learn which rebates you may be qualified for. Equipment featuring the ENERGY STAR® rating means it satisfies your region’s standards for energy-efficient performance.
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 a system from a top 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 learn what's out there, because it can easily add up to 10% of a new, high-efficiency air conditioner.
Potential Rebates for Smart Thermostats
A smart thermostat is a particularly valuable improvement to your home comfort system. With intelligent programming, you can optimize the daily schedule. Utility companies appreciate this degree of efficiency, and so most offer rebate programs for new smart thermostats. After some time, these rebates virtually allow you to get a free smart thermostat!
Your utility companies also provide programs where they swap lower rates for the ability to control your thermostat during peak energy use. This helps avoid strain on the grid, namely when heat waves or cold fronts arrive. When registered in this program, your thermostat may automatically be changed by a few degrees.
More Ways to Save: Tax Credits for Energy-Efficient Equipment and Home Improvement Projects
A little different from rebates, tax credits are also available for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient HVAC equipment. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act restarted a program in 2021 that provided credits for up to 10% of the project’s cost. The revised credits are now worth 30% of the cost and may be claimed each year as opposed to only once. These credits are eligible for a much wider variety of projects, including home energy audits, electrical, insulation, ventilation, and even your doors and windows! The programs are fashioned to provide 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 specially geared toward heat pump technology, which transfers heat instead of creating it by combusting fuel. To motivate more people to transition to this energy-efficient comfort system, these rebates are considerably higher than incentives for AC units and furnaces.
If the household’s income is less than 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 typical income can take care of 50% of equipment and installation costs.