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The Green Advantage: How Energy-Efficient HVAC Upgrades Can Cut Costs and Earn Tax Benefits

May 6, 2024

Are you in the market for a HVAC system upgrade while aiming to save some money? You’re in luck! Today, we’re delving into the world of energy-efficient HVAC upgrades and how they can lead to substantial rebates and tax incentives. Get ready to explore how to maintain your home’s comfort, keep your finances in check, and contribute to environmental sustainability!

Understanding Energy Efficiency

Let’s start by defining “energy-efficient HVAC upgrades.” These are upgrades or replacements to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems that are designed to use less energy while still maintaining a comfortable home temperature year-round. From installing a programmable thermostat to upgrading to a high-efficiency mini-split heat pump system, these upgrades offer a range of options.

Did you know that $6,000 in potential rebates and incentives are available when you upgrade your current system? Call today to learn more!

The Tax Incentive Perspective

Here’s the exciting part: the government rewards you for making energy-efficient upgrades! Through various tax incentive programs, homeowners are encouraged to embrace green practices and reduce energy consumption.

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, you can claim 30% of project costs, up to $2,000, in tax credits. These credits can be combined with additional credits of up to $1,200 for other eligible upgrades made within the same tax year.

Qualifying for Tax Incentives

How do you qualify for these tax incentives? It’s relatively straightforward. Many energy-efficient HVAC upgrades are eligible for federal, state, and even local tax credits or deductions. These incentives may vary based on your location and the specific upgrades you undertake, but they often result in significant savings come tax time.

  1. Eligibility Criteria: Whether you opt for ducted or ductless mini-split heat pump systems, ensure they meet the following criteria:
    • Ducted Systems: Your heat pump must bear the ENERGY STAR Cold Climate label, boasting an EER2 greater than 10.
    • Ductless Systems: ENERGY STAR Cold Climate heat pumps should feature a SEER2 above 16, EER2 above 9, and HSPF2 above 9.5. These metrics reflect the efficiency of your heat pump, while factors such as home size and existing ductwork also influence eligibility.
  2. These ratings simply reflect the efficiency of your heat pump. Factors like home size and existing ductwork also play a role.

Save with State-Sponsored Rebates

The utility companies in Weltman’s service territory currently include PSE&G and Elizabethtown Gas. If you’re a customer of one of these companies, you’re likely eligible to take advantage of their rebate programs. It’s possible to secure rebates of up to $600 on energy-efficient HVAC services. While not everyone may qualify for the full extent of these rebates, most individuals can qualify for at least some of the offerings. Coupled with federal tax credits and financing options, the potential savings can be considerable!

The Bottom Line

Energy-efficient HVAC upgrades not only help you save money on your energy bills year-round but also lead to attractive tax incentives and rebates. It’s a win-win for your wallet and the environment!

Next time you’re considering upgrading your HVAC system, be sure to explore any available tax incentives and rebates. Your home, your finances, and the planet will thank you for it!