Replacing Your Air Conditioner This Summer? Take Advantage of Federal Energy Tax Credits

June 30, 2013
Ross and Witmer

Did you think energy tax credits were a thing of the past? Well, they’re not over quite yet. Reinstated federal tax incentives cover qualifying central air conditioners and heat pumps placed into service by Dec. 31, 2013. The credits cover up to 10 percent of the cost of highly efficient A/Cs or heat pumps, with credits also covering qualifying heating equipment, water heaters, and other efficient HVAC-related appliances and products.

If you’ve been considering replacing your air conditioner, this may be the perfect summer to do it. It could be your last chance to save with a federal energy tax credit – and could be your most comfortable summer ever with today’s well-engineered cooling systems. You’re likely to start saving right away on utility bills as well.

To qualify, cooling equipment (air conditioners/heat pumps) must meet standards set by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). The federal tax credit for A/Cs and heat pumps is capped at $300. Your local HVAC expert can help you determine which equipment qualifies. Also, be aware that the reinstated energy tax credits may cover qualified equipment purchase/installation from 2012.

Get professional advice when replacing your air conditioner

This is crucial because in order for even the best new A/C equipment to perform up to its potential, it must be properly sized. Before selecting a contractor, get details about his/her process for cooling system sizing and load calculation. Your HVAC technician should use Manual J guidelines from the ACCA (Air Conditioner Contractors of America) which involve detailed inspection of your home, including consideration of:

  • Home size
  • Layout
  • Position on the lot (direct sun exposure, etc.)
  • Airtightness (affecting cooling load and moisture retention)
  • Number/size of windows and heat transmission factors
  • Number of occupants and ages
  • Types of appliances, lighting, etc. (which give off warmth, increasing cooling load)
  • And various other factors

Professional installation is just as important as system choice, because, among other things, your HVAC contractor must ensure that the duct system is adequate to handle the new equipment. He must have the experience/skill to retrofit, if needed, to ensure balanced airflow throughout your home.

Consult the experts at Ross & Witmer when you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system. We’ve served the home comfort needs of Charlotte area residents for 68 years. Visit our website for valuable HVAC information or call us today.

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