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Congress Extends Energy Tax Credits on Air Conditioning & Heating

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Finally there’s some good news from Washington DC. Relief has been provided to homeowners that have made energy efficiency improvements in 2013 or plan to invest in such improvements this year.

While representatives haggled over the notorious “Fiscal Cliff” earlier this year, Congress voted to extend the popular Federal tax credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency. This serves as an incentive to upgrade systems in existing homes by installing energy- efficient air conditioning systems, heat pumps and hot water heaters. Other improvements such as roofing, windows and insulation may also qualify.

The tax credit amount varies depending on the type of energy-efficient heating and air conditioning component(s) installed. To be eligible, the products must be installed in a home that you own and serves as your primary residence.

Central Air Conditioning products must meet certain minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) or Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) to qualify. Heat Pumps are given a Heat Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). The higher the SEER, EER or HSPF, the more efficient the system is.

Which heating and air conditioning improvements are eligible for the Federal tax credit?

Central Air Conditioning Systems (CACs)

  • Split Systems (outdoor compressor, indoor evaporator coil and air handler) 16 SEER, 13 EER or above
  • Package Systems (all-in-one outdoor pack) rated 14 SEER, 12 EER or above
  • Tax Credit amount: 10% of cost, maximum credit: $300.00

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps

  • Split Systems with a minimum 8.5 HSPF, 12.5 EER, or 15 SEER
  • Package Systems with a minimum 8 HSPF, 12 EER, or 14 SEER
  • Tax Credit amount: 10% of cost, maximum credit: $300.00

Natural Gas, Propane or Oil Furnaces and Boilers

  • Must be rated AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) 95% or above
  • Tax Credit amount: 10% of cost, maximum credit: $150.00

Most of the tax credits allow inclusion of the cost of installation in the eligible amount, but there is a lifetime maximum credit allowance of $500.00. If you have or plan to install energy-efficient products, call Total Comfort Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning in Burlington, MA – to consult with professional HVAC experts and find out if any other rebates are available. Be sure to also consult a tax advisor for specific details when filing your tax r

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This entry was tagged Energy Rebates, AC, Ductless, Pumps, Air Conditioning, Heat Pumps, MiniSplit, Heat, Energy Tax Credit and posted on June 06, 2013

7 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

Mr. Slim Ductless Mini Split AC installed
Mr. Slim Ductless Mini Split AC installed

Ductless air conditioning is quickly gaining popularity in the US, as it is in Europe and Asia over recent years – for many reasons. A Ductless (mini-split) AC unit is an efficient and affordable alternative to the traditional central heating and air conditioning systems that require a network of duct lines to circulate air.

In older homes that have no ducts or a newly-built home that doesn’t use forced-air heat (with no ductwork), installing a central A/C system can be extremely costly. Opting for a ductless air conditioner or even multiple units to cool different zones in the home is a more affordable solution.

Multi-zone outdoor units connect more than two indoor units, providing individualized comfort control to different areas within the home. For example, the Mitsubishi Ductless outdoor multi-zone units can be configured for as many as four or more individual ductless air conditioning units. Mini-split systems also are excellent for sun rooms and homes with hydronic heating.

Ductless indoor units (also known as ductless mini-splits) can also be controlled with convenient remote controls – both wireless and wall-mounted programmable touch-screen thermostat controls and WI-FI.

7 benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning:

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A multi-zone ductless AC installation in Lexington, MA
  1. Energy- efficient technology, Environmentally-friendly
  2. Easy to install & operate
  3. Compact in size
  4. Quiet Operation
  5. Allergen Filtration
  6. Precise and total Comfort Control

And number 7, they save money. Ductless air conditioning uses less energy than traditional air conditioning systems, which can dramatically reduce your energy usage. For zoned systems, you can control individual room temperature and only use energy where and when you need it!

Consult with an HVAC professional to determine if a ductless air conditioning system is a viable option for your home and to get recommendations on which product options are right for you. Diamond Contractors that specialize in ductless A/C system installation and trained experts like those at Total Comfort Mechanical in Massachusetts can give you a quick estimate and also find out if any other rebates and tax credits are available.

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This entry was tagged AC, Ductless, Air Conditioning, Air Conditioner, MiniSplit, Lexington MA and posted on May 28, 2013

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