A Guide to HVAC Rebates in 2023

November 27, 2022

A dependable HVAC system is vital for a comfortable and energy-efficient home, but it’s also a big investment. Everyone deserves the most efficient comfort solutions available, which is why HVAC rebates are so important. They can help make sure high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners and other equipment is more affordable.

HVAC efficiency standards are increasing next year, so now’s an excellent time to check out your options. Different companies, organizations and even government entities are extending rebates in 2023 to help everyone acquire a new, high-efficiency HVAC system.

Rebates for High-Efficiency Furnaces

Numerous manufacturers of high-efficiency furnaces extend rebates for a new system. These furnaces feature energy-efficient components such as variable-speed blower motors, which enable the thermostat to fine-tune how much heating is released. It’s a great way to reduce energy use overall. Local utilities also provide furnace rebates since less energy use means less strain on the local energy grid.

The government’s ENERGY STAR® program is also helpful for acquiring a furnace rebate. You can enter your ZIP Code to learn which rebates you might be eligible for. Equipment featuring the ENERGY STAR® rating means it satisfies your region’s standards for energy-efficient performance.

Air Conditioner Rebates

A lot of of the same rebates for high-efficiency furnaces are also applicable to air conditioners. You can save hundreds on new installation for equipment from a leading brand such as Lennox. Just check with your local utility companies to learn which makes and models are entitled. Additionally, you can often bundle federal and local rebates for even more savings. Don’t hesitate to learn what's out there, because it can quickly add up to 10% of a new, high-efficiency cooling system.

Potential Rebates for Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a particularly valuable improvement to your home comfort system. With intelligent programming, you can fine-tune the daily schedule. Utility companies highly value this level of efficiency, and so most provide rebate programs for new smart thermostats. After some time, these rebates virtually enable you to get a free smart thermostat!

These utility companies also create programs where they exchange discounted rates for the capability to adjust your thermostat during peak energy use. This helps minimize strain on the grid, namely when heat waves or cold fronts show up. When enrolled in this program, your thermostat will automatically be corrected by a few degrees.

Additional Ways to Save: Tax Credits for Energy-Efficient Equipment and Home Improvement Projects

A little different from rebates, tax credits are also promoted for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient HVAC systems. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act restarted a program in 2021 that offered credits for up to 10% of the project’s cost. The updated credits are now worth 30% of the cost and may be claimed each year as opposed to only once. These credits are available for a much greater variety of projects, like home energy audits, electrical, insulation, ventilation, and even your doors and windows! The programs are tailored to offer the most benefits for lower-income households, maximizing the improvements to HVAC efficiency all over the country.

New Legislation for Heat Pump Rebates

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act included separate legislation known as the High-Efficiency Electric Homes and Rebates Act, or HEEHRA. This incentive is specially targeted toward heat pump technology, which transfers heat instead of producing it by igniting 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 your household’s income is lower 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 pay for 50% of equipment and installation costs.