The new year brings changes to heating and air conditioner incentive programs.
HVAC Tax Credit
For the 2011 tax year, a homeowner can receive a non-refundable tax credit of $300 for installing a 16 SEER air conditioner, $150 for a 95% AFUE furnace, and $50 for an ECM fan motor on a gas furnace. This totals $500 for the HVAC energy tax credit. Currently this credit is set to expire at the end of 2011. Unless congress slips something into a new energy bill, the only HVAC tax credits available in 2012 will be for geothermal and solar.
HVAC Utility Rebates
2012 also brings a few changes to our utility rebate programs in the Dayton, OH area. DP&L will be maintaining their rebates of $600 for high efficiency heat pumps, but reducing the rebate for high efficiency air conditioners to a max of $300. They are however adding a $100 rebate for a 95% AFUE furnace with ECM fan motor. DP&L will also be introducing a tune-up rebate in January 2012. The DP&L rebates are given to the home owner up front an refunded to the HVAC contractor each month.
Also for our Dayton customers, Vectren has continued their mail-in rebate program. They offer $300 for a 95% AFUE gas furnace. They have also added a $20 rebate for a programmable thermostat.
For customers in Warren county and south, the Smart Saver program with Duke Energy is currently unchanged with a home owner receiving $200 each for a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner. We have heard rumors than there will be some adjustments to the program in 2012. We’ll keep you posted.