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. Every homeowner deserves the most effective comfort solutions possible, which is why HVAC rebates are so important. They can help make sure high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners and other equipment is more budget friendly.

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

Rebates for High-Efficiency Furnaces

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

The government’s ENERGY STAR® program is also useful for acquiring a furnace rebate. You can type in your ZIP Code to see which rebates you might be approved for. Equipment with the ENERGY STAR® rating means it fulfills your region’s standards for energy-efficient operation.

Air Conditioner Rebates

Many of the same rebates for high-efficiency furnaces are also useful for air conditioners. You can save hundreds on new installation for efficient cooling from a leading brand like Lennox. Just talk to your local utility companies to find out which makes and models are suitable. Additionally, you can easily bundle federal and local rebates for even more savings. Don’t hesitate to see what all you can find, because it can quickly add up to 10% of a new, high-efficiency cooling system.

Available Rebates for Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat is an especially valuable addition to your home comfort system. With intelligent programming, you can fine-tune the daily schedule. Utility companies can benefit from this degree of efficiency, and so most provide rebate programs for new smart thermostats. In time, these rebates effectively enable you to get a free smart thermostat!

Local utility companies also offer programs where they provide discounted rates for the capability to access your thermostat during peak energy use. This helps avoid strain on the grid, especially when heat waves or cold fronts show up. When registered in this program, your thermostat will automatically be corrected by a few degrees.

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

Somewhat different from rebates, tax credits are also offered for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient HVAC equipment. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act reactivated a program in 2021 that supplied credits for up to 10% of the project’s cost. The new 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 larger variety of projects, such as 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 incorporated separate legislation known as the High-Efficiency Electric Homes and Rebates Act, or HEEHRA. This incentive is especially aimed toward heat pump technology, which transfers heat instead of creating it by burning fuel. To motivate more people to transition to this energy-efficient comfort system, these rebates are substantially higher versus incentives for AC units and furnaces.

If a household’s income is less than 80% of the local median, you can use the rebates to cover 100% of the costs of a new heat pump. Households that meet 80-150% of the average income can pay for 50% of equipment and installation costs.