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Focus On Energy – Heating & Cooling Improvements

Focus on Energy has incentives available for households looking to improve on the efficiency of their heating and cooling equipment in their homes.  Focus on Energy advises that it might be time to upgrade your equipment if:

  • Your heating and cooling equipment is unreliable, inefficient, or over 15 years old.
  • You’ve noticed excessive blower noises, or sporadic pops, bangs, or rattles from your furnace
  • Your energy bills have gone up
  • Your home is cold and uncomfortable

There are two tiers of incentives available through Focus on Energy.  Tier one incentives are open to all residents of the area.  Tier two incentives focus on your income level in order to become eligible.

Here is a chart of available incentives.

   Heating and Cooling Equipment Tier 1 Tier 2
   Propane multi-stage furnace with ECM, 90%+ AFUE $100 $300
   Natural gas furnace, 95%+ AFUE N/A $350
   Natural gas multi-stage furnace with ECM, 95%+ AFUE $125 $525
   Natural gas multi-stage furnace with ECM and 95%+ AFUE installed with    a 16+ SEER air conditioner $250 $750
   Modulating combination natural gas boiler with integrated domestic hot       water and outdoor reset control, 95%+ AFUE $500 $675
   Modulating natural gas boiler with outdoor reset control, 95%+ AFUE $400 $550
   Indirect water heater (installed at same time as qualified boiler) $100 $150
   ECM Replacement $100 See Tier 1
   Ductless/Mini-Split heat pump for electric resistance heated home       25+SEER and 9.0+ HSPF (only for homes heated solely with electric resistance heat)  $500 See Tier 1

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Federal HVAC Credit – Available for equipment purchased and installed in 2012 – 2016

In 2015, the U.S. government renewed the 25C tax credit for high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. This credit is offered as part of a larger energy-efficiency incentive for home improvements.

What it covers

  • Up to 10% of the cost to $500, or a specific amount from $50 to $300
  • $300 maximum credit available for qualifying central Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Packaged Units and Ductless Mini-Split Systems
  • $150 maximum credit available for qualifying Furnaces and Boilers

Qualification details

  • Equipment must be installed in an existing home and your principal residence; rentals or new construction do not qualify
  • If you claimed $500 or more for enhancements to your home’s exterior (windows, doors, skylights, insulation, roofing, etc.) from 2006 to 2014, your HVAC purchase made in 2012-2016 will be ineligible
  • If you claimed $500 or less, you may qualify for a credit, but you may not get the full dollar amount specified
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