If your cooling equipment is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR® certified central air conditioning system, which could save you up to 30 percent on your cooling costs per year. ENERGY STAR models are quiet, efficient, and designed to save energy.
When selecting a new central air conditioner, look for equipment with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide cooling. Many older AC systems have a SEER of 10 or lower while new efficient central air systems can have a SEER of 16 or higher. Additionally, it is essential to install the right size cooling system for your home in order to get the best performance. A system that’s too large will not keep your home comfortable because of frequent “on/off” cycling. Incorrect sizing can also put stress on the equipment and shorten its lifespan. Also, to ensure that your system delivers the cooled air to all areas of your home, be sure that your duct system is evaluated and any leaks are sealed prior to using your new system.
Other options for electric cooling and heating systems include central heat pumps and mini-split heat pumps. Both central heat pumps and mini-split heat pumps use the difference between outdoor air temperatures and indoor air temperatures to cool and heat your home. When it’s cold outside, the systems extract heat from the colder temperature and transfer it to your home. When it’s hot outside, they transfer heat from inside your home to the outside. By not having to create the heat or cool air, these systems are very efficient. While central heat pumps use ducts to route the air to different areas of your home, mini-split heat pumps deliver warm or cool air directly from the system to an area in your home.
Available Rebates and Incentives
If cooling improvements were recommended during your home energy assessment, you could be eligible for rebates of up to $500 when you install new qualified equipment that meets minimum efficiency requirements. Enhanced rebates on equipment are also available for customers who received the Early Replacement recommendation at the time of their assessment. Click here to learn more about Early Replacement rebates.
Review equipment eligibility requirements and rebate levels here.
Contact one or more licensed contractor(s) or an AC Check Trained Contractor for quotes. Note: If you would like to apply for a 0 percent interest HEAT Loan, an AC Check Trained Contractor must be used and you must apply for the loan prior to equipment installation.
Select a contractor and schedule equipment installation.
Once the installation is completed, submit your rebate application either by mail or online.
Note: If your Energy Specialist recommended an Early Replacement Rebate, click here for more information on how to move forward.