While not all Energy Star HVAC systems qualify for the tax credit; replacing your old unit for a newer more efficient one will save you money on your power bill. If you do replace your unit during 2009 and 2010, you will need to make sure it meets one the following requirements. All of the values below are the minimal value that qualifies.
• Central A/C unit
o Split system SEER 16, EER 13
o Packaged system SEER 14, EER 2
• Air Source Heat Pumps
o Split system HSPF 8.5, EER 2.5, SEER 15
o Package HSPF 8, EER, 12, SEER 14
• Natural Gas or Propane Furnace AFUE 95
• Oil Furnace AFUE 90
• Gas, propane or oil hot water boiler AFUE 90
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It measures the efficiency of the cooling system over an entire season. EER stands for energy efficiency ratio. It measures the efficiency of the cooling system when the outdoor temperature is 95 degrees F. The higher these numbers, the more efficient the unit is.
HSPF stands for heat seasonal performance factor. It measures the efficiency of the heat pump. AFUE stands for the annual fuel utilization efficiency.
Taking advantage of the Federal tax credit for energy efficiency to replace your old HVAC system can save you some money on your taxes. In addition to saving on your taxes, you will also be saving on your power bills and helping the environment too.
Learn more about the tax credit here. Also, see how the homeowners benefit from the Federal Tax Credit for efficiently using energy.
Written by Denise Clay
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