A Guide to HVAC Rebates in 2023

November 27, 2022

A quality HVAC system is essential for a comfortable and energy-efficient home, but it’s also a significant investment. Every homeowner deserves the most efficient comfort solutions possible, which is why HVAC rebates are so important. They can help ensure high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners and other equipment is more budget friendly.

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

Rebates for High-Efficiency Furnaces

Many manufacturers of high-efficiency furnaces offer rebates for a new system. These furnaces include energy-efficient components such as variable-speed blower motors, which allow the thermostat to fine-tune how much heating is generated. It’s an easy way to reduce energy use overall. Local utilities also offer furnace rebates since less energy use translates to less strain on the local energy grid.

The government’s ENERGY STAR® program is also useful for securing a furnace rebate. You can type in your ZIP Code to see which rebates you may be eligible for. Equipment featuring the ENERGY STAR® rating means it meets your region’s standards for energy-efficient performance.

Air Conditioner Rebates

A lot of of the same rebates for high-efficiency furnaces are also applicable to air conditioners. You can save hundreds on new installation for equipment from a top brand such as Lennox. Just check with your local utility companies to find out which makes and models are entitled. Additionally, you can easily bundle federal and local rebates for even more savings. Don’t hesitate to find out what's all available, because it can quickly add up to 10% of a new, high-efficiency AC system.

Potential Rebates for Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a particularly valuable upgrade to your home comfort system. With intelligent programming, you can enhance the daily schedule. Utility companies can benefit from this degree of efficiency, and so most offer rebate programs for new smart thermostats. Over time, these rebates effectively allow you to get a free smart thermostat!

Your utility companies also create programs where they swap lower rates for the ability to adjust your thermostat during peak energy use. This helps avoid strain on the grid, particularly when heat waves or cold fronts come through. When participating in this program, your thermostat will automatically be changed by a few degrees.

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

Slightly different than rebates, tax credits are also available for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient HVAC systems. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act restarted a program in 2021 that supplied credits for up to 10% of the project’s cost. The updated credits are now worth 30% of the cost and may be claimed each year rather than only once. These credits are eligible for a much larger variety of projects, including home energy audits, electrical, insulation, ventilation, and even your doors and windows! The programs are tailored to share 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 contained separate legislation called the High-Efficiency Electric Homes and Rebates Act, or HEEHRA. This incentive is specially geared toward heat pump technology, which transfers heat instead of generating it by burning fuel. To encourage more people to convert to this energy-efficient comfort system, these rebates are considerably higher compared to incentives for AC units and furnaces.

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