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Saving Money Round-Up | Heating and Cooling Rebates

Welcome to January! This month has kicked off with a little cold, a little snow and one fantastic moment by the Vikings! January is also the time that people start thinking about their taxes.
In the past, homeowners received tax credits for upgrading to energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Those programs expired at the end of 2016, but there are other ways to save money this year. Below are a few suggestions:

Rebate offerings

To save money on your heating and cooling projects this year, consider rebates offered by energy and utility companies. Energy savings programs and incentives can help reduce your demand as well as your bill for the year. Many companies also offer rebates to help cover the cost of upgrading your HVAC systems for more energy efficient ones.

Below is a list and link to local energy and utility companies to help you find what rebates and programs are offered by each.

Depending on the urgency of your heating or cooling project, sometimes it is worth waiting to see what rebates may become available later in the year. Heating and Cooling Two is a certified Bryant Dealer and recommends taking advantage of their Bryant Bonuses throughout the year. The promotions time frame and deals vary. Stay up-to-date of what they are offering and when they are available by following our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram).

Energy Efficiency

Rebates are a great way to save money, but one of the best ways to cut costs is by upgrading your heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems can use more than half the average home’s energy. Improving your systems can help keep your family comfortable in more ways than one.

Energy efficiency ratings are a great way to compare systems to determine which one may be best for your home. Before purchasing a new furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump, check these standard ratings:

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) – This is the standard measurement of efficiency used for gas and oil. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) – This is the standard measurement of efficiency used for the cooling process of air conditioners and heat pumps. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency.
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) – This is the standard measurement of efficiency used for heating mode of heat pumps. The minimum required HSPF rating is 7.7. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency.

Although this will not directly save you money on your taxes, spending less to heat, cool, and operate your home is a great way to save money this year. Contact Heating and Cooling Two today to set up an appointment to check and possibly upgrade your heating and cooling systems!

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