With the hot, humid summers and harsh, cold winters we experience in Cleveland, it is important to have heating and cooling equipment that operates efficiently. Annual maintenance service can help keep your systems running smoothly so you can get the most out of your existing equipment. However, when it is time to upgrade to newer, more efficient equipment, make sure you take advantage of the many rebates currently available.
A number of organizations and companies offer rebates on energy-efficient heating and cooling systems:
- Federal tax credits for new heating and cooling systems are available through the end of 2011. These credits apply to both qualifying heating and cooling equipment plus home improvements, such as insulation installation.
- State and local utility rebates are also available in our area. First Energy, Columbia Gas of Ohio and Dominion East Ohio are all offering rebates for equipment upgrades that improve energy efficiency.
- Many equipment providers offer generous rebates that can be combined with both the federal and state rebates.
Energy-efficiency rebates are not just limited to heating and cooling equipment. Appliances such as water heaters and boilers take up a significant percentage of your overall energy use. These programs also often offer rebates for appliances throughout your home as well.
Of course, this is the season to think about upgrading your cooling system, but it is often best to replace your heating equipment at the same time. Many rebates are only available for a limited time, so if you upgrade one system, considering replacing them both.
Whether you want to optimize your existing heating and cooling system or take advantage of the rebates and upgrade to a new unit, the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth are glad to help. Our scheduled HVAC maintenance will help you get the most value from your investment, or we can help you select the new equipment that is right for your home. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
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