Home comfort can be tricky to maintain in the cool falls and cold winters of the greater Cleveland area – especially if your heating system is old or in need of maintenance. But if you're feeling the chill of colder temperatures, high energy bills, and a heating system that's on its last legs, you may be in luck—purchases of certain high-efficiency air heating systems are eligible for federal energy tax credits through the end of 2013, meaning that you can increase your home comfort, lower your monthly bills and feel a little less pain when fall and winter roll around next year.
The federal tax credits are aimed at helping homeowners transition to high-efficiency appliances and products, including furnaces, boilers, air-source and geothermal heat pumps, insulation, water heaters and energy-saving doors and windows. Installation of a qualifying new natural gas, propane or oil furnace can net you energy tax credits of $150 on eligible machines.
All this adds up to a great opportunity to upgrade, with an eye toward maximizing your investment. You may choose to have your heating system re-sized for new additions to your house or new home use patterns, or look specifically for a unit which works well with a whole-house humidifier or air purification system. You may also want to upgrade to an advanced main air circulating fan; if the fan uses no more than 25 percent of the furnace's total energy, you're eligible for a tax credit of $50.
While the federal energy tax credits have been extended through the end of this year, there's no guarantee that they'll be offered in the future. So if you're interested in upgrading your heating system, remember that this opportunity may only be available for a limited time. Additionally, there can added rebates from your local utility if you qualify—so don't wait.
If you have any questions, or would like a home assessment to determine the best energy-efficient heating system for your needs, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling, where our experts will be happy to help.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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