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Energy Efficiency Program: Air Conditioning and Heating (HVAC)

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There is an energy efficiency program sponsored by the US Government that many heating and plumbing service companies are a part of along with the manufacturers of the devices for your home.

This program has 2 parts to it. There are the different rating systems so the home owner can accurately compare the different devices by their fuel efficiency and its consumption. The other is the tax credit program were the home owner will receive a credit on their income tax if certain items are used in their home that save energy.

With home appliances, the devices marked as Energy Star are the ones that qualify for the US Government tax credit program. The amount is limited to $1500 per calendar year. This program is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. To be eligible to participate in their program, the devices must be used at the tax payer’s principal residence. Each device that is part of this program has a Manufacturers Certification Statement. This statement is signed by the manufacturer and ensures to the buyer that their device qualifies for the tax credit.

The rating system involves the different ways a device’s energy consumption is measured. This is for long term energy consumption and efficiency of the products. The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is the way a furnace is rated for energy used as compared to energy wasted when the device is operating. The higher this rating the more energy is saved. The lower limit is 78% and the upper and most efficient is 96%.The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)

For air conditioning units the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is used. This system is used by comparing the cooling effect of the device as compared to the energy it consumes. All new devices being manufactured must have a minimum rating of 13 SEER’s. The most efficient ones can reach up to a SEER of 20.

These two different rating systems can help a home owner determine which would help them save the most in their future energy bills when installing a new home heating and air conditioning unit. Not only does participating in the energy efficiency program sponsored by the US government save the tax payer money, but also reduces their carbon footprint on the environment.

If you are ready to move forward with replacing your current system with a unit that qualifies you for the US Government Energy Tax Credit, or if you have any questions please call us at (703) 914-1800 or visit us on the web at John C Flood.