From Engineering on May 11, 2011 in Air Conditioning & Heating
Air conditioning is a godsend, and nowhere is it more important than Phoenix, Arizona. From June through September, average highs are 99 degrees and above. Allow me to repeat: 99. degrees.
If you’re in Phoenix this coming summer, I’d like to first salute you for your bravery, and then secondly help you upgrade your HVAC system to something more affordable and energy-efficient.
To find out how much air conditioning installation costs in your area, click here.
HVAC typically costs a bit up-front. Fortunately, there are rebates available in Phoenix to cut your costs on air conditioning and heating upgrades.
Federal Tax Credits for HVAC Installation
The federal government currently offers a tax credit up to $500 for qualifying energy-efficient improvements. Included are air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, water heaters, window replacement and doors. See more on this at Energy Star.
$99 Energy Audits in Phoenix
Not sure if your home needs an energy retrofit? Sign up for a $99 comprehensive home assessment with APS. This includes a depressurizing test to identify air leakage in your windows, doors and surrounding structure, as well as inspection of your air-conditioning system, insulation, ducts, and the whole envelope of your home.
Not only will you receive a breakdown of your home’s problem areas, but recommendations for the most cost-effective ways to fix them. You’ll also gain access to APS rebates for said fixes, which I’ll go over next.
Utility Rebates for Energy-Efficient Upgrades
Two major utilities in Phoenix offer rebates for new energy-efficient improvements:
#1. Arizona Public Service provides rebates of varying amounts based on the unit’s efficiency. When shopping for a system, ask your contractor for a unit that meets the SEER and EER criteria below. This ensures the purchase will qualify for APS rebates.
- $175 for units with a SEER 13 and EER 10.8
- $425 for units with SEER 14-16 / EER 10.8
- $525 for units with SEER 17 and above / EER 10.8.
#2. Or, if you live in Southwest Gas Corporation territory, you can get up to $295 for installation of high-efficiency water heaters, programmable thermostats and even low-flow showerheads. See the SGC site for more information.
Comparing Air Conditioning Estimates
The best way to save money on your HVAC system is to request multiple estimates from contractors. You can do that quickly and for free by clicking here.
It’s also recommended that you ask your contractor for help with these Phoenix rebates, as they will have experience with rebate paperwork in your city and getting money back for customers.
The rest, of course, is a breeze. A very wonderful, air-conditioned breeze.