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Tax Credits Are Back for High Efficiency AC and Heating Equipment

On January 1, 2013, Congress finally approved legislation to avoid the much publicized, “fiscal cliff”.  In addition to its many provisions dealing with our future tax rates, the bill also retroactively reinstated the 25C tax credits for years 2012 and 2013 for the purchase of high-efficiency HVAC and water heating equipment which had expired at the end of 2011. Homeowners can now enjoy an aggregate tax credit of up to $500 for the qualified equipment purchases made in 2011, 2012, and 2013 combined. The reinstatement of these tax credits may influence consumers to purchase higher efficiency HVAC appliances which often include other benefits that consumers should consider. Higher efficiency AC and heating equipment can provide superior comfort, lower energy bills and also contributes to a cleaner environment.

The following table summarizes the reinstated tax credits for certain equipment:

As a reminder, geothermal system tax credits are unaffected by this recent legislation and tax incentives remain in place as is through December 13, 2016.

For more information on tax credits for High Efficiency HVAC and Water Heating Equipment, click on the links below:

Congress, President Retroactively Extend HVAC and Water Heating 25C Tax Credits

Residential Energy Tax Credits: Overview and Analysis


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Customers need more energy savings. Today, HVAC accounts for 40 to 60 percent of the energy used in commercial and residential buildings across the U.S. This represents an opportunity for energy savings using proven technologies, such as Copeland Scroll® compressors. In fact, contractors have more opportunities than ever to up sell and satisfy their customers with improved comfort and energy savings.

Right now, today’s residential air conditioning systems use about five percent of our country’s total electricity output at a cost of over $11 billion to homeowners.  By switching homeowners to high-efficiency systems, they could help reduce this energy use by 20-60 percent.   In fact, by upgrading to a variable speed heat pump, homeowners can save as much as 40 percent on energy costs.  Utility companies are also offering rebates to homeowners who purchase and install high-efficiency appliances in their homes (visit for energy efficiency programs in your state).

HVAC accounts for almost 56 percent of the total energy consumed in U.S. buildings. Behind that figure, you’ll find hundreds of business and building owners, eager to control their energy costs. Emerson offers a wide range of scroll compressors that allow you to determine the best method of optimizing energy efficiencies. Whether it's a fixed speed scroll compressor, a tandem, Copeland Scroll UltraTech or Copeland Scroll Digital™, you have the flexibility to choose from reliable, energy efficient solutions for almost any application.

To calculate the potential annual energy savings that can be achieved by upgrading to a higher-efficiency system, click on the number of the zone in which you live to view heating and cooling tables. Find the SEER rating for your current system and cross reference it to the SEER rating of the new system.