Rebates abound, so don’t be short changed
As seasons change, many homeowners watch the weather forecast and wonder to themselves whether their HVAC system is going to perform when they really need it. Here in Minnesota, whether it’s the dog days of summer or the looming cold of winter, we with older systems, stand on the brink of each season wondering if our unit will answer the bell when it’s called upon. The last thing we want is to hit that first frigid morning and hit the furnace expecting it to fire up and receive nothing but the fan air blowing. Don’t gamble, if it’s time to upgrade your heating and cooling system, get it done sooner rather than later. When you do, you’ll want to be sure you know about available rebates and talk to people who can show you how to save money on your heating and cooling system.No, this isn’t a cheesy post on a new furnace sale, but what consumers need to understand is that when you purchase a new HVAC system there are rebates of which you can take advantage. Lots of rebates exist and not all heating and cooling companies will tell you about them, in some cases washing their hands of the responsibility. It’s not that they don’t want you to know, they just don’t want the hassle of sorting through the paperwork.
So, buyer beware: If you are working with a company that does not seem well informed about utility and government rebates, do some research and educate yourself. Here are some wonderful resources you can use to find out what cost savings may be available to you:
This is a fantastic site at which you plug in your zip code, click the work that you’re having done, submit and the site goes and pulls together the relevant rebates that are available for you.
This is a website managed by Xcel Energy that has additional rebates on things such as furnaces, boilers, central air conditioning, insulation and water heaters.
Dsire is actually an acronym that stands for Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. This is a site filled with information for the entire state and has information on property tax and sales tax incentives, state loan programs and of course utility rebate programs.
If you’re considering a Carrier dealer, you can also take advantage of “Cool Cash” savings of up to $1,450 on your new Carrier unit.
Of course, this may seem a bit overwhelming with several sources to consider, but Bob Rezac of Quality Heating and Cooling in Shakopee, MN says, “consumers should take the time to do their homework when it comes to rebates.”
Rezac says the biggest mistake people make is that they don’t get the most out of their rebates. In many cases, a higher efficiency unit has a higher rebate. You can argue that the cost is also higher, however Rezac says that in the long run that higher efficiency unit will save more money over a longer period of time.
Most people don’t look forward to investing in a new HVAC system, but we’re of the belief that it’s better to make the change when you can do your homework, take advantage of rebates and not put your family’s well being at risk! If you’re considering a new HVAC unit, study up and understand how you can save money when you make your purchase.
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