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Act Now for Energy Star Tax Credits Through December 31, 2016!

Have you been on the fence about purchasing a new furnace or air conditioner? If so, you may want to consider making the purchase before the end of the year to take advantage of tax credits that expire as the year comes to a close. Want to learn more about how you can benefit from tax credits? Quality Degree, Inc. is here to help! We install efficient Energy Star products for customers throughout Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania and are always happy to help you get the best deal on an energy efficient furnace or air conditioner.

Quality Degree installs numerous HVAC models/systems that qualify for Federal Tax Credits! We have included a list below; however, we would be more than happy to discuss any system and its qualifications in greater detail with you.

  • Gas or Oil Furnaces with an AFUE rating of 95 or higher: $150 Credit

  • Mini Split Air Conditioners with a SEER rating of 16 or higher or EER rating of 13 or higher: $300 Credit

  • Central AC Packaged Units with a SEER rating of 14 or higher or EER rating of 12 or higher: $300 Credit

  • Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters with an Energy Factor of 3 or higher: $150 Credit

  • Gas, Oil or Propane Heat Pump Water Heaters with an Energy Factor of 0.82 or higher: $150 Credit

  • Gas, Propane, or Oil Hot Water Boilers with an AFUE rating of 95 or higher: $150 Credit

  • Mini Split Air Source Heat Pumps with a SEER rating of 15 or higher or EER rating of 12.5 or higher: $300 Credit

  • Packaged Air Source Heat Pumps with a SEER rating of 14 or higher or EER rating of 12 or higher: $300 Credit

What do the ratings mean? They all have to do with using energy efficiently, but here are the specifics:

  • AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This rates the amount of heat your furnace delivers for every dollar spent on fuel.

  • SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. A higher the SEER rating equates to lower energy costs.

  • EER: Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the EER rating, the more energy efficient the heating or cooling performance.

  • HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. Rates the efficiency of the heating portion of a particular heat pump. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. New units in the US have HSPF ratings from 7.0 to 9.4.

  • Energy Factor: The measure of overall efficiency. For water heaters, the energy factor is determined based on three factors: 1) the recovery efficiency, or how efficiently the heat from the energy source is transferred to the water; 2) stand-by losses or the percentage of heat lost per hour from the stored water compared to the content of the water: and 3) cycling losses.

Quality Degree is an energy-conscious HVAC company focused on making a positive impact on our customers, our community and our planet. We proudly offer Energy Star products to our Central and Southern PA area customers for a variety of reasons, but here are three of the most reasons why we believe you should consider an Energy Star Qualified System:

  • Better for your wallet: With up to half of your home’s energy usage going to heating and cooling, fuel bills are a significant part of most household budgets. Energy Star products use fuel more efficiently so you don’t use as much, which equates to lower fuel bills every month.

  • Better for the environment:  Conserving fuel helps reduce your carbon footprint and makes less of an impact on our environment. Installing energy efficient heating and cooling products is the right thing to do!

  • Better for your home comfort: For many of us, the bottom line is the comfort. Energy Star products are built to heat or cool efficiently without sacrificing comfort.

For more information about the Energy Star HVAC and/or plumbing systems we install or take advantage of the expiring tax credits, give us a call at (610) 600-1108!