If you purchase and install a high-efficiency air conditioning system before Dec. 31, 2013 you may be able to take advantage tax credits with qualifying equipment. The credit is limited to $50-500 depending on what you get. The great thing about investing in a high-efficiency A/C is that you’ll not only qualify for this tax credit, but you’ll also save on your energy bills long into the future.

What Air Conditioning Equipment Qualifies?

Air conditioning systems that qualify for the IRS tax credit includes:

  • Central air conditioning units and air-source heat pumps that meet the highest tier standards set by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE).
  • In most cases CEE requires a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of at least 16.

The credit for this equipment covers expenditures up to $300. Credits up to $50 apply to advanced main air circulating fans for cooling systems.

Where Can the A/C Be Installed?

The equipment must be installed in the principal residence of the taxpayer (meaning you). A/Cs and heat pumps in new homes is generally not eligible since it’s installed prior to occupancy.

How Do I Qualify for the Credit? 

Equipment manufacturers must certify that a specific system qualifies. Get a copy of this certification when buying these products from the manufacturer, contractor or retailer. Then use IRS form 5695 to apply for the incentive.

Let Us Install Your New Air Conditioning System

We at can be your go-to specialist for home comfort, as we are for so many other households in the Greater Cleveland area. For advice about using federal tax credits to buy a new air conditioner – and other residential comfort needs – please contact us at Stack Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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