If You've Been Planning An HVAC Upgrade, Make Your Move While 2011 Tax Credits Are Still In Effect

Have you been thinking about replacing your furnace or installing a central air-conditioning system? If you act by December 31, 2011, not only will you save money on your utility bills this winter with a more energy-efficient system, but you also could qualify for as much as $300 in 2011 federal tax credits. The snow can start flying in mid-Ohio as early as the beginning of November, so don't delay.

What Are The 2011 Tax Credits For Energy Efficiency?

The 2011 federal tax credits for energy efficiency are for $50 to $300 towards the cost of parts and labor for qualifying energy-efficient improvements that you make to your home. These credits only apply to primary, existing, owner-occupied residences, not new houses, rental properties or vacation homes. And these credits are not being renewed for 2012, so you must act by December 31, 2011 in order to qualify. However, there are additional tax credits available through December 31, 2016.

In addition to the federal tax credits, a number of mid-Ohio utility vendors offer rebates for energy-efficient improvements to your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Participating vendors include AEP, Columbia Gas and Dominion East Ohio.

What HVAC Products Qualify For 2011 Tax Credits?

Several HVAC products are eligible for the tax credits, including:

  • Natural gas, oil and propane furnaces
  • Gas, propane and oil hot water boilers
  • Central air-conditioning systems
  • Advanced air main circulating fans

However, keep in mind that just because a product is Energy Star certified, that doesn't mean that it qualifies for a tax credit. A good HVAC contractor, like Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, can help you navigate the intricacies of tax-credit regulations so that you can find the heating or cooling system that's right for your situation.

If you're a mid-Ohio homeowner interested in taking advantage of the 2011 tax credits for energy efficiency, contact the professionals at Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating at 419 884-3278. We've been helping Ohio families stay warm since 1965, and look forward to answering all of your heating, cooling and plumbing questions.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about tax credits and other HVAC topics, visit our website.

Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc. services the Mid-Ohio area.

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