Combining a conventional heating system with a heat pump can reduce your carbon footprint, save you money on home heating costs, and keep your home at optimal comfort levels, but this process is much more effective if you have integrated controls that can automatically switch between these two options based on outdoor temperatures.
Mass Save offers rebates for purchasing central and mini-split heat pumps with integrated controls. To make sure you get to enjoy these savings, talk our N.E.T.R. Inc. HVAC specialists to see if your integrated controls appear on Mass Save’s qualifying product list.
Integrated Controls Rebates for 2019
If you add a qualifying central heat pump or mini-split heat pump with integrated controls to a ducted, non-ducted, or mixed-ducted system running on oil or propane, you can earn a rebate worth up to $500 per indoor unit, with a max rebate of $1500. The exact rebate amount varies based on the system’s actual tons, which refers to the AHRI cooling capacity of your system divided by 12,000 btus.
The list of eligible heat pumps with integrated controls includes approved control packages as well as dual fuel thermostats that can switch between your central heating and a heat pump system. The NEEP requirements must be equal to or greater than 15 SEER, 15 HSPF, or 1.75 COP at 5 degrees F.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps
Installing a qualified mini-split heat pump can also earn you a rebate. Heat pumps are an efficient heating and cooling option that feature an outdoor condensing unit, attached to one or more indoor air handling units with a series of very small tubing running through conduit.
These units allow you to add heating and cooling to areas that are not connected to your existing ductwork, and if you install the indoor air handling units throughout your entire home, you get the chance to split your home into zones, while also eliminating all the efficiency losses associated with ductwork.
Mini-Split Heat Pump Rebates for 2019
For a non-ducted mini-split heat pump, the rebate is $150 per ton as long as the heat pump appears on the NEEP qualified product list. With a ducted or mixed ducted heat pump, the efficiency needs to be equal to or greater than 15 SEER or 9 HSPF, and then, the rebate is $350 per ton.
Fuel Optimization Rebates
Fuel optimization rebates also apply to purchasing and installing mini-split heat pumps. Our experienced N.E.T.R. Inc. HVAC contractors can help you figure out if your system meets these requirements.
Fuel Optimization Rebates for 2019
If your primary fuel method is oil or propane, you may qualify for a rebate of $1,000 per ton for a ducted or mixed-ducted delivery system with an efficiency equal to or greater than 15 AHRI SEER or equal to or greater than 9 HSPF. For a non-ducted system on the NEEP qualified product list, you may receive a rebate of $1,600 per ton. In both cases, you either need to remove your central heating system or install integrated controls.
With electric heat fuel, the rebate is the same for ducted, non-ducted, and mixed-ducted systems. Again, the system must meet the same efficiency criteria noted above or be on the NEEP qualified product list. On top of that, there must be a 900-kWh difference between the total of three months of winter usage and the total of your three lowest usage months.
Tips for Success
To ensure you receive your rebates and don’t face any hurdles, you should keep the following tips in mind:
- Work with a MA-licensed HVAC contractor you trust.
- Ask your contractor to make sure your integrated controls qualify for a rebate.
- Learn about qualifying non-ducted heat pumps.
- Talk with your N.E.T.R. Inc. contractor about why you’re considering a heat pump – common reasons include reducing reliance on oil, propane, or electric resistance; adding heating or cooling to an individual room; and upgrading the heating and cooling in your whole home.
- Make sure you select the right size of unit for the area you want to heat and cool, while also keeping in mind the effect of freezing temperatures on your system.
Steps for Claiming a Mass Save Rebate
So that you know what to expect, here’s a look at the steps involved in earning rebates through the Mass Save program:
- Talk with an HVAC contractor at N.E.T.R. Inc. to identify the right equipment for your home.
- Review the rebate application with your contractor to ensure you have chosen qualifying equipment and meet any other criteria as required.
Mass Save HEAT Loan
Ready to upgrade? Want to earn a rebate, but need help financing your system? Then, you may want to look into the Mass Save heat loan program. Depending on your situation, you may be able to receive a loan for heating system replacement, buying new heat pumps, or even removing barriers such as knobs, tube wiring, or asbestos which is in the way of installing a new system.
Mass Save HEAT Loan Information for 2019
Mass Save HEAT loans are worth $25,000 with terms up to seven years, but terms vary based on your credit and the loan provider.
Alternatively, you may be able to qualify for a 0% interest loan through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to buy a high-efficiency wood pellet boiler. There are also income-based grants to remove asbestos and vermiculite and upgrade knob and tube wiring, as well as expanded loans for heating systems for two to four family units.
Finally, Eversource customers may qualify for a 0% interest loan for installing qualifying ductless systems through the HVAC Path 2019 program.
To learn more, contact us at N.E.T.R. Inc. to set up a home energy assessment to determine which upgrades may qualify for financing through this program.
Learn More About the Latest Rebates Available in Massachusetts by Calling N.E.T.R., Inc.
To get started on the path toward improved efficiency while also earning rebates, contact us today. At N.E.T.R. Inc, our qualified HVAC specialists work with both residential and commercial clients. We look forward to meeting your comfort needs.