There is a federal tax credit ($150) for installing new high efficiency
furnaces between Jan 2006 and Dec 2007. The catch is that the furnace
needs to be 95% AFUE. That seems a tad high (Energy Star qualification
is 90%) and removes a lot of condensing furnaces from the credit,
including all of American-Standard/Trane condensing gas furnaces.
List of eligible furnaces: http://tinyurl.com/7wjmn It's a short list
since a lot of the condensing furnaces are 92 to 94.5 AFUE. Perhaps the
companies will increase their AFUE rating by enough to get them to 95
for next year's models?
There is also a tax credit for "electrically efficient furnaces" This
credit is $50 and is for furnaces whose fan uses no more than 2% of the
total energy use per year, regardless of AFUE.
A list of eligible electrically efficient furnaces is here:
Good luck! I just went through this. I replaced a packaged heat pump
complete. The most efficient unit available in the category (16 SEER,
8.2 HSPH) does not qualify for the credit. After half dozen emails
corresponding with the Department of Energy, whereby they kept
insisting there were units available, they finally admitted I was
right and there were not units that met their self imposed standard.
But if it wasn't a heat pump, only an air conditioning unit, 14 SEER
would qualify. Go figure.
It is truely a dumb new standard inacted by idiot burocretons. The best
names in the furnace business cant qualify by a half a percentage point.
Carrier has one 38000 btu unit that can, Lennox none @ 94, Armstrong @
94.5. Trane none, etc etc etc. If they only made the standard 93%, you
would cover every most company.
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