I'm in the process of replacing my packaged heat pump. Decided I
would go up to the efficiency level that would get a tax credit.
The way I read the credit, you have to have an HSPH of 9, and EER of
13, and an SEER of 15 to qualify for the credit. I've been on a
number of manufacturers web sites and have yet to find an HSPH of 9 on
a packaged unit. Has the government specified a credit for something
that doesn't exist?
Not sure where around here is but this is a U. S. Federal tax credit.
You can buy an air conditioner and get a credit easily but if you buy
a heat pump it doesn't matter how high the SEER is you can't find a
packaged unit that meets the requirement for HSPH The fed. Gov. has
struck again with a credit that no one can take.
Yes, it does, however it is for a split unit. I'm replacing a
packaged unit and to do what is necessary to change the ducting and
provide a place for the evap/blower, high pressure lines and plenum
inside is out of the question. With a packaged unit all the
components are outside in one case. All Manufacturers make packaged
units but I've found none that meet the standard for the credit.
13 Seer is the new standard for energy star rating, but it takes 15
Seer to get the tax credit. I have googled 15 Seer package heat pump.
None that both exceed 15 Seer and 9 HSPH.
Also the Department of Energy that set the standard have not been able
to lead me to a unit that qualifies. I got an email back from a PHd
in the department with no help. Indicates that maybe in the
future....Hey, I'm ready to buy now.
Trane has made a 16 SEER packaged heat pump line for years with 2
compressors. They also had 2 model lines of packaged heat pump at 12
SEER. Lennox had 2 model lines of 12 SEER packaged heat pump. Carrier
had at least 1 model line of 12 SEER packaged heat pumps.
Residential. That (the Trane 16XL) is the one I was planning to buy.
I just assumed that it would qualify for the tax credit. But no,
because it does not have an HSPH of 9. Now get this. If I was just
going to buy the packaged air conditioner and not a heat pump, a 14
SEER qualifies. In that category, they have two standards, one for
split and one for packaged. Whoever wrote those standards did a
terrible job if the intent was to incentify homeowners to buy the most
efficient unit possible. If I converted to a split there are quite a
few that meet the standard up to 4 tons but none in 5 tons. And I
have an existing packaged unit so the conversion would be quite
expensive with regard to preparing a spot for the evap/airhandler and
modifying the supply/return plenums.
There are lots of residential packaged heat pumps out there in the 12
through 16 SEER ratings but none with an HSPH over 8.2
I've been trading emails with one of the people at the DOE that helped
to write the standards. He can't find one that qualifies. He claims
that the volume is much lower on the packaged residential units so
manufacturers have not caught up with them. My position is that if
you are willing to buy a 16 SEER unit you should get the credit
regardless of the HSPH rating, particularly in the deep south where
the SEER rating is most important.
Makes me mad every time I pay my taxes.
The problem is packaged units are sold to the commercial market. They are
never as efficient as the ones sold to the residential market. And isn't
the tax credit for individuals only?
Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
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