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January 2020 Top HVAC Stories

We start the year with 5 important new stories with actionable information.

Top 5 HVAC News Stories for January 2020

Rebates, insulation, smart thermostat and more.

Local Equipment Rebates are Available

Federal tax credits expired a few years ago.

However, most local utility companies DO offer rebates on the purchase of efficient HVAC equipment, water heaters and more.

Take Massachusetts, for example. Here are a few rebates offered there. They are similar to rebates available in other states.

  • Heat pumps and air conditioners: Up to $1,600
  • Natural gas furnaces: Up to $2,750
  • Propane furnaces: Up to $2,300
  • Heat pump water heaters: Up to $600
  • Smart programable thermostats: Up to $100
  • Insulation: 75% to 100% rebate

Find rebates where you live by calling your local utility company or searching its website or by searching on the site for the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency – DsireUSA – that lists rebates for all 50 states.

Another option is to use the free, no-obligation contact form on this page to get estimates from local HVAC contractors. Most know what rebates are available where you live.

The Value of Attic Insulation

Insulation is cheap – and it’s return on cost is outstanding.

This post from Energy Star discusses how much insulation is recommended for your home based on where you live.

US map showing recommended insulation levels for retrofitting existing wood-framed buildings

Column 1 is the Zone. Column 2 is the amount of insulation that should be added to an uninsulated attic. Column 3 is the amount of insulation to add if you already have 3-4 inches of insulation. The last column is recommended floor insulation.

1R30 to R49R25 to R30R13
2R30 to R60R25 to R38R13 to R19
3R30 to R60R25 to R38R19 to R25
4R38 to R60R38R25 to R30
5 to 8R49 to R60R38 to R49R25 to R30

Are you Getting the Most from your Programable Thermostat?

Having a programable thermostat won’t save you a dime – if you don’t use it! It’s been estimated that you can save as much as 30% on utility costs with one.

We doubt most homeowners will save that much, but a programable thermostat will pay for itself shortly and then save you cash every month if you use it properly.

Here’s an Energy Star study that gets at the facts of saving energy costs with a programable thermostat.

Potential Heavy Weather On the Way

This forecast from NOAA discusses the potential for winter/spring flooding in the Mid-Atlantic states.

Stay Tuned for Content

WebHVAC pro writers are preparing guides to the best HVAC equipment for 2020. We’ll release the first of them shortly, so bookmark us if you’re interested and return to check it out.

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