MassSave Heating and Cooling Rebates Available for 2019

MassSave Heating and Cooling Rebates Available for 2019

MassSave is offering new rebates and incentives on residential heating and cooling products and installation. Now is a good time to consider upgrading, replacing or converting your heating and cooling equipment.

New heat pumps, furnaces or boilers can save money on your heating and cooling bills year-round. If your home heating and cooling equipment was installed before 1992, your savings could be even larger. The new rebate programs also allow you to save on conversions from one fuel type to another.

Just a note about the acronyms and abbreviations you’ll find below:
AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
EER: Energy Efficiency Ratio
HSPF: Heating Season Performance Factor
SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

Here is a look at some of the new rebate programs.

Air conditioning

The available air conditioning rebates are based on the size and the efficiency of the air conditioner. If you have an old ducted air conditioning system or you want to install a new one, you can claim a rebate of $50 per ton rebate. This assumes that your new air conditioning system has a SEER ≥ 16 and an EER ≥ 13.

Air Source Heat Pump Rebates

You can claim a rebate of $350 per ton on air source heat pumps that have a SEER ≥ 15 and a HSPF ≥ 9.

If you would like to use an oil or propane system in combination with an air source heat pump, you can also claim a rebate of $1,000 per ton on an air source heat pump with a SEER ≥ 15 and an HSPF ≥ 9 if the replacement system also features integrated controls. Integrated controls manage the selection of either the oil/propane system or the air source heat pump, depending on the outside temperature. You could instead claim a rebate of $1,600 per ton if the selected air source heat pump meets the Cold-Climate Air-Source Heat Pump Specification V3.0 and features integrated controls.

You can claim a credit of $150/ton on a ductless air source heat pump, provided the selected system meets the Cold-Climate Air-Source Heat Pump Specification V3.0.

If you already use an air source heat pump and an oil/propane system in combination, you can claim a rebate of between $500-$1,500 if you add qualified integrated controls to your system. You can claim one $500 rebate for each zone, up to a maximum of $1,500.

Natural Gas Furnace and Boiler Rebates

If you want to install or replace a warm-air furnace, you can claim a rebate of between $950 and $1,250, depending upon the efficiency of the new system. To qualify for this rebate, the replacement furnace must be at least 95% efficient and must be equipped with an Electronic Commutated Motor (ECM) or an advanced furnace fan system.

If you want to replace a forced hot water boiler, you can claim a rebate of $2,000 on boilers with an AFUE ≥90% and outdoor reset controls. On new boilers with a AFUE ≥95%, the rebate climbs to $2,750, provided the new unit also has an outdoor reset control.

On combination condensing boilers/on-demand water heaters, you can claim a rebate of $2,400, provided that the new boiler has an AFUE ≥ 95% and is a single-unit device.

If you do not want to replace your boiler, but you’d like to make it more efficient, consider adding an outdoor reset control. An ORC can be added to an existing unit to help make your home more comfortable on milder winter days that don’t require maximum output from your boiler. Outdoor reset controls can lower your heating costs between 5% and 30%, depending upon the boiler and temperature conditions. If you have an oil or propane boiler, you can claim a $100 rebate on an after-market ORC. If you have a natural gas boiler, you can claim a rebate of $225.

If you’d like more information about these rebate programs, or would like to know how you can take advantage of them, please contact us at Boston Standard Company at (617) 288-2911. We’ll be happy to explain your options, make recommendations and start the installation and rebate processes.

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Early Boiler Replacement Program Now Includes Furnaces

Massachusetts customers of NSTAR and National Grid can participate in the MassSave Early Boiler Replacement Program beginning April 15. Consumers who replace a working forced hot water boiler or steam boiler that is at least 30 years old may qualify for rebates of between $1,900 and $4,000, depending upon the type of boiler being replaced and whether the boiler is being installed in a personal residence or rental property. Qualifying forced hot water boilers must have an AFUE rating of 90% or better. Qualifying steam boilers must have an AFUE rating of 85% or better.

A new feature of this year’s program includes rebates for replacement natural gas furnaces. Homeowners can receive rebates of $1,000 on the purchase and installation of a replacement furnace with an AFUE rating of at least 95% and an electronically commutating motor (ECM). The existing furnace must be at least 12 years of age and must be fueled by natural gas, propane or heating oil. The newly installed furnace must use the same type of fuel as the equipment it is replacing. (Conversions are not eligible to participate in this program.)

Whether you want to take advantage of the Early Boiler Replacement program or the Early Furnace Replacement program, the key is that you must be replacing a working boiler or furnace. Non-operational equipment is not eligible for this replacement program. The first step in participating in this program is to have a MassSave Home Energy Services Program Site Visit performed by a participating contractor, like Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating. The site visit must be performed between April 15, 2014 and September 30, 2014, and the replacement equipment must be installed by October 31, 2014. Once the installation has been completed, submit the rebate form (available at the MassSave website) and the required documentation, and MassSave will process your rebate request.

Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating can also help you with financing options on qualifying boilers and furnaces to make this important home improvement project as painless as possible. Taking advantage of this boiler/furnace replacement program can allow you to begin saving money on operational costs immediately this fall. In addition, summer is the ideal time to perform a boiler or furnace replacement.

If you would like more information about the Early Boiler Replacement program, or the Early Furnace Replacement program, please give us a call at Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating at (617) 288-2911 for details. We can help you get your MassSave Home Energy Services Program Site Visit scheduled and help you select qualifying, high-efficiency replacement home heating equipment.