HVAC Update for 2021
As of December 15, 2020, SMECO EmPOWER Maryland Programs are awaiting renewal by the Maryland Public Service Commission. Until funding is approved for 2021, any new HVAC installations scheduled with our authorized contractors may not qualify for SMECO HVAC rebates. Please check back in the coming weeks for updates or call 1-877-414-4094 with any questions.
Heating and cooling may account for as much as 50 percent of your home’s energy use. We offer instant rebates on qualified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. When you upgrade to high-efficiency equipment, you save for years to come through reduced energy costs.
During an HVAC appointment, many authorized SMECO contractors are taking additional precautions to ensure the safety of our members. Ask about safety protocols when scheduling your visit.
How It Works:
- Contact an authorized HVAC contractor or distributor
- Work with your authorized contractor or distributor to identify the best, energy efficient HVAC system for your home's unique needs.
- Choose your upgrades and have your contractor perform the installations.
- Your instant rebate will be reflected in your contract price.
Instant Savings on High-Efficiency HVAC Equipment:
|Equipment (AHRI Rated)||Efficiency Level***|
|Smart Thermostat||Qualifying ENERGY STAR Certified Models*|
|ASHP Tier 1||≥ 16 SEER,** ≥ 12.5 EER,† ≥ 9 HSPF‡|
|ASHP Tier 2||≥ 18 SEER, ≥ 12.5 EER, ≥ 9.5 HSPF|
|CAC Tier 1||≥ 16 SEER and ≥ 12.5 EER|
|CAC Tier 2||≥ 18 SEER and ≥ 12.5 EER|
|Ductless Mini Split ASHP||≥ 18 SEER, ≥ 12.5 EER, ≥ 9.0 HSPF|
|Multi-Zone Ductless Mini Split ASHP||≥ 15.5 SEER, ≥ 12.5 EER, ≥ 8.6 HSPF|
|Geothermal Heat Pump||≥ 17.1 EER and ≥ 3.6 COP|
*Limit three per household.
**SEER = Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating: A rating that denotes the efficiency of air conditioning equipment. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit and the lower the operating cost.
†EER = Energy Efficiency Rating: The ratio of an air conditioning unit’s cooling capacity in British thermal units (Btus) per hour to the total electrical input in watts.
‡HSPF = Heating Seasonal Performance Factor: The total heating output of a heat pump in Btus during its normal usage period for heating, as divided by the total electrical energy input in watt-hours during the same period.
§COP = Coefficient of Performance: A ratio that measures the efficiency of a heat pump. The higher the number, the more efficient the heat pump.
***Efficiency levels are in effect for equipment purchased on or after 06/17/2020.
Tips for Saving on Heating and Cooling:
- Maintain your HVAC systems with routine maintenance throughout the year. Our authorized contractors can help you set a maintenance schedule.
- Add insulation to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Install and use a smart thermostat.
- Choose ENERGY STAR® certified models when it is time to replace your equipment.
The Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credits are available for purchases made between 12/31/2017 and 12/31/2021. Qualified ENERGY STAR certified Air Source Heat Pumps and Central Air Conditioning units may be eligible for the Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit of $300. For more information on how to apply, consult your tax advisor or visit the ENERGY STAR website.
Financing Available for Heating and Cooling Upgrades:
Interested in financing opportunities for high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment? You may qualify for low-interest loans for recommended energy-efficient improvements. Find out more about financing options.
Get answers by calling 1-877-818-4094.
Jump-Start Your Savings:
As a residential SMECO member, you can order a complimentary energy-saving kit that includes six LEDs and an efficient-flow showerhead. Claim yours today.
Resources for HVAC Contractors:
Find out how you can expand business for your company while helping SMECO members instantly save energy and money on their heating and cooling systems.
EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. Learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate.
Source: ENERGY STAR