HVAC Efficiency Program

Improve the Efficiency of Your Heating and Cooling Equipment

Is your heating or cooling system noisy? Do you notice excess dust collecting in your home? These may be signs that it is time to replace your HVAC system. Upgrading to high-efficiency HVAC equipment can help you save up to 20% annually on energy costs.

Other signs it may be time to replace your HVAC system: 

  • Your equipment needs frequent repairs, and your energy bills are going up.
  • Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.
  • Your equipment is more than 10 years old.

Not sure how old your unit is or if it is time to replace it? Contact your contractor or click here to learn more.

Why Choose High-Efficiency Equipment?

  • Better Savings: Nearly half of the energy in your home goes to heating and cooling. A properly installed and maintained system can reduce energy use, improve comfort, and help you save money.
  • Increased Comfort: It’s a difference you can feel. With even temperatures, controlled humidity, less noise, and dust, you will enjoy the new comforts of home.
  • Better Quality: High-efficiency equipment will last longer, and you’ll be less likely to need costly repairs.


New 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 here.


You may be eligible to receive Inflation Reduction Act federal tax credits* of up to 30% of the project cost for high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® certified hybrid water heaters and air source heat pumps (up to a maximum credit of $2,000 per year). For more information, visit these sites: Air Source Heat Pumps Tax CreditHeat Pump Water Heater Tax Credit or talk with your contractor. 

Already upgraded to a high efficiency unit? Make sure your equipment stays in peak performance by scheduling an annual check-up with your contractor and taking simple actions you can do yourself. Click here to learn more.


High-Efficiency HVAC Equipment:

Equipment (AHRI Rated)Efficiency Level
Central Air Conditioner Tier 1≥ 16 SEER and ≥ 12.5 EER
Central Air Conditioner Tier 2≥ 18 SEER and ≥ 12.5 EER
Air Source Heat Pump Tier 1≥ 16 SEER and ≥ 12.5 EER and ≥ 9.0 HSPF
Air Source Heat Pump Tier 2≥ 18 SEER and ≥ 12.5 EER and ≥ 9.5 HSPF
Ductless Heat Pump Single-Zone≥ 18 SEER,       
≥ 12.5 EER and ≥ 9.0 HSPF
Ductless Heat Pump Multi-Zone≥ 15.5 SEER,       
≥ 12.5 EER and ≥ 8.6 HSPF
Geothermal Heat Pump (Closed Loop)**≥ 17.1 EER and ≥ 3.6 COP
ENERGY STAR® Certified Smart ThermostatENERGY STAR Certified

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), is most commonly used to measure the efficiency of a central air conditioner operating over an entire cooling season. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system.

Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is a measure of how efficiently a cooling system will operate when the outdoor temperature is at a specific level (95°F). The higher the EER, the more efficient the system.

(Source: ENERGYSTAR.gov)

*Pepco is not a qualified tax consultant. This information is not intended as personal tax advice. Please contact a tax professional or CPA to confirm details specific to your qualifications and eligibility or visit www.irs.gov to learn more.

**Geothermal products installed at new construction homes that are not ENERGY STAR certified are eligible for a rebate.


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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. To learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate, click here.