HVAC Efficiency Program

Contractor Resources

Licensed contractors can receive discounts from participating distributors by selling qualified high-efficiency HVAC equipment. By offering your customers high-efficiency HVAC equipment, you’ll improve customer satisfaction—and your bottom line. 

It’s easy to help customers choose energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. If you're an HVAC contractor, simply visit a participating distributor to get discounts on qualifying equipment that you can also pass on to your customers:

Participating Distributors
Advanced Heating Technology Lennox
Aireco Northeastern Supply
Balsan Group-Johnstone Supply Peirce-Phelps
Carrier Mid-Atlantic R.E. Michel
Crossroads Thos. Somerville
Ferguson T Stats Supply
Goodman United Products
H.M. Sweeny United Refrigeration, Inc.
HVAC Distributors, Inc. Wallace Group-Johnstone Supply
Johnson Controls dba York International WaterFurnace International

Ready-to-Install High-Efficiency HVAC Equipment

To get started, ask your HVAC distributor about high-efficiency equipment options. Don’t see your preferred HVAC distributors on the list? Have them call us at 1-443-948-6193 to become a participating distributor.


High-Efficiency HVAC Equipment That Qualifies for Program Discounts:
(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,
≥ 12.5 EER and ≥ 9.0 HSPF
Air Source Heat Pump Tier 2 ≥ 18 SEER,
≥ 12.5 EER and ≥ 9.5 HSPF
Ductless Heat Pump Single-Zone ≥ 18 SEER,
≥12.5 EER, and ≥ 9 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 Thermostat ENERGY 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)

*New construction homes that are not ENERGY STAR certified are eligible to receive a rebate for installed geothermal heat pumps.


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.