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Uncle Sam Wants You… to buy an air conditioner

September 21, 2009


On the heels of the popular ‘cash-for-clunkers’ rebate program, the federal government is following up with another rebate program aimed at your old air conditioner.

The political motivation is clear — greening the environment — but could you turn down as much as $1,500 from the federal government and $1,930 from Florida Power & Light?

How about hundreds in annual electric bill savings and increasing the market value of your home? Even the most staunchly libertarian individuals may have a tough time refusing this offer.

Among other great tips on taking advantage of this government rebate, the Palm Beach Post recommends installing the smallest air conditioner you can.

Pick the smallest unit you can.

AC units are measured by their cooling capacity, with sizes ranging from 2 tons to 5 tons.

If you need only a 3-ton unit, don’t bother to trade up to a 4-ton unit, said Glenn Aho of A&H Services in West Palm Beach. Smaller units not only are cheaper, they’re better at removing humidity. And they’re more efficient than larger units, which power on and off more frequently.

For more, visit the link below.

Cash-for-Clunkers for Air Conditioners [Palm Beach Post]

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2009 10:14 am

    The problem, the program is no help to people with smaller homes. We had to replace our unit this past summer and looked into the rebate program. With our home size the correct size = 13 EER. To get a rebate from FPL or the stimulus rebate it must be 14 or 15. I forget which was which. I think FPL was 14.

    Oh, well. The new AC has cut our power bills.

    It is important to get the correct size for your home.


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