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HVAC Smart

HVAC Smart

Your Smartest Investment in Comfort

Hvac Smart Rebate Chart For WebOPPD completed a study to look at power generation and ways to reduce peak demand by 300 megawatts by 2023. As a result, we are offering OPPD Power Forward solutions, a portfolio of demand-side management programs.

Highlights 

  • Rebates are paid for qualifying high efficiency air conditioner and heat pump systems (see chart)
  • High efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps provide higher energy savings
  • Lower winter electric rate for qualified heat pump purchases. See Residential Conservation Rate 115
  • OPPD performs random verifications of installations to confirm optimum equipment efficiency

Choosing a Heating and Cooling Contractor

Quality installation of your heating and cooling equipment is one of the most important issues for you to consider. A quality installation is directly related to the long-term reliability and efficiency of your new system.

For guidance on finding the right heating and cooling contractor, take a look at the recommendations provided by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). These national heating and cooling organizations are respected in the industry and provide terrific guidance and customer information.

Choosing an Air Conditioner or a Heat Pump

  • Cost Savings. In addition to the energy savings from installing high efficiency equipment, a lower winter electric rate is offered to heat pump purchasers. OPPD’s Residential Conservation Heat Pump Rate – 115 covers the period from October 1 through May 31. 
  • AC vs. Heat Pump: An air conditioner provides cooling during the hottest days of the year. A heat pump is an air conditioner with a reversing valve, so it is able to heat and cool your home. 
  • In cold weather, the heat pump moves heat from outside into the house for dependable heating, eliminating the use of your furnace on all but the coldest days of the year.
  • In warm weather, the heat pump works like a standard high-efficiency air conditioner, moving heat outside from the inside air, cooling your home in even the hottest months. During the cooling cycle, the heat pump also dehumidifies the indoor air.
  • Since utility prices fluctuate, heat pumps optimize the best use of both gas and electricity – giving you the choice on how to manage your energy use.  

Eligibility

  • Must purchase new air conditioners and heat pumps
  • Systems must be 15 SEER or higher according to the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
  • Rebate is for equipment that conditions the living space. Sunrooms, garages, outbuildings, etc. not included.
  • Systems must be purchased on or after June 1, 2015. Rebates will not be retroactive. 
  • Rebate application must be submitted by your heating and cooling contractor
  • NOTE: Replacement of the indoor furnace or air-handler may be required to meet 15 SEER 

OPPD Recommendations

  • Your heating and cooling contractor should complete a load calculation to make sure the system is properly sized for your home. 
  • The contractor should evaluate your duct system and make recommendations to improve airflow. Improved airflow will also improve your comfort level.

Planning to replace your HVAC system…consider a low interest loan from the Nebraska Energy Office. The loans can be used to finance new high-efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps. 

Contact

Many answers to questions regarding air conditioner and heat pump rebates may be found in the HVAC Smart FAQ, or you may call 402-636-3753 or email rherek@oppd.com.