HVAC Program

Heating and cooling costs the average homeowner about $930 a year – nearly half their total energy bill. Find ways you can save on your heating and cooling costs here.

Find out how much money you could save when you upgrade your HVAC equipment.

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Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioners provide the function of air-cooling, and may include the functions of air-circulation, air-cleaning, dehumidifying or humidifying.

Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by more than $200 annually*.

Air-to-Air Heat Pumps

Air-to-Air Heat Pumps provide the function of air heating with controlled temperature, and may include the functions of air-cooling, air-circulation, air-cleaning, dehumidifying or humidifying.

ENERGY STAR certified heat pumps have higher ratings for heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) and use about 5% percent less energy than conventional new models*.

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps

Mini-Split Heat Pumps cut heating costs in half compared to conventional electric heating systems and cut cooling costs by 30% compared to conventional room air conditioners. Also because they transfer heat instead of generating heat, ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini-split heat pumps use 60% less energy than standard home electric resistance-based heating systems*. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available, because they use the earth's natural heat to provide heating, cooling, and often, water heating.

ENERGY STAR geothermal heat pumps are over 45 percent more energy efficient than standard options*.

Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps

Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP) are very much like a high-quality version of the window-mounted air conditioner with the heat pump accessories added.

High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months.

Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners

Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) are air conditioning units intended for mounting through the wall that have a wall sleeve and a separate encased combination of heating and cooling assemblies.

Furnace Fans (Retrofit or New to ECM)

An electrically powered device used in residential central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for the purposes of circulating air through duct work. A furnace fan consists of a fan motor and its controls, an impeller, and sheet metal housing.

Furnace fans are up to 15 percent more energy efficient than baseline models and can save up to $85 a year in energy costs*.

Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling temperature settings in your home for optimal performance. Many smart thermostats learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away.

Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs*.

Circulating Pumps

A high efficiency circulating pump is a component of a heating and air conditioning system that allows the system to perform with increased efficiency while significantly reducing the system's electrical usage.

Experienced and professional, a participating contractor can assess your current system, explain your options and perform a quality system tune-up or installation. Before you select a contractor, be sure to check out ENERGY STAR's 10 Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor.

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Help with Loans

Learn how to save even more with loan options offered by the Maryland Clean Energy Center. Loans are available to help cover the cost of certain home improvements. There are also grants available for up to $3,000 for geothermal systems from the Maryland Energy Administration.

The BeSMART Home Loan Program provides financing to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. By replacing and upgrading appliances, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, and whole house envelope improvements – homeowners can save on the utility bill.

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  • *Source: energystar.gov
  • **Ductless air conditioners refer to mini-split air conditioning systems with an outdoor condensing unit and an indoor wall mounted or ceiling mounted air handler.