It seems like spring came and went in the blink of an eye, here in the Southwest!
Now, sweltering days of white-hot sunshine are the norm again and will be for several months. It makes sense, then, that affordable cooling options have been the main focus of the water cooler talk here at Solar Smart Living.
Although, if we’re honest, HVAC systems are pretty much always top of mind for our team.
When it comes to ductless heat-pump systems — our favorite option — we’ve covered the basics. From the health benefits of these HVAC mini-splits to personal case studies, the cost-saving benefits, and environmental perks, we thought we had discussed it all!
Then, the Inflation Reduction Act passed in 2022, and the energy-efficient air conditioner game changed forever. (Or at least until the tax incentives reach their end date.)
For modern homeowners looking to install or upgrade a mini-split heating and cooling technology before the dog days of summer, read on! Our team of sustainable energy experts has compiled our most current, most applicable tips for saving on installation and maximizing the benefits of your mini-split HVAC system.
Saving Money on Your HVAC Mini-Splits
Renter, homeowner, doesn’t matter! Any and all eco-conscious folks can achieve better temperature control and reduce energy waste by switching from traditional HVAC units and leaky duct systems to room-based heat pumps.
The best part, though?
Renters and homeowners alike can get a percentage of the installation costs back through the generous tax incentives set in place by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
HVAC Mini-Split Tax Incentives and Rebates from the IRA:
- Up to 30% back on the cost of installation, including labor.
- Up to $8,000 in rebates for heat-pump heating and cooling systems
- Additional credits up to $1,200 for related costs, like energy audits, electrical upgrades, and air-sealing materials
The heat pump tax credits made possible by the IRA are the most significant, most comprehensive saving options we’ve seen, well, ever. When combined with state-specific incentives, the initial cost of a heat-pump mini-split upgrade is now more accessible to families across the country.
That includes low-income families as well. If your family’s income is less than 80% of your state’s median household income, you can claim each and every rebate available.
Learn More: Homeowner’s Guide to the Inflation Reduction Act
Financing & Warranties
The rising popularity of heat-pump mini-split HVAC systems has given way to deals, discounts, and development options like never before. So, in case the tax incentives and rebates fall short, financing options can help bridge the gap.
At Solar Smart Living, we believe that environmentally friendly energy should be available to all families, regardless of income. Our team of sustainability professionals is proud to offer above-standard warranties for HVAC systems and flexible financing options.
Prequalify here for an additional $300 credit; your wallet — and the Earth — will thank you!
Preserving Your HVAC System Long Term
Now you know how to maximize your family’s budget for energy-efficient upgrades and can reap the benefits of a less wasteful system — lowered electric bills, better temperature control, improved health, etc.
Learn More: 4 Major Health Benefits of a Mini-Split System
But, you might ask, how can one ensure that this affordable, sustainable system continues providing these benefits for the long term? To which we’d delightfully reply:
Regular Filter Cleaning
One of the simplest yet most important maintenance tasks for your HVAC system is cleaning or replacing the filters regularly. Clogged filters restrict airflow and put unnecessary strain on the system, affecting its efficiency and performance.
Aim to clean the filters every one to three months, depending on usage, to keep the air flowing smoothly and maintain optimal system operation.
Keep Outdoor Units Clear
If your mini-split system has an outdoor unit, make sure it stays clear of any debris, vegetation, or obstructions. Regularly check the area around the unit and remove any leaves, branches, or other debris that may accumulate.
Ensuring proper airflow around the outdoor unit improves efficiency and prevents potential damage to the system.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
While some maintenance tasks can be performed by homeowners, the best practice is to schedule professional maintenance at least once a year. HVAC experts can inspect the system, identify any potential issues, and perform necessary cleaning and adjustments to keep your system running smoothly.
Regular professional maintenance helps catch problems early on and ensures optimal performance and energy efficiency.
Connecting Your HVAC System to Solar
Connect your mini-split heat-pump system to an effective, high-quality solar system!
Solar panels, as you probably already know, generate clean, renewable energy from the sun. By connecting your HVAC system to solar power, you can utilize this eco-friendly energy source to heat and cool your home efficiently.
Plus, if your home or business is already equipped with a stellar solar setup, pairing it with a mini-split HVAC system can then prevent energy from being wasted on outdated furnaces or air conditioners.
If you’ve yet to jump on the solar trend, then it’s important to know that space heating and air conditioning typically account for a huge portion of your overall energy usage and costs. Sometimes up to 50%! When your heating and cooling system operates as effectively as a heat-pump mini-split, the energy requirements of your home decrease.
This reduction in energy can translate to needing a smaller — and potentially more affordable — solar system down the road.
Combining All Saving Options for Your Mini-Split HVAC System
The impending heat might drain the moisture from our soil and the desire to go outside from our bodies, but it doesn’t have to drain your wallet this season.
With a mini-split HVAC system, you can make your home a haven of comfort and sustainability, while bidding farewell to high energy bills at the same time. Plus, our team of energy experts can guide you through the process — from upgrades and installation to navigating the tax incentives and long-term maintenance — so don’t sweat it!