Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner or Heat Pump Rebate

Rebates of Up to $500 for Qualifying Systems.

If your heating and cooling system is more than ten years old or needs to be replaced, install an ENERGY STAR® -certified system to maximize energy savings.

You want your home to be comfortable year round, and now comfort and cost can be balanced with the selection of an energy-efficient heating and cooling system for your home.

Selecting the right system, and size of system, for your home has never been more important. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, heating and cooling account for up to 56 percent of energy used in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.

Fortunately, now there are a wide variety of energy-efficient systems available to heat and cool your home. In addition, many heating and cooling systems have supporting equipment in common, such as thermostats and ducts, which provide opportunities for more energy savings. Finding the most energy-efficient system is easy - just look for the ENERGY STAR®. An ENERGY STAR-certified central air conditioner is 15 percent more efficient than a standard system. Those savings can add up.

How We Can Help - We help make it affordable to upgrade your heating and cooling system with rebates of $200 per unit for central air - or even $500 per ton for heat pump systems - provided by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. Rebates apply to qualifying ENERGY STAR central air conditioning or heat pump systems.


How to Apply For a Rebate

Step 1 - Review the rebate application for details on qualifying heat pump and air conditioning systems.

Step 2 - Contact your heating and cooling contractor about what system is right for you. Rebates of $200 per unit or $500 per ton are offered for choosing a high-efficiency AC or Heat Pump.

Step 3 - Have your qualifying unit installed.

Step 4 - Submit your rebate application along with required documentation. Rebates are per-unit fixed amounts, paid directly to you, the consumer.

Who Is Eligible For a Rebate and Qualifying Systems

Residential customers of UI are eligible to receive incentives on the systems shown below. Equipment must be installed by a licensed contractor in the UI service territory.

Qualifying Systems

Qualifying systems are electric central air conditioning and air-source heat pump systems of matched assembly, in which both the condenser unit and the evaporator coil are installed simultaneously. A matched assembly is a model combination that is listed in the AHRI Directory of Certified Equipment. A matched assembly must also include the air handler, furnace or other component that is used to determine the rating according to ANSI/AHRI STANDARD 210/240-2008.

Eligible Equipment Type Minimum Efficiency For Rebate
(ENERGY STAR and AHRI Certified)
AHRI1 Rated Central Air Conditioning Split System 16 SEER2 / 12.5  EER

$200 per unit

AHRI Rated Air Source Heat Pump Split Systems 16 SEER / 12.5 EER / 10 HSPF4

$500 per ton

1 AHRI – Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute. All equipment must be rated in the AHRI Air Conditioners and Air Conditioner Coils or Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Coils Directories. Both can be found online on the AHRI website.

2 SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

3 EER – Energy Efficiency Ratio

4 HSPF – Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor


Visit our Ductless Split Heat Pump or Geothermal Heat Pumps pages for incentive information for those systems.


Differentiating High Efficiency HVAC Systems

There are a few kinds of HVAC systems you could have installed in your home which are dependent on where you live, square footage, construction type and cost. Listed below are the two types available for the rebate.

  • A split HVAC system is comprised of multiple sections, an indoor coil section in the ductwork and an outdoor coil section (compressor/condenser) installed on the outside of the home. Inside the home (attic, basement, closet) there may be a combined fan and air conditioning coil in one box or separate coil and fan sections which can house a gas or oil heating furnace. Note that the installed system must be a matched assembly to qualify for rebate (the two or three components must be matched; more information can be found on the AHRI Directory). Most often, all sections would require replacement to ensure the best efficiency.
  • A package system contains all components in one box (compressor, condenser, fan) and is typically found installed outside the home, in some cases on the roof and ducted into the home.


Call 877.WISE.USE (877.947.3873) for more information.