tax creditDid you make an energy-efficient home improvement in 2012? That means you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $500. That’s because the 25C Tax Credit, which originally expired at the end of 2011, was reinstated as part of the bill to avoid going over the so-called ‘Fiscal Cliff.’ The decision means qualifying home improvements retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012 are eligible for the tax credit.

I know what you’re asking – which home improvements are eligible? For an air conditioner to qualify, it must:

A split system central air conditioner must meet or exceed 16 SEER and 13 EER.
Package system central air conditioners must meet or exceed 14 SEER and 12 EER.
An air source heat pump must meet or exceed 15 SEER and 12.5 EER and 8.5 HSPF, in order to qualify for the tax credit.
Package heat pump systems must meet or exceed 14 SEER and 12 SEER and 8 HSPF.
Information Courtesy: Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Other projects possibly eligible for the tax credit include new roofs, windows, doors, insulation and hot water equipment, just to name a few. Click here to read more about the 25C Tax Credit. The IRS will release information in the coming weeks on how to apply.



Ben Hubbert is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.