FORT MYERS, Fla. - The state is trying to give consumers $1,500 for buying a new energy efficient air conditioner unit, but meeting the requirements could cost you more than you're getting back.
Florida is giving away $15 million in rebates during the new program that went into effect Monday.
But, for some, the cost to become eligable could be nearly twice as much as they're planning on getting in return.
According to the state program's website there are 4 requirements for eligibility.
To Apply for the Rebate, a Florida homeowner must purchase and install a new HVAC system, have their duct system tested with a resulting leakage score of no more than 15 percent (0.10 Qn.out), and submit a completed rebate application form, along with four additional documents:
1. A copy of the HVAC system price and payment receipt with the purchase date, make and model clearly identified to ensure the system meets Federal Energy Tax Credit standards and the home address,
2. A copy of the mechanical building permit, with the home address identified, issued by either your county or city for your HVAC system replacement which is a requirement of the state when replacing an HVAC system,
3. A copy of the summary (first page) of the ACCA Manual J program, used to properly size the HVAC system, and
4. A copy of the Air Distribution System Test Report completed and indicating the home has no more than 15 percent leakage as evidenced by a score of 0.10 Qn.out.
But some experts say finding a certified contractor to complete the air duct test might be hard to come across, with just under 200 certified within the state.
If a customer's unit is leaking more than that 15% threshold, it could cost up to $3,000 to get it to par - allowing the to become eligible for the refund.