Published: Aug 30, 2010 11:26 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 30, 2010 7:46 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - You could save up to 30% off the cost of a new air conditioning system under a new statewide rebate program.  Florida has $15 million ready to pass out under the ENERGY STAR Residential HVAC Rebate Program.  The rebates are for air conditioners, air source heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps.  The state estimates it has enough money for nearly 10,000 rebates worth up to $1500 apiece.

New unit purchase qualifying must be purchased from Monday, August 30, through December 31 unless the money runs out before the end of the year.  Not home will qualify for the rebate program.  There are a few things you need to know before making a new purchase.

First, you need to have the air ducts in your home tested by a Florida Class 1 rater, Florida licensed mechanical contractor, or recognized test and balance agent.  That test will cost you about $350.  You may find that your ducts need to be repaired in order to qualify for the rebate.  The program requires that no more than 15% of the cool air produced is leaking.  If the test shows your ducts are leaking more than 15%, they will need to be repaired.

The state estimates about 12% of homeowners won't qualify because their ducts cannot be repaired.

For an application and more details, visit the rebate progam's website at http://www.rebates.com/floridahvac/.