Whether your home is in Medford, Malden or one of the surrounding Massachusetts towns, these are the best of times if you happen to need a new furnace. Furnace and heating home technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, and you can get a Mass Save furnace rebate from the government that will pay for a good chunk of your furnace. But which new furnace should you buy? And what about heat pumps, if you’re eligible for a rebate? Shouldn’t you go that route, given that heat pumps seem to be having a moment when it comes to cost savings and energy efficiency?
These are good questions, and at 128 Plumbing, we can help you answer them. We’ve recommended, maintained and serviced thousands of furnaces in Malden, Medford and the surrounding towns, so we know the technology and the rebates and incentives that are available. That means we can help you figure out what’s best for your home and needs.
Mass Save Rebates, State Incentives and Your Furnace
Mass Save is especially geared to replace older furnaces, which definitely applies to many Malden and Medford homes that need weatherization connected solutions. In fact, if your furnace is over 12 years old, you can qualify for a special early replacement rebate from Mass Save. You can even do this at the same time you replace your older Medford or Malden air conditioner unit if it, too, is 12 or older. The idea behind this is to do a total technology update that will cover you year round. You’ll be cool in the summer and warm and cozy in the winter, and your new furnace will be energy efficient for years. That means your Malden or Medford house will be future proofed as new technology comes on line.
The other part of this double replacement lies in the technology itself, which is being installed in new construction to offer connected solutions services. In most current older systems that rely on oil or natural gas, systems, the furnace and the AC work based on the same combination of a blower system and air handler. That means if you only replace one, the other will have to work that much harder, which increases the chance that the harder working heating or cooling unit can fail.
The money number
The exact rebate for your furnace is $1,750, and the same number pertains to your air conditioning. At 128 Plumbing, we’re ideally qualified to help you make the best choice when you replace both of these units at once, whether you’re in Malden or Medford or one of the surrounding towns.
How Your Furnace Fits Into Your Home Heating Equipment Needs?
In some homes that have newer home heating systems, furnaces are playing second fiddle to a heat pump. This doesn’t mean they’re not important; it’s more an acknowledgement that they’re not as energy efficient as a heat pump, especially when the cool or cold temperatures in Medford, Malden and other Massachusetts towns like Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, etc. are relatively mild.
How Does Your Furnace Work With a Hybrid Heating and Cooling System?
The systems that do this are called hybrid systems because they rely on dual energy sources. Most furnaces use gas or oil, while heat pumps use electricity. The idea behind them is to use the heat pump as the primary heat source, with the furnace in reserve when the cold turns severe in Medford, Malden and beyond. When that happens, the furnace steps up and acts as an “old reliable” heating source, just to make sure you’re warm and comfortable. In many of these hybrid heating systems, this process is regulated by smart technology that chooses the energy source depending on the temperatures. When they’re mild, the heat pump does the work. When severe cold hits, the furnace takes over to supply the necessary heat.
Energy Efficiency and Your Furnace
Another great thing about buying a new furnace and getting a Mass Save rebate in Malden or Medford is the energy efficiency number, which is expressed as a percentage. High-efficiency furnaces check in at 90 percent or better, and they do cost more. But if you’re getting a rebate check as part of the Mass Save program, you can choose the highest rated furnace possible without having to blow up your budget.
How Do Furnace Rebates Work?
The Mass Save process in towns like Malden and Medford starts with an energy assessment that indicates that a furnace replacement is a good idea. After that you fill out some paperwork after making sure you’re eligible, then you buy your new furnace and have a company like 128 Plumbing install and test it.
Once all that happens, you get a check. This usually takes 10-12 weeks, which means you’ll barely have to make a payment on your brand new Medford or Malden furnace.
Programs that Fit Your Furnace Needs
Your new furnace isn’t the only piece of equipment that’s part of the Mass Save program. Depending on what kind of system you get, it may be a good idea to add a smart thermostat, and Mass Save can add a great payoff there, too.
Here’s how it works. Shop for the list of discount smart thermostats that Mass Save recommends in Medford, Malden, Reading, etc., and 128 Plumbing will give you more feedback about which ones are best for your new furnace.
When you buy the new furnace and have us install it, you get a rebate check or a price discount that’s worth up to $100. That means you’re effectively getting paid to save money and become more energy efficient, which is a tough deal to beat.
Getting an Energy Assessment as Part of Your Furnace Upgrade
The process starts with an energy assessment. This is essential—how do you know what to buy and upgrade, after all, without doing this in advance.
At 128 Plumbing, we’re pros when it comes to these assessments, and they’ll only take an hour or two of your time. We service towns all over Massachusetts, including Melrose, Wakefield, Malden, Arlington, Medford, etc. When we’re done you’ll know you’re getting the best possible equipment to maximize your energy efficiency and save the most money at the same time.
Using 128 Plumbing to Select the Best Furnace for You and Your Home
Evaluating your home energy usage can be confusing when you try and size up all the Mass Save options for equipment like furnaces, but at 128 Plumbing we have years of experience doing this.
We can do a home energy assessment that will help you understand your Mass Save furnace rebate situation, and we can also make appropriate recommendations about your Medford or Malden home energy system, your Arlington or Reading heating and cooling system, Wakefield appliances, and so on.
The process starts with a phone call. The numbers are (888) 419-4233 or (781) 670-3261. We’ll answer your questions and guide you through the process, and we can also schedule you for a home heating efficiency visit to evaluate your current system and give you an idea of what your best Mass Save rebate and incentive options are going forward.
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To get even more information, you can also go to 128Plumbing.com and start a live chat, and we have some great blogs and articles there to help educate you about Mass Save furnace rebate possibilities, and other forms of savings that are available through this program.