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Can I claim my new air conditioning / heating unit for an energy credit?

You might qualify for the nonbusiness energy property credit. This allows you to make improvements that increase the heating and cooling efficiency of your main home.

These improvements include:

  • Electric heat pumps
  • Central air conditioners
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil water boilers
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil furnaces
  • Advanced main air-circulating fan used in a natural gas, propane, or oil furnace
  • Biomass fuel stoves

Manufacturer's certification statements will tell you if your energy property qualifies. If you'd like to learn more about the credit, visit www.energystar.gov.

You must have installed the property in a home you owned and used as your main home at the time of installation. The amount of the credit in 2013 is 10% of the cost. This includes installation and labor costs. You can claim up to a maximum of $500 . Claim the credit on Form 5695.

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