KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Workers with Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning have been pulling long days during the summer months, and they may get longer now that a state-backed rebate is going into effect.
"I think it's a good thing, especially the way the economy has been," said Damon Seal, service manager with Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
Today, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development began its rebate program on air conditioning and heating units with Energy Star designation.
Rebates are $250 for heat and air units; $150 for gas furnaces; and $40 for room air conditioners - effective on purchases made after April 22.
Damon Keith with Pioneer says crews stay busy when a rebate is in the air.
"A great time for people who've got it in the back of their mind, 'Do I need to change equipment now or do it later," according to Seal.
The money for the rebates, about $5.9 million dollars, is from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Program and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"If I were gonna buy a unit, go with $250 if I had to have one," said Mike Hilton, a consumer. "Probably more enticing a little more at least $500."
Some consumers wish the rebate was a bit more while others say a rebate won't affect their buying habits.
"Supply and Demand. I think the price of things should be dictated by that not so much the government giving me money back," said Steve Haugen, a Knoxville resident.
But those who service your units say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Said Seal: "A planned change-out is much better than emergency change-out because it inconveniences you."
The rebates will be distributed as a prepaid Citibank MasterCard.
They will continue until the $5.9 million dollars has run out or until Feb. 17, 2012 - whichever comes first.
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