Central Air Conditioners

Get cool cash for energy-efficient central air conditioning

When temperatures soar it's essential to keep your home cool. But maintaining a comfortable home doesn't have to mean soaring electricity bills. An energy-efficient central air conditioner that is the right size for your home and is properly installed and maintained can keep your home comfortable and significantly reduce your electricity bill. ENERGY STAR® qualified central air conditioners are approximately 14 percent more efficient than standard models. If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model could cut your cooling costs by up to 30 percent! Using less energy means more money back in your pocket, and optimizing the performance of your cooling unit helps to avoid the emission of planet-harming greenhouse gases. If you want to install a central air conditioner, or it's time to replace an old unit, consider buying an energy-efficient model.

Energy Saving Benefits

  • Cut cooling costs by up to 30 percent when you replace an old unit with an ENERGY STAR qualified unit
  • Use less energy and be more comfortable in your home

Environmental Benefits

  • Help avoid global warming by using less energy
  • Promote cleaner air by optimizing the performance of your cooling unit

Getting Started

Prior to starting a project, find a contractor using the California Participating and Program Qualified Contractors list. Note that select incentives must be completed by a Program Qualified Contractor. Review the Incentive Application with your contractor to determine eligibility requirements, incentive qualifications and review the list of required documents to submit for an incentive.

Incentive Application and required documents must be received within 90 days of the purchase or completed installation. Incentive checks are issued within 45 days of receipt of the completed and approved Incentive Application. Incentives are not to exceed the purchase price of the equipment or service. Equipment and service work may be inspected for compliance. Incentives are subject to tariff approval and may change with 45 days notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for questions regarding contractors or how to receive your incentive.

Available Incentives

Equipment Purchases and Services
Customer Incentive
Contractor Incentive
Central air conditioner equipment
(15+ SEER, 12.72 EER & TXV)




Central air conditioner equipment
  • Work must be completed by either a Participating or Program Qualified Contractor
  • Equipment must have a minimum efficiency of 15 SEER, 12.72 EER and TXV (factory or field installed TXV)
  • Equipment must be a new, air-source split or packaged unitary air conditioner with an Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard Rating Cooling Capacity of 65,000 BTU/hr (5.4 tons) or less.
  • Equipment efficiency will be assessed based on the AHRI certificate evaluation of the indoor and outdoor units and how they operate with the air handler. The AHRI directory can be found online at www.ahridirectory.org
  • For units added to existing air handlers, documentation must be submitted in addition to the AHRI certificate showing air flow of 350 CFM per ton minimum. Contractors must provide documented air flow and testing procedure details
  • Incentive application and required documents must be received within 90 days of purchase and completed installation

Need help?

    These helpful forms can assist you in the process of submitting your application materials.

  • Review the list of HVAC required documents to submit with an incentive application
  • Take a look at the program-accepted proof of payment options