How many of us remember the “housing boom” of the 1960’s. Subdivisions in Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates and Elk Grove Village seemed to appear overnight. The residents were young with young children and everything seemed shiny and new. Back then, natural gas costs were so low that no one thought of replacing HVAC systems just to save energy. Replacement was only considered when the furnace or air conditioners broke down – and could not be repaired.

Today, the rising cost of natural gas and other fuels are very real considerations when the decision to repair or replace a furnace or air conditioner is made. And while an evaluation by a reputable HVAC company is critical to making the decision, the good news is that when a new HVAC system is the best option, Nicor and ComEd have teamed up to offer rebates to homeowners opting to upgrade their systems to new, high efficiency furnaces and other equipment.

Rebates from $200-$400 are available to homeowners opting for a new furnace only. However, if the Air Conditioner (or other HVAC equipment) is also reaching the end of its useful life, there are even better rebate packages available. In fact, the installation of multiple pieces of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment will not only maximize energy savings, increase comfort, but also give residents peace of mind knowing that they have safe and reliable equipment in their homes. And these Value Package rebates are substantial – from $1,000 to $1,300, depending on the equipment’s efficiency rating and installation date. In order to take advantage of these rebates, however, applications must be postmarked or submitted online within 90 days of installation or by June 15, 2014. (See the website for further information.)

For further information and a free in-home estimate call JNL Climate Control. Their trained technicians can guide homeowners through the process. They can evaluate the home’s HVAC system and provide them with all of the information needed to make an informed decision about whether it makes sense to maintain or replace equipment.