PACE is relatively new, but word has been spreading to Florida homeowners fast! The PACE program began in California about a decade ago and became a massive success. Other states followed suit by adopting it, and Florida jumped onboard the PACE train! The Florida PACE program helps qualified property owners get financing for energy efficient improvements and upgrades at no upfront costs. This may include new roofing, solar panels, spray foam insulation, impact windows and energy efficient air conditioning systems (we’ll get to that).
The Property Assessed Clean Energy program is a huge success in Florida and continues to grow! The demand for PACE is high because it offers a great fixed interest and repayment alternative to traditional financing options. It has also allowed qualified homeowners an easy and affordable way to obtain financing for clean energy living. This saves them money, increases property values and helps protect the environment!
Becoming a PACE-approved contractor comes with strict requirements. And any contractor that wants to offer PACE financing must pass through a thorough screening. This includes a review of the contractor’s status with the state Contractor Licensing Board, as well as positive online reviews. Contractors must also abide by the rules of the program, which comes with strong consumer protections.
We Floridians can’t live without air conditioning, especially during the hot summer months! And PACE program financing can cover the costs of energy efficient improvements such as a new air conditioning system at no upfront costs.
So if you qualify as a property owner for PACE program financing, you can get an energy efficient AC system that practically pays for itself! And as we recently announced, Super Heat & Air is now an approved Florida PACE program contractor! That means we have another way to offer you affordable financing for a new air conditioning system. So if our regular financing methods aren't the right fit for you, we may be able to qualify you for PACE program financing instead!
Today’s air conditioners are manufactured with higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios, or SEERs. The SEER rating of an AC unit is the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. So if your AC has a SEER rating of 13 or less, it might be time to upgrade to a more energy efficient system.
And if your AC unit is more than 5 years old, it doesn't meet today’s higher energy efficiency standards. Air conditioners lose efficiency and chug more energy for a variety of reasons. These include the loss of cooling capacity; a lack of regular maintenance; dirty or leaky ductwork; improperly sized AC units; etc. AC systems approaching the decade mark in age were manufactured under subpar energy efficiency standards. So if your AC system is old or outdated, it's a major cause for lack of energy efficiency. And it’s probably running with R-22 refrigerant, which is obsolete and being phased out completely.