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Dual-fuel heat pumps refer to heat pump systems where a Central Heat Pump is combined with a fossil fuel back-up.

  • Any heat pumps combined with oil heating are not eligible for a heat pump rebate, unless they meet the following criteria:
    • Residents of Northern BC (BC Building Code Climate Zone 6, 7A, 7B or 8) with premises heated primarily by an oil furnace before the heat pump upgrade are exempt from the requirement to remove and decommission the oil furnace. They may still use the oil furnace as a back-up heating source.
    • The thermostat, outdoor temperature switch-over control or equipment control board must be set to the following temperature for the life of the system:
      • Northern BC: 2oC
    • The heat pump must be sized to ensure that it has the capacity to meet the heat demand at or below the temperature set points above.  A heat load calculation is required, see What are the load calculation requirements for heat pumps?
    • The installed system must have an AHRI certified reference number and must be on the Qualifying Product List.
    • The AHRI certified reference number for dual fuel systems must show either the outdoor unit and indoor unit only, or the outdoor unit, indoor unit and furnace.
    • Products with a maximum static pressure of less than 0.6” WC are not eligible.
    • You may re-use the existing air handler to create a combination oil furnace/heat pump system. The system must be modified according to all applicable laws.
  • For help identifying which climate zone your home is in, check out our What is my climate zone?