Space heating is the largest use of energy in homes. A properly installed heat pump is two to three times more efficient than other alternatives and can provide you with both heating and cooling for today’s cold winters and hot summers.
A dual fuel ducted heat pump combines a heat pump and a gas or propane furnace for back up heating, distributing heat and cooling through ductwork connected to vents in each room. A switch-over set point temperature determines when the backup furnace turns on. For more information, see What is a heat pump and what are its benefits?
To access a rebate the installed system must meet the following performance requirements:
Heat Pump Type
Primary Fuel Before Upgrade
|Dual fuel ducted heat pump||SEER >16.00
(Variable Speed Compressor Not Required)
|Fossil Fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas)||$3,000|
- Homes switching from a fossil fuel (oil, propane or natural gas) space or water heating system to a heat pump may be eligible for:
- A heat pump upgrade counts toward the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus.
- You must live in an eligible home.
- The home must be a year-round primary residence that is at least 12 months old.
- You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
- Your home must be primarily heated (a primary heating system must have the capacity to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season to 21°C; a fireplace is not considered a primary heating system) with:
- Natural Gas or piped-propane supplied by FortisBC
- Natural Gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas
- Propane not supplied by FortisBC
- All upgrades must be installed by a licensed contractor with a GST number and a valid B.C. business license for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Heat pumps must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor). Self-installations are not eligible.
- As of July 1, 2022, you need to hire a Home Performance Contractor Network (HPCN) member for your heat pump installation to be eligible for heat pump rebates. If your installation invoice is dated before July 1, 2022, this requirement does not apply. To identify contractors in your region, use the Find a Contractor search tool.
- You may be eligible for one primary space heating system rebate per home, regardless of the number of systems installed. For example, you cannot get a rebate for a furnace and a heat pump, even if you install a dual fuel ducted heat pump. Your second rebate application will be denied.
- The new heat pump must:
- Replace the existing primary heating system.
- Be sized to function as the primary heating system of the home.
- Serve a main living area (e.g. family room, living room, or open-concept kitchen-living room).
- Have an AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the heat pump.
- The AHRI certified reference number for dual fuel ducted heat pumps must show the outdoor unit, indoor unit and furnace.
- Be listed as a qualified system on the Qualified Heat Pump Product List.
- Have the thermostat, outdoor temperature switch-over control or equipment control board set to the following temperatures for the life of the system:
- Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland: <5oC
- Southern Interior and Northern BC: <2oC
- Be sized to ensure that it has the capacity to meet the heat demand at or below the required temperature set points.
- Be installed in accordance with the Heat Pump Best Practices Installation Guide for Existing Homes.
- A heat load calculation is required and must be submitted to access the rebate, see What are the load calculation requirements for heat pumps?
- Your home must have had natural gas or propane as the primary heating system for at least 12 consecutive months. This may be confirmed by reviewing your utility billing history.
- Must be replacing an existing natural gas or propane furnace with a dual fuel ducted central heat pump as the primary heating system. Boilers are not eligible for a dual fuel ducted central heat pump rebate.
- Homes that are primarily heated by electricity, wood or other solid fuels are not eligible for a dual fuel ducted heat pump rebate.
- The system must be modified according to all applicable laws.
- Oil furnace integration is not eligible, except in Northern BC (BC Building Code Climate Zone 6, 7A, 7B or 8). For more information visit Am I eligible for a heat pump rebate if it is combined with an oil furnace as backup?
How to Apply
- Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Purchase an eligible heat pump and have it installed by a licensed contractor.
- Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices.
- If you are converting to a heat pump from natural gas, propane or oil (Northern climate zones only), use this online form.
- Important Note: if you are submitting an application for a bonus offer that includes both a heat pump and a natural gas fireplace or natural gas hot water heater, use this online form.
- The application form for individual upgrades must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.
- Low-Interest Financing is available as an alternative to heat pump rebates.
- Check out our rebate search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
- This rebate is funded, in part, by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.
Program Contact Information
- CleanBC Better Homes email@example.com