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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org