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Central air source heat pumps

If your home is heated with an electric furnace, consider installing a central air source heat pump. You could save on energy costs, plus you'll be eligible for a rebate of $1,200.   

Are you eligible?*

  1. You must be a residential FortisBC or municipal** electricity customer. 
  2. The heat pump must be installed in an existing home.
  3. You must purchase and install your heat pump by December 31, 2018.

*You can find a complete list of requirements under the terms and conditions.
**Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro.

Is a central system right for your home?
Central air source heat pumps are designed for homes with existing forced air heating, such as an electric furnace. Forced air heating means heated air is “forced” through ducting to deliver heat to individual rooms. A central air source heat pump uses existing ducts, but instead of heating the air with the electric furnace, it pulls heat from outside air. In the summer it does the reverse, and sends warm air inside the home to the outside for air conditioning.
Qualifying models

The heat pump must:

  • be a minimum of one ton
  • have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 15 or higher
  • have a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) of 8.5 or higher

Your contractor can help you select a qualifying model.

Find a heat pump installation contractor

Ensure your contractor has their TQ (Refrigeration Mechanic) ticket. We also recommend you have your system installed by a TECA Quality First Contractor or HRAI Member Contractor or AScT Mechanical Technologist. You can find a contractor through our Electrical Contractor Program.

Do you have electric baseboard heating?

An $800 rebate on an eligible high-efficiency ductless air source heat pump is available through the Home Renovation Rebate Program.

Prefer a loan to a rebate?

Amortize your payments over 10 years with our air source heat pump loan, available on both ductless and central air source heat pumps.

How to apply

For tips on applying for your rebate, watch our video.

  1. Review the terms and conditions.
  2. Install a qualifying central air source heat pump by December 31, 2018. 
  3. Apply online for your rebate with the following information: 
    • your FortisBC electricity account number or municipal account number from Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro 
    • your email
    • scanned copies of all paid receipts (Make sure they are clear, legible, itemized and indicate all relevant information such as the brand, model number and any other required information for your application.) See a sample invoice for specific requirements.
  4. Applications may take up to 90 days to process.


Qualify for additional rebates

If you’re making multiple energy-efficiency upgrades to your home, consider having an EnerGuide®* home evaluation first. As well as the heat pump rebate, you could qualify for an additional $750 bonus and insulation and draftproofing rebates through our Home Renovation Rebate Program.

*EnerGuide is an official mark of Natural Resources Canada.