Forced-air furnace & air-conditioning combinations

Did you know that it’s possible to combine your natural gas furnace with an air-conditioning unit for central cooling? It’s true! Because most natural gas furnaces are also compatible with air-conditioning, you can experience climate control year-round in your home.

With a natural gas furnace/air-conditioning combination, no back-up heating source is required. You can enjoy the comfort and convenience of natural gas and save money.

Natural gas furnace + air-conditioning unit = cool savings

Natural gas is about one-third the cost of electricity, and is the most cost-effective fuel. Based on current gas rates, a single family home with average energy use can expect to save up to $250 per year in fuel costs1 by choosing to cool the home with a natural gas furnace/air-conditioning combination.

Annual fuel cost – space heating and cooling1

Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast

A graph showing the annual cost in Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast of a Natural gas furnace with central air conditioning ($575) and an Air source heat pump ($790) (18-224.6)

Connect to gas

If you’re not already connected to gas, the process is simple. Find out how you can get up to $2,700 in rebates when you install a natural gas heating system, or a heat and hot water system.

If you’re an existing natural gas customer, learn about our rebates & offers

Calculate your savings

Want to know how much you can expect to save in fuel costs by pairing a natural gas furnace with an air-conditioning unit? Check out our handy home energy calculator.

Connect with a contractor

If you’re switching to gas, you’ll need a licensed professional to install your natural gas heating system.

The FortisBC Trade Ally Network directory provides you with easy access to trained and certified gas contractors in your community.

1These are approximate annual costs for space heating and cooling of a typical household in Victoria. A typical household is defined as a single family house approx. 2,300 square ft. with average insulation. Anticipated savings will be the difference between annual natural gas and electricity. Calculations compare a 95% efficient natural gas furnace paired with Central AC with a SEER of 16, and an electric air source heat pump with an HSPF of 9.5 and SEER of 16. Comparisons are based on FortisBC natural gas rates as of September 2018, BC Hydro electricity rates as of April 2018. Both gas and electric prices are subject to change. These include applicable carbon tax. Savings may vary by household and do not include potential rebates and/or incentives.