We have a lot of people asking about how they can benefit from heat pump rebates offered by the government. Navigating the current heat pump rebates is not easy, so we have put together a summary of the key points you need to know when considering purchasing a heat pump in Surrey, Langley, White Rock, or the surrounding area.
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Heat Pump Rebate Info
Typically, a heat pump system qualifies for a $4,000 or $5,000 NRCAN (federal) rebate, and a $3,000 Clean BC (provincial) rebate for a total of $7,000 to $8,000. It is important to note that these are two separate programs that require two separate rebate applications.
To apply for the federal rebate, your first step is to hire an approved energy auditor to conduct an energy audit of your home before the new heating/cooling system is installed. This has an additional cost, but there is an energy audit rebate of $600 to help offset this expense. Your energy auditor will be invaluable in helping you understand which rebates you are eligible for and assisting you through the rebate process.
Once your initial energy audit is done, your HVAC contractor needs to quote and install a “matched system” that is on the list of energy-efficient equipment approved for the rebate program. A matched system, for a house that currently just has a furnace, refers to a furnace/coil/heat pump that has been tested for efficiency together and approved as a whole system for heating and cooling.
What to Know Before Purchasing a Heat Pump
Something to be aware of before getting your new system installed is that heat pumps require high-voltage electrical, similar to the 220 Volt outlet required for electric stoves and dryers. You will need to get an electrician to install a 220V line to your heat pump outside, which, in some homes, will also require a panel upgrade. There is currently an additional $500 electrical panel upgrade rebate available to offset the cost for these situations.
Once you have gotten your brand new system installed for your heating and air conditioning, your energy auditor needs to return to verify the upgrades that have been done. Once that is completed successfully, you are ready to submit your federal and province of BC rebate applications and look forward to your rebates!
Ready to get your heat pump installed? Our technicians at John Sadler Plumbing & Heating are happy to give you a free quote and recommend energy auditors in your area.