Enjoy year-round comfort with a $6,000 heat pump rebate

Heat pumps provide heating and cooling for your home, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer without having to purchase a secondary air conditioner.

CleanBC, BC Hydro and FortisBC offer rebates up to $6,000 for the purchase and installation of a rebate eligible heat pump, depending on how you currently heat your home:

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Switch from natural gas, propane or oil to a heat pump Up to $6,000 plus municipal top ups, where applicable
Upgrade your electric or wood heating system to a heat pump Up to $2,000

Federal rebates of up to $5,000 for space heating upgrades may also be available through the Canada Greener Homes Grant, which is a separate program with its own eligibility criteria and application process. If you’re eligible for both, you can apply for rebates from both programs. The federal program requires registration and a home evaluation before making any upgrades.

Learn More About Heat Pumps

A heat pump is an efficient heating and cooling system that uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. In the winter, a heat pump transfers heat from the outside air to the indoors through a cycle of compression and expansion of a refrigerant. In the summer, it operates in reverse and transfers heat from inside your home to the outdoors, like an air conditioner.

Air conditioning system installation embedded on wall of building

Benefits of a Heat Pump

Climate Friendly

  • Heat pumps are an energy efficient, environmentally friendly alternative to natural gas and oil heating systems, electric furnaces, and baseboard heaters and they provide air conditioning. Most heat pumps produce 97% less greenhouse gas emissions than a high-efficiency natural gas furnace.*

Year-Round Comfort

  • Powered by electricity, a heat pump combines a heating system and an air conditioner, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Better Indoor Air Quality

  • Many heat pumps dehumidify and provide healthy air flow, with optional filtration to clean indoor air pollutants, dust, pollen and other allergens.

Types of Heat Pumps

All heat pumps have outdoor units and indoor units that work together to transfer heat and cooling into your home. The way that a heat pump distributes heat throughout your home depends on the type of heat pump. A Program Registered Contractor can help you determine the best type of heat pump depending on the location, size, layout and current heating system of your home.

There are four common heat pump types in British Columbia:

 

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
  • Ductless mini-split and multi-split heat pumps distribute heat without using ducting.  Wall-mounted indoor heads provide zonal heating to the rooms in which the heads are installed.
Central Ducted Heat Pump
  • A central ducted heat pump distributes heat and cool air through ductwork connected to vents in each room, similar to how a furnace distributes heated air.
Dual Fuel Ducted Heat Pump
  • 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.
Air-to-Water Heat Pump
  • Air-to-water heat pumps use a hydronic distribution system to heat and cool the home with a series of radiators or in-floor heating.
Young woman switching on air conditioner sitting on couch

Available Rebates

Rebates vary depending on your location, current heating system and type of heat pump upgrade. Below are links to the rebate webpages where you will find rebate values and eligibility requirements.

  • Additional rebates and offers may be available. View the rebate webpages for details.

Find a Contractor

A Program Registered Contractor can help you identify the right heat pump for your home, provide a quote, complete the installation according to best practices and ensure your heat pump meets the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program rebate requirements.

To find a Program Registered Contractor near you, check out our Program Registered Contractor search tool.

For tips on how to choose a contractor visit the frequently asked questions on hiring a contractor.

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