You can currently get a CleanBC rebate of up to $6000 (or $9500 if you’re low income) when you install a new heat pump.
CleanBC Dual Fuel Heat Pump Rebate: $3000
A $3000 CleanBC rebate is available on dual fuel heat pump systems. A “dual fuel” system combines an electric heat pump with a gas furnace. The gas furnace will provide back up heating on the coldest days (usually well below freezing) when it is hardest for the heat pump to keep up.
CleanBC rebates are not available to homeowners who already have a heat pump.
CleanBC All-Electric Heat Pump Rebate: $6000
If you remove your gas furnace or boiler and replace it with an all-electric heat pump you can get a $6000 CleanBC rebate.
Heat pumps that are used for this rebate are generally very efficient units that can meet a home’s entire heating needs even at temperatures well below freezing.
Some cold climate heat pumps can maintain most of their capacity at temperatures as low as -20C. Additional electric heating elements can be added in case your heat pump is unable to keep up on the coldest days.
For details, see the CleanBC program requirements.
Rebates for low income households
If your household is low income, you can receive a $9500 CleanBC rebate. You must remove your gas heating system and replace it with an all electric heat pump system.
To qualify for the “CleanBC Income Qualified Program” your household income must be below a certain level: $55,903 for a 1-person household (including adults and children), $69,596 for 2 people, $85,560 for 3, $103,880 for 4, $117,820 for 5, $132,880 for 6, and $147,943 for 7 or more people.
General Heat Pump Information
A heat pump is a system that provides both heating and air conditioning. It is like an air conditioner that can also operate in reverse in the winter. Air conditioners and heat pumps can move heat from a cooler location to a warmer location. Since heat is only being moved rather than created, more than one watt of heat can be created for each watt of electricity consumed.
Heat pump efficiency is usually measured in one of two ways: HSPF or COP.
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is the number of BTUs of heat produced for each watt-hour of electricity consumed. It is based on the efficiency a heat pump system is expected to achieve over an entire year in a certain climate (HSPFs are usually stated for Region 4, which includes Vancouver). It also assumes backup heat in the form of electric resistance heaters is being used on colder days.
COP (Coefficient of Performance) is the number of watts of heat produced for each watt of electricity being consumed. It is stated for a given temperature. For example, the Mitsubishi Zuba 38,000 BTU central heat pump has a COP of 2.0 at -15oC, meaning it provides 2 watts of heating for each watt of electricity it is using.
Some homes may have an electrical service that is insufficient to support a heat pump during the coldest days. A CleanBC rebate of $500 is available to help reduce the cost of upgrading your home’s electrical capacity.
Mitsubishi Zuba Central Heat Pump: This system is for homes that currently have a furnace (a system that blows air through ductwork). The indoor unit (left) will replace your furnace, and has backup electric heaters for very cold days. The outdoor unit (right) will be placed outdoors.
Mitsubishi Ductless Heat Pump: This system is for homes that currently have a boiler (a system that moves hot water through pipes). The indoor unit (top) will be placed indoors, near the ceiling. Multiple indoor units (or heads) can be placed in multiple rooms. The outdoor unit (bottom) will be placed outdoors.
How much do heat pumps cost?
Heat pumps that qualify for the rebates start at about $15,000 plus GST. This price includes installation and is before rebates. Call 604 GOOD GUY (604 466 3489) to schedule a free in-home quotation and we will provide an exact price to install a heat pump in your home.