Renovating your home's heating system

Photo of a ducted heat pump and a ductless heat pump

If you're looking to upgrade your existing electric heating system, a heat pump can be more efficient than a traditional electric furnace or baseboard heaters. Unlike other heating and cooling systems, which convert fuel or electricity directly into heat, a heat pump moves heat from one place to another, in the same way as an air conditioner.

Hear from a local homeowner

"Apart from the savings, the house is much more comfortable." Jonathan Borrows, Colwood, B.C.

Read about Jonathan's renovation here.

Rebates for primary space heating

Upgrade Rebate available
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Mini Split (single head installation) (HSPF ≥10.00, Region IV, SEER ≥18) $1,000
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Multi Split (multi-head installation) (HSPF ≥9.30, Region IV, SEER ≥16) $1,000
Air source heat pump – Variable Speed Central System (HSPF ≥9.30, Region IV, SEER≥16), "Tier 2" $2,000


Double the rebate

For a limited time, you can receive double your rebate on the installation of select heat pumps through our double the rebate offer. Pre-registration required.

Looking for rebates on connected thermostats or natural gas space heating systems? Visit fortisbc.com/homerebates.

Make sure your upgrade is eligible

Product eligibility

  • Eligible systems are listed on the Qualified Heat Pump Product List.
  • The heat pump must replace an existing hard-wired electric heating system such as electric baseboards, radiant ceiling, radiant floors or forced-air furnace.
  • The heat pump must be sufficiently sized to function as the primary heating system for the home.
    • A primary heating system must have the capacity to heat a minimum of 50% of the home for the entire heating season to 21ºC.

Select a type of air-source heat pump below to view additional eligibility criteria:

  • The indoor unit of the heat pump (head) must serve a main living area (Family room, living room or open-concept kitchen-living room) of the premises.
  • The system must meet all of the following requirements:
    • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 18 or higher;
    • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF Region IV) of 10.00 or higher;
    • Variable speed compressor (single speed and two stage compressors are not eligible); and
    • An AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the heat pump, including outdoor unit and indoor unit.
  • At least one indoor unit (head) must serve a main living area (Family room, living room, or open-concept kitchen-living room) of the premises.
  • The system must meet all of the following requirements:
    • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16 or higher;
    • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF Region IV) of 9.30 or higher;
    • Variable speed compressor (single speed and two stage compressors are not eligible); and
    • An AHRI certified reference number that references the outdoor unit.
  • At least one indoor unit (head) must serve a main living area (Family room, living room, or open-concept kitchen-living room) of the premises.
  • The system must meet all of the following requirements:
    • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16 or higher;
    • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF Region IV) of 9.30 or higher;
    • Variable speed compressor (single speed and two stage compressors are not eligible),
    • An AHRI certified reference number that references all components of the heat pump, including outdoor unit, indoor unit(s), and air handler or furnace; and
    • Products with a maximum static pressure of less than 0.6" WC are considered mini-split or multi-split systems.

       

Installation requirements

  • Emergency replacement of broken electrical systems is not eligible.
  • Replacement of an existing heat pump or adding a head to an existing heat pump are not eligible for a rebate.
  • The heat pump installed – both the indoor and outdoor units – must be new, in good working order, not previously installed in another home or building.
  • The heat pump must be installed in accordance with the Heat Pump Best Practices Installation Guide for Existing Homes [PDF, 2.3 MB] to be eligible for a rebate.
  • The upgrades need to be completed by a licensed contractor with a valid B.C. business license for the relevant work and a GST number.

Have you made sure your home is eligible? Get all the details about eligibility.

Consider using a Program Registered Contractor for your upgrade. These contractors have received additional training on insulation best practices, and on our rebates.

Application deadline and required documents

You must submit your rebate application and all supporting documentation within six months of the invoice date.

The only supporting document required for our insulation rebate is the invoice. Make sure the invoice meets all the requirements, outlined in our air source heat pump sample invoice [PDF, 110 KB].

Bundle your upgrades to get $300-$2000 bonus

If you complete two or more eligible upgrades, you may qualify for bonus offers of up to $2,000. Learn more about how bonus rebates work.

Offer Details
Two Upgrade Bonus Install any two eligible upgrades within 18 months and receive a $300 bonus.
Home Energy Improvement Bonus
  • To receive this bonus, you'll need to complete a pre and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation by a program certified energy advisor.
  • Install any three eligible upgrades within 18 months and receive $20 per % gigajoule improvement in your home's EnerGuide report.
  • Minimum rebate $750 up to $2,000 maximum rebate.
EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate
  • Get a pre-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation and receive a $200 rebate.
  • Get a post-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation and receive a $100 rebate.