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Get ready for cooler weather by upgrading your heating system

Don’t get caught in the cold this winter. Now is the time to upgrade your heating and cooling system and take advantage of incentives of up to $850 in rebates.

Heating and cooling can account for more than 50% of the total energy use in your home. Upgrade your system today to high-efficiency models and you could save up to $325 a year in energy costs. Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace today and receive a $250 incentive. If you have electric heat, save even more with $4,000 in heat pump rebates from Save on Energy.

It is the time of the year to think heating and cooling and we have tips to assist you in finding the right equipment to help maximize your savings. See the options below for more information

 

 

    Find a participating contractor near you

 

What incentives are available if I'm looking to upgrade heating and cooling equipment in my home?

  • ECM Circulator Pump Incentive $30
  • Furnace with variable speed ECM $250
  • Central Air-Conditioning Incentive $600

For electrically heated homes get up to $4,000 in incentives:

  • Save up to $4000 when you purchase a high-efficiency heat pump
  • Ductless Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) $1,000
  • Ductless Multiport ASHP $3,000

  • Ducted ASHP $1,250

  • Cold Climate Ductless ASHP $1,500

  • Cold Climate Ductless Multiport ASHP up to a maximum of $4,000

  • Cold Climate Ducted ASHP $4,000

  • Smart Thermostat $50

How do I qualify for these incentives?

  1. Use a Participating Contractor

  2. The deadline to submit documents for installations completed in 2018 for the Heating & Cooling Incentive Program is December 31, 2018. Your contractor must enter your online incentive submission by February 1, 2019 and all supporting documentation including the proof of purchase must be submitted before February 28, 2019.

  3. Submit your incentive application once the contractor has completed the application either online or by mail.

 

For more information, please review the program terms and conditions.

I've already filed my incentive form and mailed or faxed my proof of purchase, what next?

To check the status of your incentive, use the Claim Status Tool.

For questions or concerns regarding your claim, call 1-877-797-9473 or email heatingandcoolingincentive@powerauthority.on.ca

To learn more about the Save on Energy Heating and Cooling Incentive Program, visit saveonenergy.ca.

8 tips for replacing your HVAC system

We asked the experts what you need to know:

Roger Grochmal is the CEO of AtlasCare™, an active member of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and a regular contributor to Mechanical Business magazine. Roger and AtlasCare president Michael Grochmal share their top tips. 

1. Spend the time to find a credible HVAC contractor

Purchasing a new furnace or air conditioner isn't like buying a fridge that simply gets unpacked and plugged in - half the value is what the contractor brings to the table. If a system isn't designed and sized properly for your home, you won't be comfortable and you'll waste energy.

Use this checklist to help choose a contractor

  • Read online reviews or talk to friends and neighbours
  • Make sure the company offers licenced air conditioning or refrigeration technicians
  • Ensure the contractor has general liability insurance, so you're not on the line for any damage to your home or personal injury
  • Ask if the company subcontracts installation to another company - if they do, make sure that company also has the necessary insurance
  • Check that they take part in industry associations such as HRAI
  • Get everything in writing 

2. Understand high efficiency vs. standard efficiency

High-efficiency units generally tend to be better units. They're much quieter, waste less energy, have fewer breakdowns and come with features that aren't available on standard models. It's a bit like buying a car - to get the premium features you have to buy the best. 

3. Balance space vs. sound

While the highest-efficiency units tend to be the quietest, they're also the largest - not everyone has the space in their home to accommodate this. Your contractor can help you weigh the best options for your home. 

4. System sizing is absolutely essential

The right size system is key to your home's comfort. If your air conditioner's too large, it may cool the house down quickly but it won't have enough time to remove the moisture from the air. This will make your home feel cold and clammy and puts your house at risk for mold. If a system is too small, it will run continually and waste energy. This is hard on the equipment and can lead to more breakdowns. 

5. Know what your ducts can handle

A duct system that's too small for your furnace and AC won't be able to move the right amount of air to properly heat and cool your home. That's why it's so important to have a contractor do a proper evaluation of your system as a whole. If all these things are in line the system will meet your needs for energy efficiency and comfort. This is especially true of older Toronto houses, which generally have smaller ductwork than standard suburban homes. 

6. Don't wait for an emergency

We recommend that customers change their systems on their own terms. In an emergency, there's no time to shop around or research contractors. If your system breaks down during peak season, contractors are extremely busy - there's no incentive for them to offer you a discount. 

7. Upgrade your furnace and central air conditioner at the same time

Your units work in unison as a system. Not every older furnace will work with a new air conditioner and duct system. One of the biggest factors in energy efficiency is the furnace fan. To get the highest level of energy efficiency, everything needs to be compatible. 

8. Replace indoor and outdoor parts together

A central air conditioner is a split system - an outdoor compressor and an indoor coil. If one component breaks down, you should still replace both. Older ACs use different refrigerants and oils than newer systems, and the amount of labour you'll need to make them compatible just doesn't make sense.