Heat Pump Installation Grants in Kitchener-Waterloo
Installing a heat pump can save you money, reduce your carbon footprint and help reduce your energy consumption. Heat pumps are highly efficient 2-in-1 HVAC systems that keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This energy-efficient solution is currently being incentivized. You could get up to $7,100 back through available heat pump installation grants in Kitchener-Waterloo. Enbridge is also offering enhanced rebates for heat pump installation.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is an HVAC system that heats and cools your home. It has a heating mode and a cooling mode depending on the season. It leverages the temperature of the outdoor air and electricity to produce the warmth or cooling you need.
If you’re on the fence about whether you want to give up natural gas heating, we can configure a dual-fuel hybrid heat pump system that gives you the most cost-effective way of getting both heating and cooling and reducing your carbon footprint.
Save with the Canada Greener Homes Grant
If you’re interested in installing a heat pump in your Kitchener-Waterloo home, take advantage of the grants available to save money and help the environment. The Canada Greener Homes Grant through the government of Canada is a great incentive to install a new heat pump. Eligible households can receive up to $5,600 for installing an energy-efficient retrofit in their home, including heat pumps and smart thermostats.
Who’s eligible for the Greener Homes Grant?
You may be eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant if you are:
- A homeowner in Canada (regardless of location in the country)
- Able to provide proof of primary residence
- The only member of your household to apply for this grant
Save Even More with the HER+ Program
Enbridge Gas has teamed up with the Canadian government and their Canada Greener Homes Grant to co-deliver the Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. Through this program, eligible Canadians and Enbridge customers can qualify for up to $7,100 back on eligible ENERGY STAR® certified heat pumps.
Who’s eligible for the HER+ Program?
Eligible Canadian homeowners can apply for both the Canada Greener Homes Grant and Enbridge rebates in the same application.
All Ontario homeowners qualify for the HER+ program except:
- Owners not currently living on the premises and the home does not have an active Enbridge Gas account.
- Homeowners that have already started work on the upgrades before they conducted a pre-retrofit energy assessment.
- Homeowners whose home was built less than 6 months ago.
- Homeowners whose home is part of a cooperative or a multi-unit residential building (MURB) with more than 3 storeys or a footprint bigger than 600m2.
- Less than 50 percent of the building is residential living space.
- Homeowners who have already taken advantage of the Home Efficiency Rebate (HER) or Canada Greener Homes Grant (CGHG) programs and maxed out their rebates.
What Is Eligible for the Heat Pump Installation Grants in Kitchener-Waterloo?
These grants and rebates can be used for certain types of ENERGY STAR® heat pumps and heat pump water heaters. This may include:
- Ducted heat pumps
- Ductless heat pumps
- Ductless mini-splits
- Heat pump water heaters
- Hybrid systems (i.e. furnace + heat pump)
How To Access the Heat Pump Installation Grants
It’s easy for Kitchener-Waterloo residents to take advantage of these heat pump installation grants and rebates. Just follow these simple steps:
Contact Delta Air Systems
If you want to access the heat pump grants and rebates, call Delta and we’ll help you get started. We’ll help you arrange for the required pre-upgrade home energy assessment with a Registered Energy Advisor.
Upgrade your home
Within 12 months of your home evaluation, Delta will complete the eligible installation. Be sure to keep all your paperwork and receipts, as you may be required to submit them following your upgrades.
Complete the post-upgrade evaluation
After the installation is done, a Registered Energy Advisor will perform the required post-upgrade home energy evaluation.
Wait for your cheque
The last step is to submit the necessary paperwork and wait for your cheque to arrive! It can take up to 12 weeks.
Benefits of a Heat Pump
There are several benefits to installing a heat pump in your home, including:
Since heat pumps only transfer heat, they use less energy to heat and cool your home than older traditional HVAC systems. This ultimately reduces your carbon footprint, and could potentially save you money in the long run.
Because heat pumps use much less energy, they’re more environmentally friendly. There’s also no combustion. The federal government is incentivizing their installation because they can help Canada reduce its overall carbon emissions.
Despite their name, heat pumps do more than just heat your home. They also work like air conditioners. In the winter, they move heat into your home, and in the summer, they switch into cooling mode to cool your home.
Heat pumps work using one outdoor unit. However, you can have multiple air handlers on the inside of your home, allowing you to control the temperature of each zone or room.
What is a hybrid/dual-fuel system?
These grants don’t just cover heat pumps alone. Eligible homeowners can use the money to install dual-fuel or hybrid heating systems, as well. A dual-fuel, or hybrid, heating system is just like it sounds – a heating system that uses two sources of heat fueled by different sources of energy. Typically, it involves a furnace and a heat pump.
A hybrid system is the most energy-efficient setup you can get. It leverages the energy efficiency of the heat pump by using it to heat your home when the temperature is milder or when other fuel prices are high. And when it gets really cold, the furnace kicks in and heats your home. Heat pumps work most efficiently in milder temperatures, so, at a certain threshold, the forced air system will be more efficient.
A hybrid heating system gives you the best of both worlds, allowing for maximum efficiency and home comfort.