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Government Rebates for Vancouver Furnace Installations
The issue of furnace installation in Vancouver will be of interest whether you have an existing furnace or are planning to install your very first furnace in Vancouver. If you already have a furnace, you may consider an upgrade or a complete replacement. Depending on the furnace make and model, and its current performance, it may be time to think about either replacing the furnace or contracting for an upgrade that may ultimately pay for itself by providing furnace heating comfort for less than what you are paying now. So it would be a good idea to know if there are any rebates available to help you make your furnace installation or furnace upgrade decision.
Vancouver Furnace Installation Rebates From BC Hydro and Fortis BC
In British Columbia, rebates are provided through BC Hydro and Fortis BC. Furnace upgrades in Vancouver include converting an existing system (from say, oil, propane or other fuel) to a gas heating system or a combination gas heating system and hot water unit. The first option is eligible for up to $1,300 in rebates. The second is eligible for up to $1,700 in rebates. The installation of a natural gas direct vent wall furnace is eligible for up to $700 in furnace rebates. The installation of a natural gas direct vent wall furnace and hot water unit is eligible for up to $1,100 in rebates.
In Vancouver, you might also consider the Fortis BC Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP). ECAP provides a complete home or office assessment and relevant assistance to upgrade your heating systems (furnaces) to more energy-efficient systems. Fortis BC will perform a complete home inspection to determine what you are eligible for. Several parameters apply, such as the type of home you live in, home income, and existing furnace unit. If you qualify, you may be eligible for a complete furnace installation. Refer to the Fortis BC website
As part of the home inspection, Fortis BC will provide free of charge energy-saving light bulbs, faucet aerators (which reduce water and heat consumption), hot water pipe insulators, and weather stripping.
Other rebates apply to gas fireplace installation, heat pump installation, and other HVAC installations. And still others apply to rental apartment dwellings in Vancouver, aboriginal community members, and low-income earners.
Building New Home Rebates – Vancouver Furnace Installations
If you are considering the building of a new house from scratch, you might want to search the programs available on the BC Hydro Power Smart website:
As mentioned above, furnace installation in Vancouver may apply to either the installation of a furnace in a new home construction, or the replacement of an existing furnace to improve performance, improve safety considerations, or save on long-term costs.
There is a nifty site on the web that you can use to calculate your savings on the installation of a new gas furnace in Vancouver:
Pro Ace Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. – Furnace Installation Company
But in Vancouver (and other areas in the Lower Mainland) you can safely rely on saving several hundred dollars a year by replacing your existing furnace with a new furnace installation. This is because the new models of high efficiency gas furnaces use less fuel, operate more efficiently, and break down less often than older models. Pro Ace Heating and Air Conditioning can give you a closer estimate based on your existing furnace system in Vancouver. Pro Ace always provides advice and know-how free. You can call them right now. For all information about Furnace Installation Vancouver, Pro Ace is the pre-eminent contractor to call.