More than 60% of your annual electricity costs are from heating and cooling your home
Get money‑saving rebates to upgrade your HVAC system to the most energy‑efficient models on the market.
How much can you save?
Electrically Heated Home?
NEW Get a $600 rebate
And use up to 20%* less electricity when you install a high‑efficiency central air conditioner. Must be ENERGY STAR® certified, SEER 18/13 EER rating or higher and have an eligible
Get a $250 rebate
ends December 31, 2018
Improve the air quality of your home when you upgrade your old furnace. Must be equipped with an Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM).
NEW Get a $30 rebate
Upgrade your hydronic pump and join the 1% of people with an efficient system. Must be equipped with a variable‑speed ECM and be installed on an existing hydronic heating system (not on a domestic hot water heater).
How do you qualify?
Buy and install it by December 31, 2018
Your contractor must complete and submit your online incentive form by February 1, 2019. An email will be sent for you to review and approve.
Send us proof
We need a copy of your proof of purchase and your completed incentive form by February 28, 2019. You should receive your incentive cheque within eight to twelve weeks of receiving your forms.
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8 tips for replacing your HVAC system
We ask 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.
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 hook 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Effective June 19, 2018, rebate amounts for air‑source heat pumps have changed due to the end of Green Ontario Fund. If you’ve already signed up for a rebate at the higher amount, it will be honoured if:
- You have a signed work agreement with a participating contractor for work that will be completed by August 31, 2018
- Your rebate application is submitted by
September 30, 2018
Heating your home electrically?
Replace your baseboard heating or central electric furnace with an air‑source heat pump and you may qualify for rebates up to $4,000. Versatile installation options are available, so it’s important to work closely with a participating contractor
to find the best option for your home.
How an air‑source heat pump works
Because it moves heat that already exists rather than generating it, an air‑source heat pump is up to 50%* more efficient than baseboard heating or a central electric furnace (even at very cold temperatures). Plus, it provides energy‑efficient air conditioning in summer months, too.
The air‑source heat pump takes in air from outdoors.
It uses electricity to compress the air and change it to a higher temperature.
Fans release the heated air into your home.
In summer, the cycle is reversed to provide energy‑efficient cooling and dehumidifying (no need for a separate dehumidifier!).
NEW – Get up to $4,000 in rebates
Upgrade to an air‑source heat pump from baseboard heating or central electric furnace and you may qualify for rebates up to $4,000.
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How to maximize your air‑source heat pump energy savings
Get the most out of your new system with these top tips.
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Did you know? A heat pump is up to TWICE as efficient as an electric furnace!
How to qualify
*Annual electricity cost savings are estimated based on past program experience. Actual savings may vary.
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