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Financial assistance programs for heat pumps

A heat pump: an energy efficient device that helps you lower your electricity bill

The heat pump is becoming increasingly popular and with good reason. It is one of the most cost-effective and energy efficient heating and cooling devices on the market. That’s because it requires less energy than traditional electric heating and air conditioning units and provides comfort year-round.

In order to encourage Quebec households to go green, the government now offers various financial incentives that lower the price of a heat pump. Many heat pump models qualify for these programs which means your savings could be even higher!

Here’s some information to help you find the best energy efficient device and how to obtain financial assistance.

Energy Star, EER, HSPF… what does it all mean?

Comparing heat pumps requires a bit of knowledge. The initialisms and qualifiers used to rate heat pumps can make the process a bit confusing. This article will help you find out what they all mean.

The Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) are the two most important ratings to keep in mind when purchasing a heat pump. Knowing how to compare them is relatively easy and will allow you to estimate how much you could save.

Comparing the energy efficiency of heat pumps with EER and HSPF

The HSPF measures the heating efficiency of a model when temperatures are 8°C outside and 20°C inside. It calculates the quantity of heat emitted versus the power consumed when the heat pump produces heat.

As for the EER, it measures the unit’s cooling output when temperatures are 35°C outside and 26°C inside with a 50% relative humidity. No matter what the average temperature in your city, the EER is calculated using a set value so you can easily compare two heat pump models.

The higher the ratings, the greater the energy efficiency. In terms of the EER, a one-point difference represents a 4% increase or decrease in the heat pump’s energy consumption. A one-point difference in the HSPF rating means the device requires 8% more or less energy.

Finally, you can determine the capacity of a heat pump using BTUs. A BTU is a unit that defines the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit at a constant pressure of one atmospheric unit. The initialism BTU/h refers to how much a system delivers or consumes BTUs every hour. Heat pumps generally have a BTU/h of 9,000 to 18,000, with an average of 12,000.

Energy Star heat pumps

The Energy Star symbol is recognized around the world as a sign of energy savings. It’s also a good way to quickly determine the energy efficiency of a heat pump.

Energy Star heat pumps usually rank among the top 15 to 30% most energy efficient units in their category. If you want to purchase an Energy Star certified heat pump, HydroSolution has high-end, energy-efficient models that meet your needs.

Financial assistance to improve your heating system and comfort

Thinking of getting a heat pump soon? Did you know that the government of Quebec and Hydro-Québec offer financial assistance programs to help lower the price of a heat pump? Here’s some information to help you with your applications so you can reduce the cost of purchasing or leasing a unit.

The Performance series model, available from HydroSolution, qualifies for the Chauffez vert program. If installing a heat pump is part of an extensive project to increase your property’s overall energy efficiency, you could also get financial assistance from the Rénoclimat program.

Every reason is a good one to switch from traditional heating and cooling systems to a heat pump!

How much financial assistance can you get?

It’s important to check that you meet the requirements of the Chauffez vert program before you start your renovation work. You can apply for financial assistance once the work is done. To qualify, you must:

  • Be the owner of a home or residential building in Quebec, such as:
  • Single-family house
  • Duplex
  • Triplex
  • Unit in a condo building
  • Multi-unit residential building

Furthermore, you have six months after the work begins to claim your financial assistance. The amounts allocated will vary between $225 and $1,275 depending on your central heating system and type of dwelling.

The Chauffez vert program has published a table that allows you to easily calculate the amount of the financial assistance you can receive for your heat pump. You can quickly estimate your savings and determine the time it will take to make your investment profitable.

How to apply for financial assistance programs

It’s important to make sure your heat pump qualifies for the program before undertaking any kind of work. Whether it is leased or purchased, the heat pump must meet certain criteria.

Financial assistance from the Chauffez vert program is now offered directly through Hydro-Québec although the conditions of the program remain the same. Simply register on Hydro-Québec’s website.

Once the work is done, you need to fill out an application for financial assistance and provide the following documents:

  • A copy of your most recent electricity bill
  • A copy of your most recent fuel bill or the annual statement listing deliveries (oil or propane)
  • A proof of purchase and installation of the new heating system containing the following:
    • the address of the home where the work has taken place
    • the name of the owner
    • the name of the company
    • the RBQ licence number of the contractor who has carried out the work
    • the date of the work
    • the description of the work
    • the cost of the work

You will receive an email notifying you if you are eligible to receive financial assistance. If this is the case, you will have to provide your SIN by phone. You will then receive your payment within 4 to 6 weeks.

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