Heat Pump Equipment Rebate Guide

Participation in the Home Energy Assessment program or New Home Construction program precludes homeowners from receiving rebates for the same upgrades in other Efficiency Nova Scotia programs. Only rebates from one program will be issued for any particular measure. Rebates are not available for the replacement of existing heat pumps – functioning or non-functioning.

 

Equipment Information and Eligibility Criteria

System TypeIncentiveEligibility RequirementsHSPF Region 4SEERCOP @ -15°CInstallation
Requirements
Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump$ 200/tonPlease Refer to Cold Climate Heat Pump List Ductless mini-split heat pump model # must be on the Cold Climate Heat Pump List at the time of purchase. (Slim ducted or mixed ducted mini split systems are not eligible) Must be installed by certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM)
*Centrally Ducted Heat Pump System$ 400/tonPlease contact Efficiency Nova Scotia if planning on installing an add-on system
Call 1-877-999-6035 to confirm eligibility.
≥ 9.0≥15.0N/AMust be installed by certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM)
Air-to-Water Heat Pump$ 400/tonCSAC 656-05 or AHRI 550/590-2018 or equivalentN/AN/A≥1.7 Must be installed by certified Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM)
Geothermal Heat Pump$ 500/tonENERGY STAR® V3.0 or NewerN/AN/A3.1Must be installed by Canadian Geo Exchange Coalition (CGC) Certified Installer

DEFINITIONS:
1 Refrigeration ton = 12000 Btu
HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
COP: Coefficient of Performance
*Note: The table above reflects changes to the eligibility criteria for Centrally Ducted Heat Pump Systems taking effect on July 1, 2020 (Previous requirements: HSPF 8.5, EER ≥ 12.5, SEER ≥ 15, ENERGY STAR® certified). Complete applications received for Central Systems by December 31, 2020 will rebate on the criteria set that will result in a rebate being issued.

 

Electrically Heated

100% electric heat (no non-electric space heating systems in the home). This include homes that only have electric baseboards, electric furnace, electric boiler, central heat pump with electric backup or any of these electric systems along with solar, ETS, and/or ductless mini-splits.

Home is set up to primarily use electric heating (any of the systems above), but also has one or more non-electric space heaters. A non-electric space heater could be considered a wood / pellet stove, oil stove or space heater, gas fireplace or space heater, coal stove.

Home has a central heat pump – regardless of back up.

 

Non-Electrically Heated

100% non-electric heat (no electric space heating systems in the home). This includes homes with only a non-electric heating system (e.g. central furnace or boiler that supplies heat to the home using oil, natural gas, propane, wood or pellets).

Home is set up to primarily use non-electric heating (any of the central systems above), but also has one or more electric space heaters. An electric space heater could be considered electric baseboards (e.g. in an addition on the home), electric in floor heating (e.g. in the bathroom) or other electric resistance heating that is not supplied to the majority of the home.

Home has any type of central non-electric heating and ductless mini-split(s).