Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Take control of your heating and air conditioning with energy-efficient upgrades.

From high efficiency gas furnaces to air-source heat pumps, a wide range of energy-efficient upgrades are now more affordable thanks to the flexible financing of CEIP.

The following are eligible CEIP upgrades:


Smart thermostat

Measure ID: R-HC-001

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • Smart thermostats are used to reduce home cooling and heating loads through a configurable schedule of temperature setpoints (like a programmable thermostat) and automatic scheduling to better match heating and cooling to meet occupant comfort needs. Learning smart thermostats with geofencing contain specialized artificial intelligence that “learns” heating and cooling preferences and can determine when the home is occupied.

Effective Useful Life: 11 years

Eligibility Requirements

  • The smart thermostat must be ENERGY STAR certified to the most recently published version and must be a learning thermostat with geofencing. The upgrade is only eligible when installed with one or more eligible HVAC heating or cooling upgrades (e.g., high-efficiency gas furnace).

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, equipment make and model number(s), and costs of equipment and installation.

Supporting documents required for Upgrade Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the thermostat installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.

High-efficiency central air conditioner

Measure ID: R-HC-002

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • Eligible air conditioning equipment is centrally installed in the home. High-efficiency technology uses less electricity to move indoor heat to the outside of the home.
  • Air conditioning pipe insulation ensures minimal heat is lost before conditioned air is delivered to conditioned spaces. Pipe insulation (required for projects in the City of Edmonton) is an eligible upgrade cost that can be combined with this upgrade to increase energy savings.

Effective Useful Life: 18 years

Eligibility Requirements

  • The central air conditioner must be ENERGY STAR certified to the most recently published version and be a ducted and split unit. SEER must be equal or greater than 15, or EER equal or greater than 12. The central air conditioner must replace existing air conditioning equipment.
  • City of Edmonton additional eligibility requirements: The insulation of exposed pipe, as it relates to the operation of the system, must be installed with the air conditioner. If not already installed, the pipe insulation must be completed by the same Qualified Contractor completing the installation of the system.

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, efficiency specifications, equipment make and model number(s), coil and condenser model numbers, size in tons, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • Equipment specification sheet(s) confirming equipment details and ENERGY STAR certification.
  • If pipe insulation is being installed, the contractor quote must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s).

Supporting documents required for Upgrade Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), coil and condenser model numbers, size in tons, installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the equipment installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.
  • If pipe insulation is being installed, the contractor invoice must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s). In addition, a photo of the pipe insulation installed on the HVAC or water heating upgrade is required.

High-efficiency gas furnace

Measure ID: R-HC-003

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • A high-efficiency furnace extracts the maximum amount of heat from burning natural gas.
  • Duct insulation ensures minimal heat is lost before conditioned air is delivered to conditioned spaces. Duct insulation (required for projects in the City of Edmonton) is an eligible upgrade cost that can be combined with this upgrade to increase energy savings.

Effective Useful Life: 16 years

Eligibility Requirements

  • The residential furnace must be ENERGY STAR certified to the most recently published version. The product must be fueled by natural gas or propane gas. The gas furnace must replace existing, less-efficient primary space heating equipment.
  • City of Edmonton additional eligibility requirements: Annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) must be 97% or higher. The insulation of exposed duct, as it relates to the operation of the system, must be installed with the furnace. If not already installed, the duct insulation must be completed by the same Qualified Contractor completing the installation of the system.

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, efficiency specifications, equipment make and model number(s), size in kBTU/hour, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • Equipment specification sheet(s) confirming equipment details and ENERGY STAR certification.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor quote must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s).

Supporting documents required for Upgrade Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), size in kBTU/hour, installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the equipment installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor invoice must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s). In addition, a photo of the duct insulation installed on the HVAC or water heating upgrade is required.

ECM motor for residential furnace

Measure ID: R-HC-004

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • An efficient fan motor adjusts the rate at which furnace heat is delivered to the home. Efficient fan motors with variable speed control use significantly less electricity.

Effective Useful Life: 6 years

Eligibility Requirements

  • A brushless DC motor, also known as an electronically commutated motor or ECM, must replace a constant speed motor installed in a natural gas or propane furnace. The new motor must have a variable input.

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, efficiency specifications, equipment make and model number(s), size, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • Specification sheet(s) confirming equipment details.

Supporting documents required for Upgrade Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), size, installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the equipment installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.

High-efficiency gas boiler

Measure ID: R-HC-005

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • A high-efficiency boiler extracts the maximum amount of heat from natural gas by using condensing technology. This means heat from condensing water in the exhaust is extracted, in addition to regular combustion.
  • Boiler pipe insulation ensures minimal heat is lost before heated water is delivered to conditioned spaces. Pipe insulation (required for projects in the City of Edmonton) is an eligible upgrade cost that can be combined with this upgrade to increase energy savings.

Effective Useful Life: 25 years

Eligibility Requirements

  • The residential boiler must be ENERGY STAR certified to the most recently published version. It must include outdoor reset control and have an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) equal to or greater than 95%. The product must be fueled by natural gas or propane gas. The high-efficiency gas boiler must replace existing, less-efficient primary space heating equipment.
  • City of Edmonton additional eligibility requirements: The insulation of exposed pipe, as it relates to the operation of the system, must be installed with the boiler. If not already installed, the pipe insulation must be completed by the same Qualified Contractor completing the installation of the system.

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, efficiency specifications, equipment make and model number(s), size in kBTU/hour, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • Equipment specification sheet(s) confirming equipment details and ENERGY STAR certification.
  • If pipe insulation is being installed, the contractor quote must include the insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), and per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s).

Supporting documents required for Upgrade Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), size in kBTU/hour, installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the equipment installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.
  • If pipe insulation is being installed, the contractor invoice must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s). In addition, a photo of the pipe insulation installed on the HVAC or water heating upgrade is required.

Air-source heat pump

Measure ID: R-HC-007

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • A heat pump is a year-round space conditioning system that provides heating and cooling. An air-source heat pump moves heat energy from inside to outside in the summer and outside to inside in the winter.
  • Duct insulation ensures minimal heat is lost before conditioned air is delivered to conditioned spaces. Duct insulation (required for projects in the City of Edmonton) is an eligible upgrade cost that can be combined with this upgrade to increase energy savings.

Effective Useful Life: 16 years

Eligibility Requirements

  • The air-source heat pump must be ENERGY STAR certified to the most recently published version. The air-source heat pump must replace or be supplemental to an existing less efficient heat source and satisfy at least 50% of the designed heating load for the conditioned space of the home.
  • City of Edmonton additional eligibility requirements: The insulation of exposed duct, as it relates to the operation of the system, must be installed with the heat pump. If not already installed, the duct insulation must be completed by the same Qualified Contractor completing the installation of the system.

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, efficiency specifications, equipment make and model number(s), capacity in kBTU/hour, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A copy of a completed NRCan ASHP Sizing and Selection Guide Key Specifications Summary Worksheet for the heat pump.
  • Documentation demonstrating the per cent of heating load met.
  • Equipment specification sheet(s) confirming equipment details and ENERGY STAR certification.
  • The Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Reference Number.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor quote must include the insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), and per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s).

Supporting documents required for Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), capacity in kBTU/hour, installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the equipment installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor invoice must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s). In addition, a photo of the duct insulation installed on the HVAC or water heating upgrade is required.

Heat recovery ventilation or energy recovery ventilation

Measure ID: R-HC-008

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • Heat and energy recovery equipment extracts heat and/or energy from stale air exhausted to the outside of the home. The recovered energy is used to reduce the heating of fresh air delivered to the home.
  • Duct insulation ensures minimal heat is lost before conditioned air is delivered to conditioned spaces. Duct insulation (required for the City of Edmonton) is an eligible upgrade cost that can be combined with this measure to increase energy savings.

Effective Useful Life: If replacing an existing system, 18 years. If installed with a measure that improves air tightness, the EUL is based on the air sealing upgrade that the heat and energy recovery ventilation system is combined with.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Heat or energy recovery ventilation systems must either replace a less efficient heat or energy recovery ventilation system, or be a required design element required in projects that improve air tightness (e.g., air sealing). The system must be a factory-assembled, packaged unit including fans or blowers that transfer heat between two isolated airstreams, and ENERGY STAR and Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) certified (must appear in section III of the HVI Certified Products Directory). Portable units are ineligible. If replacing, the efficiency of the new unit must be higher than the existing unit.
  • If a heat or energy ventilation system is not already installed, heat and energy recovery ventilation systems are only eligible when combined with an eligible upgrade that decreases air leakage (e.g., house wrap, doors, windows, insulation and other air sealing). The pre-project EnerGuide Home Evaluation must include air sealing as a recommended upgrade.
  • City of Edmonton additional eligibility requirements: The insulation of exposed duct, as it relates to the operation of the system, must be installed with the ventilation system. If not already installed, the duct insulation must be completed by the same Qualified Contractor completing the installation of the system.

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, efficiency specifications, equipment make and model number(s), capacity, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • Equipment specification sheets confirming equipment details, and ENERGY STAR and HVI certification.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor quote must include the insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), and per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s).

Supporting documents required for Upgrade Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), capacity, installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the equipment installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.
  • If combined with an upgrade that can improve air tightness, in addition to what is listed here, refer to ‘Supporting Documentation for the Upgrade Completion Form’ for that upgrade’s required documentation.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor invoice must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s). In addition, a photo of the duct insulation installed on the HVAC or water heating upgrade is required.

Ground source heat pump

Measure ID: R-HC-011

Eligible Upgrade Description

  • A ground source heat pump is a year-round space conditioning system that provides heating and cooling. The heat pump moves heat from the ground to inside air in the winter and from inside air to the ground in the summer.
  • Duct insulation ensures minimal heat is lost before conditioned air is delivered to conditioned spaces. Duct insulation (required for the City of Edmonton) is an eligible upgrade cost that can be combined with this measure to increase energy savings.

Effective Useful Life: 16 years

Eligibility Requirements

  • The residential heat pump must be ENERGY STAR certified to the most recently published version, satisfy CSA Standard C448, and must be installed by an IGSHPA certified installer. The heat pump must replace or be supplemental to a less-efficient heat source and satisfy at least 50% of the designed heating load for the conditioned space of the home.
  • City of Edmonton additional eligibility requirements: The insulation of exposed duct, as it relates to the operation of the system, must be installed with the heat pump. If not already installed, the duct insulation must be completed by the same Qualified Contractor completing the installation of the system.

Supporting documents required for Project Application Form

  • A contractor quote itemizing the equipment to be installed, efficiency specifications, equipment make and model number(s), size in kBTU/hour, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • Equipment specification sheet(s) confirming equipment details and ENERGY STAR certification.
  • Documentation from the Qualified Contractor confirming that the installer is IGSHPA certified, the system meets CSA Standard C448, and the required per cent of heating load is met.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor quote must include the insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), and per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s).

Supporting documents required for Upgrade Completion Form

  • A contractor invoice itemizing the installed equipment, equipment make and model number(s), size in kBTU/hour, installation date, and costs of equipment and installation.
  • A photo of the equipment installed on the property.
  • A photo of the equipment nameplate label (including model and serial number), with all information legible.
  • Documentation from the Qualified Contractor confirming the system meets at least 50% of the heating load.
  • If duct insulation is being installed, the contractor invoice must include insulation type, location, amount (linear metres or feet), per cent of total area covered, costs of material and installation, and applicable material specification sheet(s). In addition, a photo of the duct insulation installed on the HVAC or water heating upgrade is required.

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