Homeowners installing a high performance heat recovery ventilator (HRV) in an existing home can receive a $500 rebate. Heat recovery ventilators provide a balanced supply of fresh air to a home while exhausting stale air from kitchens and bathrooms. Heat recovery ventilators are essential for homes that are tightly sealed and have little air leakage.
Heat recovery ventilators must be listed with the Home Ventilating Institute and have a 64% or higher sensible recovery efficiency at -25°C. Heat recovery ventilators must be balanced by a qualified technician. A balance report must be submitted as part of the rebate application package.
Insulating and/or air sealing a home may introduce ventilation issues. Homes with decreased air leakage may experience:
Installing a HRV can provide a controlled and balanced source of fresh air to your home to help mitigate these issues. You can read more about these topics in NRCan’s Keeping the Heat In – Chapter 9: Operating your house. You can also contact us by phone or email to discuss your situation or visit us in person at the Energy Solutions Centre.
HRVs provide fresh air to bedrooms and living areas while exhausting stale air from kitchens and bathrooms. The flow of air is balanced with the same amount of fresh being brought in as is exhausted. The heat from the exhaust air is used to warm the incoming fresh air. You can find detailed information about HRVs at CMCH’s Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) page.
Heat recovery ventilators systems should be designed and installed by a Heating, Refrigerator and Air Conditioning Institute-qualified supplier or contractor in accordance with current building code and bylaws. Installing an HRV in an existing home can be challenging (and in some cases may not be possible) as exhaust runs must run from the kitchen and bathrooms to the HRV.
Homeowners replacing existing windows with ENERGY STAR® Zone 3 windows are eligible for a $100 rebate per window to a maximum rebate of $1,000 per home.
Replacing single or double pane windows with high performance windows can lead to savings, as well as reducing drafts and condensation issues. Find out more information about windows in Window design for Canada’s North.
You must complete a renovation upgrade service to qualify for the insulation rebate. This involves contacting a certified energy advisor and scheduling a home visit. The advisor will discuss your planned renovations and may make additional suggestions based on blower door tests and energy modeling. Follow the advisor’s recommendations to qualify for the insulation rebates. You must schedule a return visit with the advisor to confirm that renovations are complete prior to applying for the insulation rebate.
Energy advisor service
Insulation upgrades tend to be expensive due to material and labour costs and the complications that arise when renovating older homes. Every homeowner will have different situations and needs based on their needs, lifestyle and condition of their home. A homeowner can determine whether an insulation upgrade makes sense for them by completing a renovation upgrade service with a certified energy advisor and collecting quotes from reliable contractors. The potential energy savings from the insulation upgrade can be compared to the projected project costs to determine what savings might be realized.
Re-siding or re-roofing a home provide excellent opportunities for increasing insulation levels.
Review our illustrated guide for renovating existing homes to make sure you follow best building science practices for the North. We are happy to discuss these recommended practices with contractors, builders and tradespeople. Contact us by phone or email to discuss your project in more detail.
Achieving a basic or high performance insulation upgrade in a ceiling can be a challenging project. The amount of insulation in a ceiling is typically dictated by the truss and the height of the truss heel. It may be difficult to get R-20 or more insulation due to the low heel height. The ceiling must be insulated in its entirety to be eligible for rebate as the rebate is set by the lowest value of insulation added to a component. Contact us by phone or email to dicuss your project in more detail.
Project costs will be unique to each home. We recommend getting multiple quotes and following this guide to hiring a contractor. You may be eligible for a loan through Yukon Housing Corporation’s home repair program.
You can estimate the savings an insulation upgrade might provide by comparing the projected capital cost of the project (contractor quotes) to the estimated annual energy savings (renovation upgrade report) over time (how long you expect to live in your home). You can use our home energy calculator to estimate these costs or contact us by phone or email to arrange a time to discuss these calculations in person at the Energy Solutions Centre.