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What are the eligibility requirements for a furnace?

If you are planning to install a high-efficiency furnace and receive the incentive from the Heating and Cooling Improvements path under the Home Performance Program, make sure it is eligible by referring to these guidelines. There are two different eligibility requirements depending on your fuel type.

Propane Multi-Stage Furnace with ECM, 90%+ AFUE

  • Furnace must have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 90 percent or greater.
  • Must be a customer of a participating electric utility.
  • Propane furnaces are eligible. Electric, oil, and natural gas furnaces are not eligible.
  • Furnace must have a multi-stage or modulating burner.
  • Furnace must have an electronically commutated motor (ECM). An ECM is sometimes referred to as a variable speed, constant-airflow, constant torque, electronically efficient (EEM), or X-13 motor. A permanent split capacitor motor (PSC), single- or multi-speed, does not qualify.
  • Furnace must be a sealed combustion unit and must be the primary heating source for the home's living space.
  • Chimney liners must be installed where a high-efficiency gas furnace replaces an atmospherically-drafted furnace and only a water heater remains vented through the chimney. The interior opening left by the removed furnace must be closed with a metal cap and sealed with caulk or mortar.
  • Be sure to check our pre-qualified equipment lists at focusonenergy.com/heatingandcooling

Natural Gas Multi-Stage Furnace with ECM, 95%+ AFUE

  • Furnace must have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 95 percent or greater.
  • Must be a customer of a participating electric utility and a participating natural gas utility. Customer must use natural gas for home heating.
  • Only natural gas furnaces are eligible.
  • Furnace must have a multi-stage or modulating burner.
  • Furnace must have an electronically commutated motor (ECM). An ECM is sometimes referred to as a variable speed, constant-airflow, constant-torque, electronically-efficient (EEM), or X-13 motor. A permanent split capacitor motor (PSC), single- or multi-speed motors are not eligible.
  • Furnace must be a sealed combustion unit and must be the primary heating source for the home's living space.
  • Chimney liners must be installed where a high-efficiency gas furnace replaces an atmospherically-drafted furnace and only a water heater remains vented through the chimney. The interior opening left by the removed furnace must be closed with a metal cap and sealed with caulk or mortar. 
  • Be sure to check our pre-qualified equipment lists at focusonenergy.com/heatingandcooling

Be sure to review the general program terms here before installing your equipment.

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