How to Replace Your Old Heating System

Your choice of heating system affects your energy bill. If you need to replace an old or failing heating system, or are ready to upgrade, we recommend that you:

1. Find a Contractor.

A DC-licensed HVAC contractor can help you and make sure your choices are eligible for rebates.

2. Choose Efficiency.

The DCSEU offers rebates on over 300 models of energy efficient heating system.

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3. Get a Rebate.

DCSEU rebates help offset the increased cost of high-efficiency heating system.

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Get More Out of Your Energy Dollar

Simply purchasing new equipment doesn't give you the maximum savings from efficiency. Consider ENERGY STAR systems. The higher the AFUE the more efficient the system. See the difference in energy costs below (based on savings from natural gas boilers).

What is a Zoned HVAC System?

Zoned Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems use a network of thermostats that control temperatures in different areas of the house. System zoning allows you to save money by running temperature-controlled air to those rooms only when necessary.

Why Zones?

  • Increase your comfort by regulating the temperature of individual rooms - different areas of a home have different temperature needs, depending on occupancy and use.
  • Save money on your energy bills - by heating only the parts of the home that need it, instead of the whole house.

Adding zones when you need to update an old heating system can give additional energy savings. Ask a contractor whether zoning is a good option to save energy in your home.

What is a Programmable Thermostat?

A programmable thermostat is a home heating control that can adjust the temperature of your home according to your preferences. You could be missing a great energy-saving opportunity if you are still using a manual thermostat. You can set a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature at times when you’re regularly away or sleeping, an easy way to save energy while staying comfortable at home.

Use a programmable thermostat to automatically warm up your house when you get up in the morning and when you come home at the end of the day. Contrary to popular belief, the energy used to get back up to a comfortable temperature does not exceed the energy you save while the thermostat is turned down.

Install a programmable thermostat and you could be saving up to $40 per year in energy costs, and be eligible for a rebate from the DCSEU.

If you have a thermostat provided by the Pepco Energy Wise RewardsTM program, you are not eligible for this rebate. Visit the Pepco Energy Wise Rewards program website or call 1-866-353-5798 for more information.

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Heating and Cooling equipment must be installed by a DC-licensed contractor in order to qualify for rebates. Contractors must have a valid DC Master Plumbing/Gas Fitter license to offer heating rebates. 

Qualifying Product

Qualified Source

Qualifying Efficiency Level

Previous Rebate

Updated Rebate

(Until Septmeber 30, 2021)



ES Qualified AFUE ≥ 90%; AFUE < 95%



AFUE ≥ 95%





AFUE ≥ 94%



Air Source Heat Pumps


SEER ≥ 16
EER ≥ 13
HSPF ≥ 9.0



SEER ≥ 18 
EER ≥ 13 
HSPF ≥ 9.5 



Variable Speed (Ductless) Mini-Split Heat Pumps


SEER ≥ 18
EER ≥ 12.5
HSPF ≥ 8.5



SEER ≥ 20 
EER ≥ 13
HSPF ≥ 9.5



Smart Thermostat (Read More)


Up to $50

Up to $50

*Disclaimer: The DCSEU website has the most up-to-date rebate information. Please refer back to this table or DCSEU rebate applications for accurate rebate amounts.

Apply for rebates


  • Equipment must be purchased new and installed by a licensed contractor between 10/1/20-9/30/21. 
  • Equipment must be installed in residential households of 4 units or less. 
  • Rebates for products installed after 9/30/21 are subject to change.
  • Equipment model numbers must meet ENERGY STAR specifications (for Boilers, Furnacesand Smart Thermostats) or CEE Tier1 or Tier 2 specifications for Heat Pumps
  • Limit one product per utility account per fiscal year.
  • Application and any required additional documentation must be filled out completely, truthfully, and accurately. These materials must be submitted within 30 days of the installation date and postmarked by 9/30/21 to qualify for a rebate.

Apply for Rebates

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