Frequently Asked Questions

The CLEANair Furnace Rebate Program is an incentive program that encourages consumers to choose a cleaner home heating product, with fewer air polluting emissions. There are three CLEANair rebates for: 1) Ultra-Low NOx High Altitude Furnaces (installed at or above 4,200 feet above sea level), 2) Ultra-Low NOx Weatherized Furnaces, and 3) All-electric heat pump split systems or side discharge heat pump for split ducted systems with a maximum cooling capacity of less than 5.5 tons, for replacements of existing furnace systems. The CLEANair Furnace Rebate Program is funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD). On September 4, 2020, the South Coast AQMD Governing Board authorized $3.5 million for the program. Twenty-five percent of the CLEANair rebate funds are allocated to low-income and disadvantaged communities.
An Ultra-Low NOx furnace is a South Coast AQMD-certified gas-fired model that meets the required emissions level of 14 ng/J NOx for single-family, multi-family, and small commercial properties within the jurisdiction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD).
Rule 1111 reduces smog-forming NOx emissions from residential and commercial space heating. NOx emissions contribute to the formation of ozone, commonly referred to as smog, and fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5. Ozone damages cells in the lung’s airways, causing inflammation and swelling. It also reduces the respiratory system’s ability to fight infection and remove foreign particles. The major health effects associated with particulate matter include increased mortality, exacerbation of respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease, and impacts on lung function. By purchasing and installing Clean Air Qualified Equipment, you are doing your part to improve air quality and promote public health.
Visit the Ultra-Low NOx High Altitude Qualified Furnace List or the Ultra-Low NOx Weatherized Qualified Furnace List for a directory of South Coast AQMD qualified furnace installations. As new eligible equipment becomes qualified by South Coast AQMD, those qualified brands and model numbers will be added to the list. An eligible heat pump rebate must show that a gas furnace was removed and all-electric, ducted, heat pump split system with air handler or side discharge heat pump for split ducted systems was installed. Ductless mini-split applications are not eligible.
Applicants in single-family residences, multi-family properties, or small commercial buildings within the South Coast AQMD’s jurisdiction who purchase and install an Ultra-Low NOx High Altitude Furnace (installed at or above 4,200 feet above sea level), purchase and install an Ultra-Low NOx Weatherized Furnace, or convert an existing furnace-based heating system to an all-electric heat pump system with a maximum cooling capacity of less than 5.5 tons are eligible to apply. Installation of either system in new construction do not qualify.
Yes, landlords may apply for the rebate. In order to qualify, you must submit all required documentation, and certify on the online application that you are the property owner. By accepting the terms of participation in the CLEANair program, you are certifying that you are the legal owner of the property where the installation was completed, and that you are eligible to receive the rebate.
Visit South Coast AQMD Jurisdiction to see if your city is listed. You may use the search feature to look up your location by zip code, city, or county to determine if the property is within the eligible service area.
Disadvantaged and low-income communities are identified under Senate Bill 535 (SB535) and Assembly Bill 1550 (AB1550), respectively. You may look up your address applicability in the CalEPA interactive map found here: https:/www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/lowincomemapfull.htm
The rebates will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the receipt of your application. The amount of the rebate varies based on the product installed. The rebate for an Ultra-Low NOx Furnace installed in a high altitude area (installed at or above 4,200 feet above sea level) is $500 (available for 200 compliant furnaces). The rebate for an Ultra-Low NOx Weatherized Furnace is $500 (available for 600 compliant furnaces). Finally, the rebate for a full electric heat pump system is $1500 for the first 2,000 applicable installations or until funds are exhausted. Twenty-five percent of the funds will be reserved for installations in disadvantaged and low-income areas until those funds are exhausted.
The rebate program for Ultra-Low NOx high altitude and weatherized furnaces is expected to end when the maximum number of rebates per category have been claimed, or on September 30, 2021, whichever occurs first. The rebate for all-electric heat pump systems will continue until the funds are exhausted. Any funds remaining from those allocated for high altitude and weatherized furnaces after September 30, 2021 will be added to the funds available for rebates for all-electric heat pump systems.
In order to receive a rebate, you must fill out the online application at www.cleanairfurnacerebate.com within 60 days of installing your furnace. When applying, you will select the appropriate furnace or heat pump brand and model number, and upload your invoice. The invoice must contain the installation date, furnace/heat pump manufacturer, full model number, full serial number, and total installation cost(s). Rebate applications for all-electric heat pump systems must include the full model and serial number for the system air handler along with the model number of the furnace it replaced.
Rebate applications are reviewed in the order of receipt, and are generally processed within two weeks or less from the date of submission. Your application status will be visible in your online application portal at www.cleanairfurnacerebate.com and can be reviewed at any time. Allow 4-6 weeks to receive your rebate check in the mail.
The status of your rebate application will be available in the online application portal found at www.cleanairfurnacerebate.com. You may log back into your online application account at any time to review your submitted applications and their associated statuses. You may also inquire about your status via telephone at 866-273-5280 or email at cleanairfurnace@egia.org.
The rebate call center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST. If you are attempting to reach the center after hours or on weekends, leave a message and you will be contacted within one business day following the receipt of your call.
If you are having difficulty receiving or viewing emails from the rebate program, you may try the following: Check your junk or quarantine folders for program emails. If found, please mark “not junk” for future communications to be routed to your inbox. Add our program email address to your address book, or add to your “allowed” list. The email address is cleanairfurnace@egia.org. Contact your email service provider and ask to allow emails from our email address or organization. Your email provider may be able to assist you in adjusting your email settings.
Applicants will be eligible to receive a rebate for each South Coast AQMD qualified unit replaced per address. However, only one type of rebate will be allowed per address. Addresses with more than one South Coast AQMD qualified product installed will be subject to review and may be considered for an inspection.
No. Only furnaces that have been qualified by South Coast AQMD are eligible for a rebate. Many furnaces have similar model numbers, but only the exact models on the list will qualify based on altitude, system placement, and air handler upgrade. We recommend that applicants visit the Ultra-Low NOx High Altitude Qualified Furnace List, Ultra-Low NOxWeatherized Qualified Product List or the Full Electric Heat Pump System Qualified List to confirm eligibility prior to applying for a rebate. If you believe that your furnace meets the requirements listed for eligibility, you may contact us at 866-273-5280 for review or assistance.
Yes, if the equipment installed is on the Ultra-Low NOx High Altitude Qualified Furnace List, Ultra-Low NOx Weatherized Qualified Furnace List or Full Electric Heat Pump System Qualified List.
Yes, if the furnace installed is on the Ultra-Low NOx High Altitude Qualified Furnace List, Ultra-Low NOx Weatherized Qualified Furnace List or Full Electric Heat Pump System Qualified List.
No, third parties are not eligible for a rebate. For contractors interested in applying, please see the information available on the Contractor Direct Rebate Option.
The Contractor Direct Rebate Option is a program which allows contractors to offer customers an Ultra-Low NOx High Altitude Furnace, an Ultra-Low NOx Weatherized Furnace, or convert to an electric heat pump system at a reduced cost by offering the rebate as an instant discount. This option allows homeowners to receive the CLEANair Furnace rebate as a deduction off of the total price at time of sale. This deduction must be clearly shown on the contractor’s installation invoice. Contractors must have each customer sign a release form which waives their right to the rebate check and allows the contractor to apply and collect the rebate directly. For additional information and release form, click here.