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According to Statistics Canada, in 1947, 83% of households burned solid fuel: coal and wood. By 1965, oil peaked as the dominant source of heat in 60% of homes. By 2003, electric heat won out at 50% of all heating systems installed in homes in Canada.  In 2007, the majority of Canadian households kept warm with natural gas heat.

“It’s an evolving world.” Caroline Czajko, as Canada’s Manufacturer’s Division Manager with the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) says, “natural gas furnaces are still the most popular form of household heating.” But the environmental considerations and the push to replace old furnaces with the now required high efficiency models are encouraging homeowners toward some of the newer, greener systems such as ground source, or geothermal heating. “Sales have really skyrocketed from ground-source heat pumps.” Says Caroline, adding that, “the price and type of property are still limiting factors.  It’s not for everyone.”

When choosing how to heat your home, the choices can be overwhelming. After all, your heating system account for 60% of your home’s energy consumption. Taking note of the pros and cons of each option can help you prioritize your needs and find the solution that will best suit your lifestyle.

It’s always best to go straight to the professionals with your questions and concerns. The HRAI consist of 900 member contractors across Canada. You can always use the contractor locator on their website to find which one suits you best. http://www.hrai.ca/contractorlocator.php

If you’re still on the fence, visit the Office of Energy Efficiency at http://www.nrcan.gc.ca for a home heating system cost calculator. Here you can compare the cost of your current heating system with other options to see if you’re getting the most out of your warmth.

 

THE HEAT IS ON

(Click: Read More... In order to view the table of Pros & Cons in choosing an Energy Efficient, Heating System that works for your home.)


PROS

CONS

Oil

  • Non-explosive
  • Less likely to produce carbon monoxide
  • Independent suppliers
  • No monthly service fees
  • Can save money through monitored use
  • Quicker heating time
  • Environmentally damaging
  • Non-renewable resource
  • Requires considerable space
  • High maintenance
  • Potential water contaminants
  • 85% maximum efficiency
  • High temperature exhaust
  • Fluctuating prices
  • Environmentally damaging
  • Non-renewable resource
  • Requires considerable space
  • High maintenance
  • Potential water contaminants
  • 85% maximum efficiency
  • High temperature exhaust
  • Fluctuating prices

Natural Gas

  • Cleaner, odorless heat
  • Renewable resource
  • 95% maximum efficiency
  • Low temperature
  • Useful for kitchen, BBQs & laundry as well
  • Environmental damaging
  • Can be pricey
  • Monthly service fees
  • Produces carbon monoxide
  • Potentially explosive
  • Environmental damaging
  • Can be pricey
  • Monthly service fees
  • Produces carbon monoxide
  • Potentially explosive

Wood

  • Can be more affordable
  • Renewable resource
  • Creates atmosphere
  • No monthly service fees
  • Inconsistent heat
  • Messy & requires physical work
  • Creates air pollution
  • Requires chimney or proper ventilation system
  • Often requires a complementary heating system
  • Increases home insurance costs
  • Requires space for wood storage
  • Inconsistent heat
  • Messy & requires physical work
  • Creates air pollution
  • Requires chimney or proper ventilation system
  • Often requires a complementary heating system
  • Increases home insurance costs
  • Requires space for wood storage

Solar

  • No harmful emissions
  • Significant monthly savings
  • Highly renewable resource
  • Low maintenance
  • Quiet
  • Flexible
  • Expensive initial investment
  • Often requires a complementary heating system
  • Location dependent
  • Requires considerable space
  • Dependent on amount of sun
  • Expensive initial investment
  • Often requires a complementary heating system
  • Location dependent
  • Requires considerable space
  • Dependent on amount of sun

Electricity

  • Less danger of carbon monoxide
  • Clean
  • Lower installation costs
  • Individually controlled
  • Throughout home
  • Expensive to operate long term
  • Environmentally harmful
  • Inefficient
  • Exposed, unattractive heaters
  • Expensive to operate long term
  • Environmentally harmful
  • Inefficient
  • Exposed, unattractive heaters

Geothermal

  • Quiet
  • Significant monthly savings
    (sometimes 70%)
  • Retrofit using existing ductwork
  • Highly renewable resource
  • Safe and healthy
  • Low maintenance
  • Can be used for hot water purposes throughout the home (ex. bathing, laundry)
  • Expensive initial investment
  • Requires significant land
  • Uses refrigerants
  • Difficult to repair underground piping
  • Expensive initial investment
  • Requires significant land
  • Uses refrigerants
  • Difficult to repair underground piping
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