When homeowners think about their home heating systems, what comes to mind usually are forced air furnaces—but there are a number of other systems available. Choosing the right product for your needs will depend on your home, your budget and your specific needs.
High-Efficiency Furnaces – Any new furnaces sold are subject to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations that require residential gas furnaces to have a minimum fuel efficiency of 90% AFUE (Annual Fuel Use Efficiency). Furnaces use a forced-air system to distribute the air throughout the home via ductwork. This is the most common type of central heating system used in Canada.
Hydronic System – Another type of home heating system uses a boiler to distribute heat throughout the home by circulating hot water through pipes. Water is circulated through the home before returning to the boiler to be heated again. While older boiler systems require heavy pipes and radiators, newer systems use plastic piping and smaller, more efficient boilers.
Heat-Pump System – A heat-pump system works in a different way. Instead of producing warm (or cold) air, this type of system transfers heat. In the winter, heat is removed from outside and pumped indoors where it passes through a heat exchanger. In the summer, the system works in reverse, removing heat and humidity from inside and transferring it outside.
There are a number of home heating systems available. If you’re looking to upgrade your current system, make sure to inquire about all possible options to ensure you have the right product for your home and specific needs.
Did you know that the government offers rebates on certain home heating systems? For example, currently, you can save up to $5,800 for an air-source heat pump installation!
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