HEATING WITH GAS
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If your present home-heating system is costing too much to operate or is in poor condition or if you are planning on buying a new home, you are probably considering your heating options. About 60 percent of the energy required to run the average home is used for space heating. Therefore, one of the most important projects you will undertake as a homeowner, along with insulating and air sealing, is choosing, changing or upgrading your heating system. A smart decision about heating can significantly reduce the cost of running your home and also make your home more comfortable. Some impressive improvements have been made in heating systems in recent years, and there is a wide range of good equipment on the market.
You will be using your new or improved heating system for a long time, so it is important to do your homework before you make a choice. It is worth taking the time now to ensure that you make the best choice for your situation. You should thoroughly investigate all your options first. These days, however, your options may be quite bewildering because of the wide range of equipment and energy sources available. This booklet will help you make the right buying decision. You will find it useful whether you are installing a system in a new home, replacing a system in an existing home or simply upgrading your present system.
Before proceeding any further, you should familiarize yourself with a number of basic concepts that will help you understand your options.
If you are heating with natural gas or propane or you are considering one or the other, the more you understand the terminology associated with gas heating systems, the better equipped you will be to make a wise heating system choice. The text box "Gas Heating Terms" presents some of the basics.
The efficiency of your heating system can be improved in many ways. Some improvements are simple enough that you may be able to do them yourself. Others require changes that can be performed only by a licensed service-person, a qualified heating contractor or, in the case of electric systems, an electrician. All improvements should pay for themselves within a reasonable time. When you are thinking about your heating system, remember to also consider your water heater.
Source: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) - Office of Energy Efficiency
The Heating and Cooling Series is published by EnerGuide, an energy efficiency labelling initiative of Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency. EnerGuide is the official Government of Canada mark associated with the labelling and rating of the energy consumption or energy efficiency of household appliances, heating and ventilation equipment, air conditioners, houses and vehicles.
EnerGuide also helps manufacturers and dealers promote energy-efficient equipment and provides consumers with the information they need to choose energy-efficient residential equipment.