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Types of Heating Systems in Canada


The diverse Canadian climate, from the icy terrain of the northern territories to the milder coastal regions, demands tailored solutions to combat the cold. So, if you're looking to enhance your indoor comfort throughout the winter, it's essential that you know about the different types of heating systems in Canada. Join the team from Moore and Russell as we unravel each below.

What is the most efficient heating system in Canada?

Choosing the right heating system for your Canadian house is a unique process that is impacted by a number of important variables. First and foremost, the dimensions and design of your home are important considerations because different heating systems are designed to fit different types of home layouts. Because of this, being aware of your house's unique heating requirements can assist in ensuring that the heating system you ultimately choose can operate as efficiently and as little as possible, saving you money on monthly electricity bills. This includes the size of your space, the height of your ceilings, and more.

You should also think about your budget while buying a new system. Although there may be differences in the initial and ongoing expenditures, some heating systems may be less expensive to operate than others. Achieving a budget-friendly purchase involves achieving the correct balance between effectiveness and pricing.

Furthermore, heating systems may need higher efficiency ratings in areas with harsh winters, such as the northern and eastern provinces and territories, compared to areas with more temperate winters, such as British Columbia. Therefore, knowing how each system functions in various environments will help you make a well-informed choice that will last you throughout the coldest months of the year.

Last but not least, how well your home is insulated directly affects how warm it will remain. Homes with enough insulation can store more heat, which allows the heating system to run with greater efficiency and keep your interior comfortable, compared to homes with drafts. Therefore, your best option is to contact a local HVAC company and set up an appointment for a consultant to assess your needs.

How do I know what heating system I have?

 You can identify the heating system in your house by following these easy steps:

  1. Examine Your Equipment: Look for a label that lists information like the model, make, and heating capacity of your unit.
  2. Examine your thermostat's settings: "Heat" solely denotes a heating-only system, whereas "cool" and "heat" signify you have both a heating and cooling system.
  3. Examine your Energy Bills: The type of heating system you have may be listed on your monthly utility bill.
  4. Seek Professional Assistance: For a comprehensive assessment and verification of your home heating system, reach out to a professional HVAC company if you still can't determine what you have. 

Which heating system is the most cost effective? 

A heating system's affordability is determined by a number of variables, such as its installation price, operational efficacy, servicing expenses, and local energy prices. Nonetheless, here are some of the main types to consider:

  • Air Source Heat Pumps: In temperate regions, especially air source heat pumps can be incredibly affordable. They can supply both heating and cooling and work by taking heat from the surrounding air rather than generating heat. This utilizes less energy than conventional heating systems.
  • Natural Gas Furnaces: In areas where natural gas is widely available and reasonably priced, natural gas furnaces tend to be a cost-effective choice.
  • Ductless Mini-Split Systems: Because of their zoning capabilities, ductless mini-split systems can be affordable to operate. They enable customized heating in various parts of the house for a more customized experience compared to heating an entire home at once. 

To find out more about cost-effective heating systems for your home, it's best to work with a professional HVAC company that can assess the different factors mentioned above for a customized installation result that is tailored to your unique needs and circumstances.

How long do heating systems usually last?

Numerous factors, including the type of system, install quality, scheduled service, and usage patterns, affect how long a heating system lasts. Having said that, some heating systems are known for being more robust and long-lasting than others. Here's a more detailed look below:

  • Boilers: Properly serviced boilers have a 20 to 30-year lifespan or longer.
  • Furnaces: With the proper maintenance, high-efficiency furnaces will operate for 20 to 25 years.
  • Heat Pumps: The typical lifespan of air source heat pumps is between 15 and 20 years.

It's important to keep in mind that several factors, such as how frequently servicing is performed, how effectively the installation process is completed, and if the system itself is the correct dimension for the dwelling, can have a significant influence on how long a heating system lasts. A simple strategy to extend the life of your heating system is to schedule a maintenance visit with a qualified technician once a year and make sure you fix any issues with the appliance as soon as they arise.

Are you in the market for a new energy-efficient heating system for your home? If so, the professional HVAC team from Moore and Russell Heating and Air Conditioning is here to make it happen.

To learn more about the options available to you, don't hesitate to book a consultation appointment with one of our experienced home comfort advisors, who will walk you through the process of purchasing a new heating system and give you more information about our current discounts and financing options. All consultation appointments also include a complimentary estimate when you buy a new system.

Moore and Russell Heating and Air Conditioning is happy to work with homeowners throughout Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Ladner, Langley City, Walnut Grove, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Newton, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, and Surrey.

If you live in any one of these communities, reach out to us directly or book your consultation appointment by using our online scheduling form!

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