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Canada - Heating and Air-Conditioning
Some homes opt for electric heating, which can be switched on at a touch of a button. This can mean a complete heating system or individual plug in heaters for each room. One of the main issues with electric heating is that it can be fairly expensive to run and not as effective as oil or gas heating.
Most homes will have a thermostat so that the temperature within the house can be easily controlled. The authorities in Canada are encouraging homeowners to consider environmental concerns when using energy so measures such as not using heating when temperatures are higher, ensuring that the house is properly insulated and ensuring that heat cannot escape are essential to keep houses in Canada properly warm and costs low. However, due to the extreme cold in some areas during the winter months it is advised to keep the heating on at all times and at a low temperature if you are not at home, in order to prevent pipes from freezing.
An alternative to standard heating is a heat pump. These work with existing air conditioning systems and take heat from the air outdoors and pump it into the house. This is known as electric resistance heat and these systems are known for being very energy efficient. There are systems which have been designed specifically to deal with the extremes of temperature in some areas of Canada. This system can then be used to provide both cooling air in summer and warming air in winter.
The system works in winter by extracting warmth from the cold air, which is there even if you cannot feel it. There are a number of rebates available from the national government to encourage people to install this type of heating. In the summer it works by taking heat out of the room and pumping it back outside. This type of heating can be easily fitted to existing units so installation is a quick process and the system is extremely cost effective.
Another form of heating that is popular, particularly in rural areas, is solid fuel heating. This is in the form of multi-fuel stoves which can be either used to heat one room, or connected to a back boiler and used to heat the water supply and the radiators in the home. These are very cost effective as these can be run by simply burning wood which is widely available in rural areas.
When you are looking to have new heating systems installed in your Canadian home you need to be sure that you opt for qualified engineers. This type of profession is one that is regulated in most provinces so there will be certificates issued to qualified and experienced engineers. Most will be registered with a governing body which will check their credentials before they are able to begin trading. These regulatory bodies are a good place to start when you are looking for an engineer as most have listings on their websites.
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