Buy ENERGY STAR® certified heating equipment to save you money!
Canada's cold climate means that space heating accounts for a remarkable 63% of the energy used in the average Canadian home. In commercial and institutional settings, space heating accounts for 56% of energy use. No wonder you should look to heating to find energy savings opportunities!
It’s important to remember the cost of energy to operate a product over its lifetime is just as important as its purchase price. For heating equipment, operating costs are calculated by factoring in how many days during the year you need to heat, the fuel type and price, and equipment efficiency.
Use the home heating system cost calculator. This calculator lets you compare the costs of your current home heating system with the savings offered by newer equipment and other sources of energy. It is for homes using one heating source: electricity, natural gas, propane or oil.
Make the switch to ENERGY STAR certified equipment to cut your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint.
ENERGY STAR certified heating equipment
The following ENERGY STAR certified products are available in Canada.
- Boilers—gas and oil
- Furnaces—gas and oil
- Heat pumps
- Commercial boilers
Find certified products using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. (Note: you will be redirected to the US ENERGY STAR website. Click “Canada” as your market).
Regulated heating equipment NOT eligible for ENERGY STAR
- Electric boilers
- Gas fireplaces
- Electric heaters
- Internal water loop heat pump — commercial
- Commercial gas unit heaters
- When buying a new home heating system or components, you should always get at least 3 separate quotes and ask your contractor to calculate the heat requirements for your home to make sure your furnace is sized properly.
- Have your heating system serviced annually. The best time to service your unit is at the end of the summer, prior to the start of the next heating season.
- Clean or replace filters regularly (look at your owner’s manual for the most precise information).
- Visit the individual product pages above for more helpful tips.
- For further information on improving energy efficiency at home or work, visit our energy efficiency library.
- See our list of ENERGY STAR participating manufacturers and retailers.
Tools to find energy efficient heating equipment
- The easiest way to identify efficient heating equipment is to look for the ENERGY STAR symbol. All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency standards and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.
- The “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” designation is offered each year to products that are “the best of the best” – the top energy performers in their class. Learn more about ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.
- Use the voluntary EnerGuide label on some heating equipment’s literature to compare a model’s energy consumption to similar models. Learn more about EnerGuide labels.
- Many types of heating equipment must meet minimum energy efficiency standards as regulated under Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. The Regulations help eliminate the least efficient products from the Canadian market.
The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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