6.2 - PROFILE OF HEATING SYSTEMS
  Number of households by region Number of households by type of dwelling1
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Single detached houses
Main energy source for furnace
Electricity 106,427 M U U 445,009 A
Natural gas 479,528 A 1,034,783 A 639,107 A 4,070,626 A
Heating oil U U U 412,213 A
Wood U 64,009 M
Propane U U U 105,360 M
Other U
Dual source U 67,455 M U 236,539 A
Don't know U U U U
Not stated U U U
Age of furnace
5 years or less 141,515 A 190,035 A 140,967 M 1,096,765 A
6 to 10 years 89,527 A 232,662 M 172,226 M 1,133,233 A
11 to 15 years 50,209 M 172,546 A 61,379 M 550,775 A
16 to 20 years 46,472 M 98,814 M 44,560 M 423,847 A
21 to 25 years 37,176 M U U 275,467 A
26 years or more 61,592 M 100,355 M 64,831 M 413,453 A
Don't know 67,130 M U U 297,168 A
Not stated 163,448 A 271,156 A 199,402 M 1,178,720 A
Total households with furnace as main heating system 657,069 A 1,174,368 A 807,728 A 5,369,427 A
Households with an ENERGY STAR® furnace
Yes 210,520 A 317,524 A 154,667 M 1,629,242 A
No 114,576 A 239,440 A 141,834 M 856,227 A
Don't know 123,029 A 299,584 A 235,410 M 1,311,592 A
Not stated 208,945 A 317,820 A 275,817 M 1,572,366 A
Efficiency rating of the furnace
High (the exhaust pipe is plastic and vents through the side of the house) 163,368 A 173,321 M 93,141 M 1,449,764 A
Medium (the exhaust pipe is metal and vents through the side of the house or through the roof) 112,424 A 291,024 A 179,482 M 1,053,656 A
Low (the exhaust pipe is metal and vents through the roof) 71,209 M 152,025 M 60,383 M 386,979 A
Don't know 107,087 M 250,650 M 148,421 M 950,360 A
Not stated 202,982 A 307,349 A 326,301 M 1,528,668 A
Frequency of furnace filter cleaning/replacement
Every 3 months or more frequently 314,494 A 455,107 A 223,014 M 2,412,060 A
Every 6 months 148,507 A 302,686 A 199,805 M 1,214,149 A
Once in the past year 147,679 A 274,176 M 279,829 M 1,156,385 A
Did not change or clean filter in the past year U U U 110,149 M
Don't know U U U U
Not stated U U U 354,009 M
Age of electric baseboards
5 years or less U U 127,578 M
6 to 10 years U U 192,564 M
11 to 15 years U U 147,631 M
16 to 20 years U U 132,978 M
21 to 25 years U U U 118,320 A
26 years or more U U 272,567 A
Don't know U U 96,633 M
Not stated U U U 269,619 A
Total households with electric baseboards as main heating system 121,089 M U 569,273 M 1,357,890 A
Main energy source for boiler
Electricity U U U U
Natural gas U U U 230,360 A
Heating oil U 134,236 A
Wood U U U
Propane U
Other U U U
Dual source U U U
Don't know U U U U
Not stated U U U
Age of boiler
5 years or less U U U 98,713 M
6 to 10 years U U U 75,809 M
11 to 15 years U U 32,189 M
16 to 20 years U U U
21 to 25 years U U U
26 years or more U U U 48,658 M
Don't know U U U
Not stated 36,669 M U U 104,219 M
Total households with boilers as main heating system 50,263 M 75,331 M 163,628 M 445,816 A
Households with an ENERGY STAR® boiler
Yes U U U 70,297 M
No U U U 94,191 M
Don't know U U U 95,813 M
Not stated 36,640 M U U 185,515 M
Households with a heat pump
Yes U U 70,515 M 463,249 A
No 563,140 A 902,428 A 1,141,424 A 5,669,912 A
Don't know 43,146 M U U 328,454 M
Not stated 95,136 M 150,404 M 184,641 M 756,021 A
Type of heat pump
Air source U U 55,550 M 350,065 A
Ground source U U 75,143 M
Don't know U U U
Not stated U U
Age of heat pump
5 years or less U U 214,860 A
6 to 10 years U U U 90,690 M
11 to 15 years U U U
16 to 20 years U U U
21 to 25 years U
26 years or more U
Don't know U U U
Not stated U U U
Households with an ENERGY STAR® heat pump
Yes U U 209,227 A
No U U U 97,988 M
Don't know U U U 143,691 M
Not stated U U

Footnotes:

1 Does not include the "Don't know/not stated" category.

Note:

Due to rounding, the numbers may not add up and may differ slightly among tables.

Legend:

The letter beside each estimate classifies its quality as follows: A–Acceptable, M–Use with caution, U–Too unreliable to be published.

Source:

2011 Survey of Household Energy Use