6.2 - PROFILE OF HEATING SYSTEMS
  Number of households by region
Canada Atlantic Quebec Ontario
Main energy source for furnace
Electricity 629,084 A U 175,084 M 219,394 A
Natural gas 5,221,262 A U 77,501 M 2,989,149 A
Heating oil 536,160 A 149,905 A 184,821 M 166,501 M
Wood 64,476 M 31,219 M U U
Propane 120,530 M U U U
Other U U U U
Dual source 282,095 A 30,295 M U 89,891 M
Don't know 169,991 M U U
Not stated U U
Age of furnace
5 years or less 1,379,428 A 19,434 M U 826,366 A
6 to 10 years 1,417,525 A 27,708 M 121,220 M 774,181 A
11 to 15 years 837,780 A 24,159 M U 438,629 A
16 to 20 years 523,844 A 36,403 M U 245,166 A
21 to 25 years 289,399 A U U 121,014 M
26 years or more 483,639 A U U U
Don't know 422,396 A U U 178,138 M
Not stated 1,728,700 A 42,059 M 101,786 M 950,848 A
Total households with furnace as main heating system 7,082,711 A 227,810 A 540,374 A 3,675,362 A
Households with an ENERGY STAR® furnace
Yes 1,993,139 A 24,324 M U 1,238,790 A
No 1,060,631 A 63,970 M 148,033 M 352,778 A
Don't know 1,759,951 A 67,692 M 194,543 M 839,693 A
Not stated 2,268,990 A 71,823 A 150,484 M 1,244,100 A
Efficiency rating of the furnace
High (the exhaust pipe is plastic and vents through the side of the house) 1,739,267 A U U 1,273,759 A
Medium (the exhaust pipe is metal and vents through the side of the house or through the roof) 1,359,612 A 58,323 M 137,450 M 580,909 A
Low (the exhaust pipe is metal and vents through the roof) 470,705 A 36,966 M U 115,254 M
Don't know 1,330,373 A 65,348 M 188,600 M 570,267 A
Not stated 2,182,754 A 65,785 M 145,164 M 1,135,173 A
Frequency of furnace filter cleaning/replacement
Every 3 months or more frequently 2,986,756 A 46,061 M 159,513 M 1,788,567 A
Every 6 months 1,584,972 A 54,001 A 101,998 M 777,975 A
Once in the past year 1,590,486 A 80,159 A 96,983 M 711,660 A
Did not change or clean filter in the past year 146,632 M U U 56,697 M
Don't know 304,047 M U U 210,181 M
Not stated 469,818 A 28,494 M U 130,282 M
Age of electric baseboards
5 years or less 290,409 M 28,631 M 155,452 M U
6 to 10 years 355,789 M 35,023 M 286,094 M U
11 to 15 years 400,078 M 30,997 M 223,791 M U
16 to 20 years 363,951 M 33,973 M 236,620 M U
21 to 25 years 220,847 A 26,178 M 135,529 M U
26 years or more 430,560 A 43,015 M 278,956 A U
Don't know 445,265 A U 243,453 M 89,057 M
Not stated 1,013,109 A 128,809 A 473,041 A 211,643 M
Total households with electric baseboards as main heating system 3,520,008 A 363,608 A 2,032,934 A 417,776 A
Main energy source for boiler
Electricity 182,248 M U U U
Natural gas 465,769 A U U 256,679 M
Heating oil 212,402 A 119,996 A U U
Wood U U U
Propane U U
Other U U U U
Dual source U U U U
Don't know 257,837 M U U 178,714 M
Not stated U U U
Age of boiler
5 years or less 131,842 M U U U
6 to 10 years 90,682 M 33,128 M U U
11 to 15 years 61,095 M U U U
16 to 20 years 34,699 M U U U
21 to 25 years U U U U
26 years or more 65,669 M U U U
Don't know U U U U
Not stated 738,676 A U 138,170 M 387,506 M
Total households with boilers as main heating system 1,256,762 A 156,957 A 254,620 A 555,962 A
Households with an ENERGY STAR® boiler
Yes 104,455 M U U U
No 105,814 M 17,490 M U U
Don't know 203,024 M U U U
Not stated 843,469 A 99,069 A 149,349 M 401,007 M
Households with a heat pump
Yes 563,607 A 36,352 M 294,939 A 109,373 M
No 8,525,293 A 649,959 A 2,311,520 A 2,956,822 A
Don't know 675,516 A U U 290,864 A
Not stated 1,418,347 A 147,609 A 292,678 A 547,879 A
Type of heat pump
Air source 412,847 A 28,998 M 236,251 A U
Ground source 93,335 M U U U
Don't know U U U U
Not stated U U U
Age of heat pump
5 years or less 258,997 A 21,146 M 158,494 M U
6 to 10 years 116,132 M U U U
11 to 15 years U U U U
16 to 20 years U U U U
21 to 25 years U U U U
26 years or more U U U
Don't know U U U
Not stated U U U U
Households with an ENERGY STAR® heat pump
Yes 251,997 A 21,767 M 134,196 M 47,913 M
No 113,180 M U U U
Don't know 186,087 M U 94,728 M U
Not stated U U 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