5 facts you need to know about heat­ing your home

Packet & Times (Orillia) - - HOMES EXTRA -

elec­tric­ity for a heat pump, the sys­tem de­liv­ers $2 to $3 worth of heat, com­pared with elec­tric base­board re­sis­tance heaters. Most heat pumps can also op­er­ate in re­verse, cool­ing your home in sum­mer.

We’ve had pro­gram­mable ther­mostats for a long time, but the elec­tron­ics that con­trol heat­ing sys­tems are ad­vanc­ing be­yond th­ese ba­sics. Wire­less ther­mostats, for ex­am­ple, make it easy to con­trol the tem­per­a­ture of dif­fer­ent rooms in­de­pen­dently. Why heat a room you won’t be us­ing at cer­tain times of the day? To­day’s best con­trol sys­tems also de­liver tem­per­a­ture lev­els that are more sta­ble and con­sis­tent than ever, es­pe­cially with hot wa­ter heat­ing sys­tems.

Re­gard­less of what in­su­la­tion or heat­ing sys­tem changes you want to make to your home, be sure to hire a qual­i­fied con­trac­tor to do the work. Home heat­ing sys­tems are not DIY projects — you need an ex­pert who knows all the safety re­quire­ments. Elec­tri­cal and gas con­trac­tors need to be li­censed, so never hire some­one who isn’t.

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