space heating


: heating of spaces especially for human comfort by any means (such as fuel, electricity, or solar radiation) with the heater either within the space or external to it

Examples of space heating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Washington was the first to use its building code to mandate all-electric space heating and cooling in new buildings - a step that effectively requires developers to install electric heat pumps. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2023 Aliso Canyon is operated by Southern California Gas Co. and supplies fuel to power plants, oil refineries and millions of homes and businesses that use gas for space heating, water heating and cooking. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Gas is also a fuel used much more for space heating, and space heating is a totally different thing than driving a car. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 25 Feb. 2022 The heat could be used for space heating or hot water in buildings, Haussener says, or for fueling industrial processes. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Apr. 2023 The 4% of U.S. households that use heating oil as the primary space heating fuel will spend about $2,350 on average this winter, up 27%. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2022 The construction of the multifamily Solis building, which requires little energy for space heating or cooling and uses up to 54% less energy than is typical for a residence like this, was achieved through triple-pane windows, extra insulation, and alternative ventilation systems. Marcus Baram, Fortune, 18 July 2022 The likely outcome of L.A.'s new policy is that most new buildings will come equipped with electric heat pumps for space heating and cooling, plus electric water heaters and electric stoves, perhaps with induction cooktops that use magnets to heat food. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 California just took a major step in the right direction by adopting their 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which makes electric heat pumps standard for either water or space heating for single-family homes, multifamily and most commercial buildings. Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space heating was in 1930

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“Space heating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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