space heating


Definition of 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 Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced plans yesterday to update the city’s building code to bar the use of fossil fuels for space heating and most water heating in new commercial and large multi-family buildings. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Top Republican looks to negotiate with Democrats on Biden climate agenda," 4 Dec. 2020 As homeowners and landlords increasingly switch to electric alternatives for space heating and heating water, keeping the gas line to a building just to supply a stove will become too expensive to justify. Jonathan Mingle, Quartz, "Why experts are sounding the alarm about the hidden dangers of gas stoves," 4 Dec. 2020 More than two dozen California cities have approved policies over the last year banning or discouraging the use of natural gas for space heating, water heating and cooking in new buildings. Los Angeles Times, "How to stop a climate vote? Threaten a ‘no social distancing’ protest," 6 May 2020 The latter two sectors use the fuel primarily for space heating and other appliances. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "‘Innovate or die’: Propane industry fights for survival in a low-carbon future," 13 Feb. 2020 By correlating current average statewide energy cost and consumption data with long-term climate forecasts, Berman and Schmidt conclude Alaskans could save $100 million to $150 million per year on space heating costs over the next 30 to 50 years. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Warmer weather will cost Alaska hundreds of millions of dollars annually, report says," 9 Dec. 2019 In Japan, heat pumps constitute a third of the space heating sector, and the government promotes consumer education and higher product quality. John Fialka, Scientific American, "The U.S. Is Ignoring the Climate Benefits of Heat Pumps," 18 Dec. 2019 To remove carbon emissions from space heating and cooling by midcentury, the study suggests an economywide carbon price, more government support for innovation and government energy efficiency incentives. John Fialka, Scientific American, "The U.S. Is Ignoring the Climate Benefits of Heat Pumps," 18 Dec. 2019 Menlo Park requires electric power for space heating, water heating and dryers in new homes but allows gas stoves. Mallory Moench,, "California regulators clear way for natural gas bans to take effect," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of space heating

1930, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

14 Dec 2020

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“Space heating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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