Today’s heating systems are significantly different from what people used in the early days. Thanks to modern advancements in the HVAC industry, you don’t need to use open fireplaces or wood-burning stoves to keep your family warm over the cold winter months. There are now many more sustainable, cost-effective heating options from which to choose.
Here a local expert in indoor air quality shares a brief history of home heating.
In the Past
Wood-fueled fireplaces. Before 1885, Americans usually used wood-burning fireplaces or Franklin stoves, which are metal-lined heating devices. At that time, it was the reigning technology, and wood was abundant.
Steam-fueled. By the end of the 19th century, metal-lined stoves had given way to cast-iron radiators. This kind of heating system was developed in the period of central heating for American homes. A coal-fired burner in the basement would turn hot water into steam, then send it through pipes to radiators installed in each room.
Coal-fueled. Dave Lennox invented the first riveted-steel coal furnace in 1885. There was still no electricity at that time. These furnaces used a natural conversion of warm air rising, which transported heat through the ducts to the rooms above.
Furnaces. The gas furnaces of today have significantly improved in efficiency and sustainability. Some providers of heating and cooling services offer units made with variable-speed technology. This allows the unit to change the speed at which the air is circulated into your living space, improving the overall comfort of your home.
Heat pumps. Heat pumps use electricity to circulate air, but they move warm or cool air instead of creating it. This means that this equipment doesn’t use as much energy. It comes in different types, like air-source, ductless mini-split, geothermal and absorption heat pumps.
At The Ice-Man, we take pride in our quality heating and cooling services. Our team can also install thermostats and controls and help determine solutions to improve your indoor air quality. Give us a call at (609) 466-9020 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.