An Introduction To Heating Your Home

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In many cities, a heating system is an absolute necessity. Even in regions with temperate climates, a heating system can be indispensable during cold nights and long winter months. There are many different types of heating mechanisms today, and none of them are particularly intuitive.

To help you understand a bit more about the options available to you, or perhaps to help you get a better grasp on how your system works, here is a basic explanation of the most common types:

Boiler

Most homes have a boiler of some sort, such as a water heater. A boiler is simply a large tank which is used to heat water through the consumption of electricity, wood, natural gas, or even coal. Many home heating systems use boilers to distribute steam around the building with minimal pollution.

Radiator

Sometimes paired with boilers, radiators are used to convert thermal energy. In practice, this means that they accept steam or hot water, and then translate that into ambient heat for your house. 

Solar Water

A green version of the boiler, these units sometimes consist of a large tank in an exposed location, such as on the roof. The sun heats the tank during the day, which is used to heat the house.

Space Heater

If you only need to heat up a small area, then you will probably want to use a space heater. These units are generally small enough to be moved by a single person, which means they can easily be re-purposed in another area if necessary. Furthermore, they generally only need an electric outlet to function. However, they are not powerful enough to heat an entire building effectively and they aren't quite as efficient as larger, more stationary heating systems.

Insulation

In terms of technology, insulation is certainly among the least complicated. The concept behind insulation dates back thousands of years and relies on the basic idea that you can trap heat inside a home during cold periods and keep the internal air cool during summers.

If your home is effectively sealed, both with insulating elements in the walls and strong sealants on your doors and windows, then you can greatly limit the airflow into and out of your home.

Insulation is very closely tied to the construction of your home, since it depends on specific materials used in the walls. If you plan on making your home more insular, you should focus on securing windows, doors, and any other openings. To learn more, contact a company like Pell City Heating & Cooling Inc.

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