Ever wonder where furnaces came from? Do you know anything about heating facts? If you are thrilled to learn more, we have listed ten (10) surprising facts about furnaces and home heating that you must know.
- What does furnace mean?
In both Canadian and American English, a furnace refers to a device used to heat residential and commercial spaces. Meanwhile, furnace in British English denotes to industrial heating equipment used to melt ore.
Bonus: Its ‘furnace’ for the Brits while ‘blast furnace’ for most Canadian nationals.
- Three Main Parts of Furnace
Did you know that a furnace is composed of three major parts? First is the burner (gas furnaces) where the heat is produced. Electric furnaces are composed of heating elements instead of a burner. Second is the heat exchanger which filters and separates the breathable air from combustion gases. The third is the blower which drives the permeable air through the ducts at home.
- Greek Origin
Speculations say that furnace originally came from the Greek word “fornax” which means oven. Isn’t it surprising?
- Early Furnaces
It is believed that the first furnaces called “hypocaust” were developed by the ancient Romans. It pumps the heated air through the floors and walls of the house.
- Propane and Natural Gas
Gas furnaces use two common types of fuels namely natural gas and propane. Consumers located in rural areas mostly use propane because it does not require pipelines for the supply of gas. Meanwhile, furnaces that are powered by natural gas use less fuel which make them cheaper.
- First Gas Company
The very first municipally-owned natural gas company was established in Philadelphia in 1836. Philadelphia Gas Works is the biggest and longest-operating public gas company in the region.
- Go Green
Heating your home does not have to be reliant on using the furnace alone. Did you know that you can actually heat your house via geothermal power? A heating system powered by geothermal power is an environment-friendly way of keeping yourself comfortable indoors. Plus, you will save greatly on energy bills. Try looking for geothermal HVAC systems for your space.
- Highest Energy Consummator
Based on studies, heating systems consume the highest chunk of home energy of about 60%. This means that 60% of your home budget goes to your furnace.
- Transported Through Pipelines
It was around 500 B.C when natural gas was first delivered through pipelines by Chinese nationals. Bamboo was used to trap and carry the gas to the heating system.
- Government-Approved Installations
Installation of furnaces in the U.S. is regulated by the government (local and national). This is done for safety precautions.
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