Heating

If you are not getting the heat you think you should be out of your gas, wood, gel or pellet fireplace, then you may well be in need of a fireplace blower.

Fireplace blowers are made to blow air further into the room that the fireplace is located in so that the heat isn’t all wasted in one small area of your home. A fireplace blower will assist your fireplace in heating the entire room or sometimes the entire home as well, making it more efficient.

How a Fireplace Blower Works

Heat transfer by radiant heating works through the flow of heat from the warmer material to the cooler, at a rate proportionate to the existing temperature difference. Radiant heating is the principle used in heat sources such as electric space heaters, sun lamps, fireplaces, open campfires, and so on.

A hydronic radiant floor heating system uses either a heat pump, boiler or water heater to heat water, and some type of circulator which pumps the heated water through a series of tubes located underneath the surface of the floor.

Ducts for forced air heating should be inspected annually. Heating ducts reach all through your house, and need to be inspected by a professional for energy-wasting leaks, excess dust that can constrict airflow and absorb heat, and dampers which may need adjustment and rebalancing for optimal heating efficiency.

The typical home ducting system will include an electronic air cleaner or physical filter placed between the returning circulated air flow and the heat exchanger. You should replace or clean the filter after 4 to six weeks of use, whether usage is for heating or air conditioning.

Providing an overview of how you might set about comparing domestic downflow and upflow furnaces is a relatively straightforward process. The ‘flow’ of a domestic furnace actually refers to the path by which the heat is output from the furnace. A point which many people find surprising, as they automatically presume it will refer to the cold air flow into the furnace, in order to make the heat generated more or less intense.

3 Types of Domestic Furnace Flow

There are in fact three types of furnace flow, with the commonest ones being upflow and downflow.

Furnace not heating the house? There are a few things you can check while waiting for a repair person to show up. It’s important to keep the house warm, your health and that of your family depends on the warmth a furnace provides, particularly in the cold of winter. First of all, make sure that someone has not in advertently turned down the thermostat , as obvious as it may seem. Turn the thermostat’s temperature dial up about 10 degrees above your normal setting and give it minutes to see if it the heat comes on again.

Heat pumps that use water as their source of heat and heat sink are called water-source heat pumps. In contrast to geothermal heat pumps, or ground-source heat pumps, in these systems water is used as a medium of direct transfer of heat. The water source can be groundwater filled extraction wells, in which case it is a open loop coupling system, or a pond, stream or lake, in which case it is a closed loop coupling system.

Cast iron radiators are used in hydronic (hot water) and steam heating systems. They transmit heat by both convection and radiation heat transmission. Air contacting the heated iron surfaces becomes heated through convection, then circulating through the room. Warmed air radiates out into the room air as well. Most modern radiators use hot water

Radiator modules are constructed by joining together a series of hollow vertical sections, each section having a waterway opening at the top and bottom. Metal round fittings and gaskets are attached to the openings to form passages, through which hot water or steam flows. The number of section used varies depending on the size of the space to be heated and configuration of the room, window placement, etc.

Although you might think it a waste of money to start heating your crawl space - it is actually something that could save you money in the long run. Having said that, anyone living in a relatively warm and dry area might then think that heating crawl space won’t apply to them, as it will only be necessary to prevent heat loss through a floor.

Well, the reality is that unheated crawl spaces in areas that air conditioning is used regularly, can be in just as much need of heated crawl spaces as colder regions. The reason for this is not just to do with heat control and efficiency but - moisture.

Moisture Control

Once thought to be only economically viable for energy utility companies to install, there are now residential geothermal heat pumps available that are suitable for new properties or can be retro-fitted to older buildings.