When you think "art," you probably don't think of your home's heating system. How can an everyday appliance that you regularly use without paying much mind to it be considered "art"? The truth is that technology has allowed us to find so many creative ways to generate or harness heat for our homes, that the world of home heating is a subtle work of art we should admire every day.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways heating services may help you heat your home.
Harnessing The Sun’s Power
If sunlight has enough power to make Superman invincible, you better believe it has enough power to heat homes all around the world! In fact, sunlight produces so much energy, that people with solar-powered homes often have surplus power leftover, which the government will pay you to use! Solar powered heaters also require very little maintenance.
Harvesting Power From The Earth
Another source of clean, renewable energy is right below our feet. That's right! We can harness geothermal energy that is created in the earth's core, and stored in its crust, to heat our homes! Switching to geothermal heating can save you as much as 70% on your monthly heating bill. It's an excellent option for anyone looking to make the switch to renewable energy who may not have space for solar panels.
Pumping Warm Air in From Outside
If you’re looking for a great space heating alternative in the winter, consider installing a heat pump. Don’t have a central duct system running through your house? No problem! Heat pumps can be purchased as mini-split systems as well.
Heat pumps work by taking the heat out of the outside air and moving it into your home. This process also works in reverse during warm weather months, taking the warm air from inside, and moving it outside. Heat pumps are also a great option if you are trying to save money, as they cost less than a third of what conventional heaters cost.
Transferring Heat Through Oil
Oil heaters use three different methods to transfer heat from the oil (heated by a heating element in the base of the unit) to the metal housing of the heater (through convection), and from the metal into the air in the room (air convection or thermal radiation).
The greatest benefit to using an oil heater is that they are incredibly efficient. On average, most heat pumps only lose about 10% to 20% of the heat they produce.
Running on Gas
One of the most popular heater options in the country is gas-powered heating. Gas is a reliable and very efficient way to heat your home, with anywhere from almost 80% to 90% efficiency from certain gas-powered furnaces.
Gas powered furnaces work by taking cool air in and warming it in a heat exchanger, then expelling the now warm air back into your home.
Much like gas-powered furnaces, electric heating is usually centralized and controlled by a single thermostat. This allows a certain level of convenience, as your whole home can be heated at once. Electric furnaces are also a common choice because they are among the easiest and least expensive heating systems to install and maintain.