Floridians live in one of the most beautiful places on earth with one of the best climates possible. It’s a great place to live, to raise a family, and to retire to. From extremely mild winters to nice summers that are kept cool by the winds off the Atlantic Ocean, residents of Titusville truly have nothing to complain about when it comes to the weather (we’ll ignore the occasional hurricane for now).
Altman’s Cooling & Heating is the best HVAC company in the area, having been offering up air conditioning repair, furnace installation, and air duct replacement services for over 30 years. We understand what it takes to run a stellar HVAC system here in Florida, and we’ve been ensuring your HVAC system maintains its efficiency and stability for longevity. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some early sources of heating since our bodies have to stay warm, or we are at risk of dying. Contact us today for all your heating and air conditioning needs!
EARLY SOURCES OF HEATING
Probably what first jumps to mind when someone mentions early sources of heating is the advent of fire, which is true. Fire and the harnessing of fire’s power is what first propelled humans to be able to settle down in cold climates for long periods of time without having to migrate to warmer regions. Of course, archaeologists have no idea just when fire was harnessed for heating, but they do believe it was shortly after humans first walked the earth.
The history of home heating is much better chronicled since it is more recent and in a recordable record of some sort. We know that humans first began to heat their homes with hearths, or fireplaces, in the Neolithic era around 7500 BC. This was a very easy and common way to heat your space since all you needed was wood and some stones.
Radiant heating, or the idea of heating rooms by heating the floors, was developed by the ancient Greeks somewhere around 2500 BC. Archaeologists know this because in the Temple of Ephesus in Ephesus, they discovered flues in the ground that circulated heat that was produced by a fire. Furthermore, there is evidence that the ancient Romans stole this idea from the Greeks (they stole a lot of things, such as their ancient gods) and used this radiant heated flooring to heat buildings, baths, and nobles’ homes. At some point, pipes were added in walls as well that carried and radiated heat.
FROM FIRE AND BACK TO FIRE
Altman’s Cooling & Heating notes that like most learning in the Dark Ages, all technology in central heating was forgotten, and almost everyone reverted back to the hearth for all of their heating needs. This stayed the primary mode of heating — either by a fire or a stove — until the Renaissance. Besides a few monks who were using radiant heating in their monasteries in the 1200s, heating began to evolve with the advent of formal fireplaces with chimneys. Some notable advancements was the invention of the earliest hot water air-heating system in the early 1700s and Benjamin Franklin’s Franklin stove in 1741 (his stove was just more efficient than others of the times).
Finally at the end of the 1700s, the first steam-based heating system for homes was implemented, as well as a furnace that heated the air around it. This heated air was then circulated through the home through ducts and into rooms.
What really made home heating mainstream was Thomas Edison’s invention of the electric heater in 1883 and the invention of the first thermostat in 1885. The first central heating system as we know it was invented in 1919 by Alice Parker.
TODAY’S HEATING SYSTEMS
Most Americans have indoor heating of some type in their homes. There are many systems to choose from, some of which are the ancient methods that are still around, but on a much more efficient scale. Many homes are heated by electric baseboards, forced air systems, and hydronic heating systems (which is baseboards, radiators, and radiant in-floor systems). Hydronic systems are characterized by using hot water from your boiler to heat your home. These systems are becoming very popular in new construction homes because of their flexibility and consolidation of heating and hot water into one system.
The main difference between forced air systems and hydronic systems is that forced air relies on the recirculation of air in your home, using ductwork and traditional HVAC equipment to do so. The main problem homeowners have with this system is that there are often hot and/or cold spots around the room that simply don’t get the airflow it needs to change temperature. Hydronic systems, on the other hand, heat the space instead, and when you factor in the fact that water is a much better conductor of energy than air, you get a much better result.
HOW ALTMAN’S COOLING & HEATING CAN HELP
Altman’s Cooling & Heating loves to help you stay warm when the temperatures get chilly in the fall and winter by ensuring your heating system is in tip-top shape. We offer furnace and heating repair services for when your heating does go down, and heating installation and replacement services in case your heating system has just decided it has had enough.
Above, we briefly mentioned the types of heating systems that you can choose from. If your furnace does go down, Altman’s Cooling & Heating in Titusville can help you decide which heating system would be right for your home and for your needs. We offer financing as well, so you won’t be left in a financial crunch if you need a furnace replacement.
In addition, we offer a VIP maintenance program for your home or business, which will save you money on regular maintenance, as well as discounts on repairs and replacements. When you partner with Altman’s Cooling & Heating, you can rest assured that your furnace will be up and running smoothly for the winter. Contact us today to get started on all your heating and cooling needs!