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3 Little-Known Facts about your Furnace

3 Little-Known Facts about your Furnace

The average American understands the concept of heating and cooling a home. But we decided to put together three little-known facts about our craft that homeowners may not have known before:

1-You wouldn’t normally smell natural gas if it wasn’t for this

It’s called mercaptan, a harmless additive that contains sulfur. Ever been to a volcanic park or natural sulfur bed? If so, you’ve probably been able to smell the unmistakable ‘rotten egg’ smell of sulfur from a mile away. According to SafeGas.org, natural gas is actually odorless, tasteless, and virtually impossible to notice in its true form. For home heating and addressing safety concerns, mercaptan is added to natural gas to assure homeowners and technicians alike can immediately detect whether there’s a leak. And, with natural gas being lighter than air on a molecular level, it’s easy for it to rise and travel where it’s not supposed to (it’s also a great reason to make sure your duct system is sealed and in like-new working condition before every heating season!).

2-Thank the Romans for radiant floor heating

pThis one’s worth a Google search, especially if you’re a history buff! Multiple university sources indicate the Romans were the first to utilize hot water and air beneath the floor to heat their homes. Granted, these citizens built large, thick stone, concrete, and brick structures that easily kept heat trapped in, but took a while to heat up themselves. It’s called a ‘hypocaust’ system; broken down, that’s ‘hypo-’ meaning ‘under’, and ‘caust’ meaning ‘to burn’. Here’s a photo from the Drexel University of a traditional hypocaust system in a Roman home:

Our modern reincarnation of this idea is radiant floor heating, where heat comes from underneath the hardwood or carpet flooring in a home. Ask Right Away Heating & Cooling about your home heating options.

3-Heating affects Sleep more than you’d think

HVAC can be a very specific craft when it comes to keeping people comfortable through the winter season. WebMD shows that humans sleep best when their home’s temperature is somewhere within 65 degrees Farenheit and 72 degrees. That might seem a little low for some who like it toasty indoors, but in the dead of winter, your heater works hard to maintain this comfortable range of temperatures for you and your family to enjoy. If you feel like your home HVAC system is due for a tune-up ahead of the coldest nights of the year, call Right Away Heating & Cooling.

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