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15 Fun Facts: Heating

What You Probably Didn’t Know

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Now that we’ve done “15 Fun Facts” on Indoor Air, Plumbing, and Air Conditioning, we thought it was time to dive into the interesting world of heating. Here are some interesting facts our Downingtown heating experts found:

1. Natural gas was first transported by pipelines around 500 B.C. by the Chinese. They used bamboo to trap and transport gas that seeped to the surface of the ground.

2. Heat is a form of energy that’s created by the movement of molecules. When an object is heated, the molecules move faster. When cooled, the molecules move slower. That’s why two cold objects can create heat when rubbed together.

3. The Romans were among the first to create heated floors – they laid stone slabs over a heating source in the ground.

4. Natural gas can not only be a heating fuel, but it can also chill the glycol that’s used to produce ice for hockey rinks and ice skating rinks.

5. The hottest natural temperature ever recorded was on July 10th, 1913 in Death Valley, California. It was 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. There’s a difference between “absorption” and “adsorption.” While “absorption” means taking in light, heat, or other energy molecules, the latter means the adhesion of gasses to a surface.

7. The very first municipally-owned natural gas company was located in Philadelphia and opened in 1836. Today, Philadelphia Gas Works is the largest (and longest-operating) public gas system in the U.S.

8. You can use the natural temperature of Earth’s underground to heat your home.

9. More than half of the homes in the U.S. are heated by natural gas. A large chunk of the remaining homes are heated by electricity and about 15% are heated by other sources like fuel oil, propane, wood, and kerosene.

10. When temperatures reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit, our work output drops by 45%.

11. Old radiators used to be built from cast iron – which is more than 490 pounds per square foot. Wow!

12. Both heating and air conditioning can affect our tolerance for hot and cold temperatures. If you’re used to air conditioning, a hot day may seem hotter than it is. Likewise, if you’re used to heat, a cold day may seem colder than it is.

13. The hottest man-made temperature ever recorded was 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit at the Brookhaven Natural Laboratory in New York.

14. Heating costs plus cooling costs  make up about 1/2 of your home’s total energy bill.

15. The U.S. uses more than a quarter of the world’s total oil.

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