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Heating maintenance is an essential part of the winter season, and you’re most likely looking over that highly-efficient furnace to make sure it’s working to the best of its abilities. But while home heating today may seem as easy as programming a thermostat, there was once a time when homes weren’t equipped with highly-efficient furnaces to stay warm throughout the winter. In fact, there was once a time where people couldn’t simply call up a licensed heating technician for an annual maintenance check. The history of heating maintenance is chock full of stories of having think outside the box, and it’s that type of thinking that wound up leading to the creation of the most essential systems in home heating today. If you think heating maintenance takes some considerable work today, it’s time to study up on how it became possible to have heat in your home at all.

How Can Approved Comfort Help You?

If you want to guarantee warmth this winter, call Approved Comfort for high-quality heating maintenance. Our team of technicians will make sure your heating system is ready to go for the season’s coldest nights. They will give your system a close inspection to ensure even the smallest problems are fixed. Our repairs are durable and ensure you won’t have to experience another heating system breakdown for a long time. With our help, you will be able to relax so much more knowing your heating system issue-free for the season, especially when it keeps your entire family comfortable. Though this season will see snowfall and low temperatures, you’ll be ready to take it all on with a heating system that will always be there for you.

7 Important Events in Home Heating History

We would have to present an entire encyclopedia in order for you to get the full and unabridged history of home heating, but we’ve narrowed it down to the 7 most important events that are responsible for you having that furnace in your home today:

  1. Ancient Romans Used Pipes to Channel Furnace-Heated Warm Air: The Roman Empire were the first to develop central heating systems involving conduction of furnace-heated air under floors and pipes concealed in walls. This heating system was known as a hypocaust and continued to evolve until the Roman Empire collapsed. Home heating reverted to simple fireplaces for the next ten centuries.
  2. Invention of Chimneys in the 13th Century: Castles built in medieval Europe had fireplaces made mostly of stone. These primitive fireplaces eventually began incorporating cast-iron firebacks to protect stone from damage caused by direct heat. Around 1620, a Frenchman named Louis Savot invented raised grates and the circulating fireplace by using a hollow iron back and bottom in hearths, allowing cold air to enter and be heated before entering rooms via an opening above the mantle.
  3. Benjamin Franklin Invents the Cast-Iron in 1742: Home heating in colonial American required plenty of firewood and constant attention. As this method of heating proved unsafe, Benjamin Franklin invented the “Pennsylvania Fireplace”, or what we now know as the Franklin Stove. Cast-iron heating stoves were shaped similar to fireplaces but employed metal baffles to improve heating efficiency, eliminating the need for firewood and any safety hazards.
  4. Widespread Use of Affordable Iron Radiators in the 19th Century: The introduction of iron radiators made home life cozier throughout the middle and late 1800s. By establishing coal-fired boilers in basements, home owners could deliver hot steam to radiators in all rooms. By 1885, riveted-steel coal furnaces started appearing in newly built homes.  These two methods of heating remained the most implemented of any home heating process until 1935.
  5. Invention and Patenting of the Gas Home Furnace: Alice Parker invented the gas furnace in 1919, which warmed and regulated temperature inside the home. No longer would early 20th century Americans have to worry about chopping huge amounts of wood or huddling around a fireplace to stay warm during the winter.
  6. Development of the Forced Air Furnace in 1935: Collaborating scientists invented the first forced air furnace during the Great Depression using coal as its main source of heat. Thermostats to adjust the amount of heat entering rooms through vents came shortly after the introduction of forced air furnaces, giving homeowners even more control over the climate in your home.
  7. Creation of Ground Heat Pumps: Robert C. Webber developed the direct exchange, ground source heat pump in 1948. Commercial use of ground heat pumps began with the installation of such a pump in Portland, Oregon’s Commonwealth Building, now named a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. The first use of a ground heat pump in a home is attributed to an Ohio State University professor, who developed one especially for residential purposes.

Contact Approved Comfort today if you to learn more on how to stay warm with heating maintenance!