What Is the History of The Modern Furnace?  

Mar 11, 2022 | Uncategorized

The trials and errors faced by humans to meet our basic needs have been detrimental to our survival. Challenges are consistently appearing, and we must prepare for them. The power of nature can prove to be unwavering at times. Therefore, defending ourselves from Ohio’s unforeseen weather can prove to be critical. When you have loved ones, the responsibility to mediate how you all receive warmth during unforgiving temperatures is vital. When directing my focus to our ancestors, I instantly pondered what parents must have weathered when securing a heat source for their families. I am overflowing with gratitude for the technological refinements in the Heating & Cooling universe! At Mason Heating & Air, we would love to offer you a short history of the modern-day furnace to understand better the trail that was blazed to get us to where we are now. Let’s take a moment; look back with me to better understand how our HVAC systems emerged into what they are here and now.

What Did Early Civilization Do to Stay Warm?

Utilization and manipulation of fire were not as straightforward as you may imagine. Still, ample academic evidence shows how humans worked to control fire through tiny traces of wood ash dating back some 1,000,000 years ago. Astonishing! As much as I love kicking back by a fire, I can’t even start to understand how difficult this must have been as a family’s only source of heat. Today, we live in a world where we can enjoy a cozy fire without depending on it as our primary heat source, and for that, I am forever grateful!

When Did the Cast Iron Radiator Come to Surface?

1841, we started to see patents for cast iron radiators’ expansion and mass exhibitions bursting out of the seams. Cast iron radiators alter water into steam, warming the atmosphere through radiation and convection (hot air rises as cold air descends). But sadly, this strategy is tedious, resulting in a deficiency for keeping warm while enduring the bitter temperatures during the cold months of winter.

Who Invented the Bunsen Burner?

The bunsen burner, invented and named after Dr. Rovert Bunsen in 1855, is a gas burner that uses an open gas flame for heating, purification, and combustion. This outcome yielded gas, propane, and oil-fired heating systems. Unfortunately, a gas heater nearing the end of its life will not operate efficiently or circulate heat evenly. Ultimately, this method will have you and your family shelling out lots of money. But, let’s be frank, no one wishes to pay more for less.

When Was Electricity For Heat Established?

Thomas Edison transformed electrical energy into heat energy when he invented the electric heater in 1883. In 1905, Albert Marsh, although not as commonly known, brought to light the alloy chromel. Chromel is formed from nickel and chromium and is more efficient than most heating elements, ensuring long-lasting high-resistance wires output a stable heating element. Multiple people recognized this as the true beginning of electrical heating. Now, I don’t like to be gloomy, but I don’t want to beat around the bush either. Unfortunately, too many people still die in fires caused by electrical heaters, and if your home’s electrical heater is outdated, it may be time to seek help from our professionals. This uncertainty is why I will be resigning my heating and cooling demands to the experts at Mason Heating & Air.

When Was the Central Heating System Patented?

In 1919, Alice Parker first patented the central heating system, making the ability for humans to alter the temperature of their homes a possibility with more efficient and effective results. A central heating system orchestrates warm air throughout the entirety of one’s home interior. The heat expands from a single location to various surrounding areas. When incorporated with other techniques, we can set our indoor conditions to our liking. The central heating system is highly proficient compared to the capabilities of fire alone!

Why is the Modern Day Furnace So Special?

The modern-day furnace functions to heat a dwelling by evenly broadcasting pure air throughout. Plus, the newest and current models can be connected with our smart devices, enabling us to modify our home’s surroundings directly at our fingertips. So, do not fret if your heating unit is 15 years old, has a long history of restorations, or the cost of repairs has drained your bank account. Here at Mason Heating & Air, we are capable and eager to help you install and replace your old furnace with a more energy-efficient, customizable, modern option. Do not hesitate to reach out because neglecting to have an educated professional install your furnace will potentially result in a brief lifespan for your furnace. Control the controllable!

Mason Heating & Air hope you feel confident with the knowledge of the history of the modern furnace and, as a result, find comfort in understanding that we can and will thoroughly aid you with your family’s heating & cooling essentials! We are excited to hear from you! Call us today at (513) 496-2477, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!