What Is It Exactly That Heats Your Home?

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What Is It Exactly That Heats Your Home?

Winter nights bring plenty of snow and cold temperatures. While hot chocolate and blankets are great for making your home a warmer place, without an actual heating system, your Denver home would be a very cold place. So when you go to heat up your home, what is it exactly that makes your home livable? There are actually several ways to heat your home that a Denver heating company can help install or maintain. Here is a list of a few:

  • Fireplaces are among the oldest and most common methods of heating a home. Wood or natural gas fireplaces heat a home by providing direct radiant heat from flames. Few things are as warm or inviting as a roaring fire, especially on a cold, snowy night. The downsides to using a fireplace include being unable to accurately control the temperature and not being able to warm the entire house simultaneously.
  • Natural gas is perhaps the single most common resource for heating Denver homes. Natural gas occurs underground and is collected and refined in a process similar to oil and other petroleum products. Natural gas can then be piped to your home. Once inside your home, the natural gas is burned in a furnace or other heating element. Central heating units burn natural gas to heat air, after which a furnace fan will blow the warm air through ducts and vents to heat the rest of the home.
  • While less common, coal is another resource that actually heats your home. Coal is burned in an oven or stove and produces radiant heat much like a fireplace. Coal can stay hot for longer periods of time and can produce incredibly high temperatures. The downsides to using coal include significantly more pollution and a higher cost (you can’t go out to the woods and find rich deposits of coal like you can chop down a dead tree for firewood).

There are plenty of great ways to heat your home, but most of them involve burning wood, coal or natural gas. The chemical reaction of burning produces a great deal of heat. How exactly you capture and distribute that heat depends on your budget, lifestyle, and needs.