The Ancients Wanted Heating Systems as Well


Welcome back to part two of our blog series on the evolution of the home heating system. While we realize that not everyone is as into heating systems as we are here at EcoLife Home Comfort, we still feel that this blog series is an interesting read. Although we tend to take our furnaces in Toronto for granted, the winter months would be pretty terrible if these wonderful machines had not been invented. As we all know, however, appliances such as the furnace are often a culmination of hundreds or thousands of years of tinkering. In today’s post, we’re going to continue detailing the history of home heating and how it has led to our modern level of comfort.


People Quickly Figured Out That Warm Air is Nice


Although it should come as no surprise to anyone who has experienced the majesty of central heating and air, warm air on a cold winter night is one of the best feelings in the world. When enjoying the warm air blasting out from your furnace, you should say a quick thank you to Emperor Heliogabalus. Historians believe that Emperor Heliogabalus, around the year 200, had a palace that was warmed through the use of heated air. To achieve this engineering feat, a stove was placed in a brick chamber under the rooms of the palace. Air from outside was then channeled through ducts into the space that housed the stove. As the air worked its way around the stove it was heated and rose through openings in the floor to the rooms above. While this early warm air heating system is hard to verify, we here at EcoLife Home Comfort choose to believe that the ancients were as into warm air as much as we are.


The Middle Ages see a Rise in Warm Air Heating


The first verifiable warm air heating system can be traced back to the city hall of Luneburg, Germany constructed in the 1200s. Historical records indicate that the city hall was heated by three large furnaces located below the main level of the building. The furnaces were used to heat the above chamber and were connected to the room through round ducts that opened under the seats located in the hall. Individuals were able to regulate how much heat was released under their seat by either opening or closing an iron cover that sat over the opening of the duct. While this system is considered somewhat crude by today’s standards, it is easy to see how this design influenced modern furnace and duct structures for decades to come.
Join us again next time as we wrap up our blog series on the history of home heating and explore how the industrial revolution further advanced the field of central home heating. Additionally, if you are experiencing any issues with your home’s heating system or furnace, give us a call today at EcoLife Home Comfort in Toronto. WE have the knowledge, tools, and experience you need in order to ensure that your home stays warm all winter long.