Humans Love Heat


At EcoLife Home Comfort, we are all about heating. Much of our time during the winter months is dedicated to ensuring that the furnaces of Toronto are working as well as possible to ensure that people stay as warm as possible. When considering what to write for this blog post we wrestled with a few ideas. However, after much consideration, we have settled on a topic that we think many of our clients and potential clients will find interesting: the history of home heating. Although most people today probably don’t give much thought to how the heating of homes has evolved, it is actually a rather interesting subject. The mastery of home heating has allowed us, as a species, to live in areas that at first inhospitable for human life. To learn more about how this mastery developed, continue reading below.


Fire was the First Advancement in Home Heating


Like so many other things developed throughout history, fire played a crucial role in the early forays into home heating. Evidence suggest that early humans began to utilize campfires around 1.5 million years ago. While these early fires were used for many things (cooking, light, making weapons), at some point our ancestors realized that these fires could be brought inside caves to act as a source of warmth. These early cave dwellings typically placed the fire in a central location and in an area where the smoke would escape through some sort of opening in the roof of the cave. Although the placement and sizes of the fires were experimented with, this heating setup was the first time in history that humans were able to control the heat in their own homes and, as a result, somewhat control the environment in which they lived.


As Humanity Evolved so did Heating


While campfires served as the main heating method of human dwellings for thousands of years, they would eventually give way to something better. Evidence from excavations in Greece show that people developed the fixed central hearth as far back as 2500 B.C. A central hearth not only better distributed heat in the homes of ancient Greeks, it also allowed them better utilize fire for cooking purposes. These central hearths eventually gave way to smaller fireplaces, and further evidence shows that by the 13 century, crude fireplaces were widely used across Europe. These early fireplaces were made of stone and mortar stacked together, however as smelting improved some fireplaces started to incorporate an iron back in order to better distribute the heat. Iron heating plates, and advancements made in chimney construction are some of the most important steps taken in the home heating journey.


Joins us again next time was we continue to go over the history of the home heating system and how, eventually, it has lead to modern furnaces that we are now able to enjoy. If you find that your furnace needs a checkup, don’t hesitate to contact the expert at EcoLife Home Comfort. Our technicians will come to your home, inspect your furnace, and let you know if any maintenance work needs to be done.