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Technology in the Home: Heating and Water

Many of us are old enough to remember the days before central heating was common. Just having a bath could be a challenging affair because there was no hot water running from taps. Having a bath would mean having to heat the water in pots and pans over stoves or fires. As a result, baths tended to be shallow and didn’t give the opportunity for a relaxing soak as we like to do today.

Heating the home overall was also very different. With no radiators, each room would have to rely on its own heat source. Each heat source would often be expensive, meaning that only the living room was heated. Families would all group together in a single room in the winter, only venturing out of the heated room to use the bathroom or go to bed tucked under multiple layers of blankets.

Thanks largely to the modern heating engineer, though, things are now a lot different.

Becoming Standard

Fast forward to today and central heating systems are now a standard feature in British homes. Not only do these systems provide hot running water, but they also help to heat the home with help from radiators that can be found in any room. Now the whole home can be heated and hot water comes straight out of a tap.

How a Heating Engineer Can Help Heat Your Home

Heating and hot water for the home generally work from water that has been heated by a central boiler. They can be heated by electricity but gas boilers are more common. Depending on the system, the water can be heated in the pipes through a heat exchanger, or water is heated in a tank. This should provide hot water whenever you need it, but if there are any problems with the system then it will be easy to find a heating engineer that can fix the problem for you.

In addition to being connected to taps with plumbing, the boilers are also connected to another system of pipes. These are then connected to radiators, creating a system that is known as central heating. Water from the central boiler passes along the system and fills the radiators, the radiators heat up and ‘radiates’ heat out into the room.

The radiators themselves are often designed to have an increased surface area to maximise the amount of heat that can be radiated out into the room.

Developing Technologies

While home water and heating technologies continue to advance, they will become even better than they are now. They will become more reliable and more effective at providing our heating and hot water needs, at times to suit our lifestyles. What’s more, systems will also become more efficient, helping to reduce our monthly energy bills. There may well be a point in the future that such systems cost a fraction of what they do now and are affordable to just about everybody.

If you want to know more about the technology that helps to heat your home and provide you with hot water, a heating engineer is likely to tell you what you want to know.

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