7 BENEFITS OF FIREPLACES THAT MAY CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Masonry and prefabricated fireplaces can be fueled by wood, natural gas, biomass and propane fuel sources. Ventless Fireplaces (duct free/room-venting fireplaces) are fueled by either gel, liquid propane, bottled gas or natural gas. In the United States, some states and local counties have laws restricting these types of fireplaces. They must be properly sized to the area to be heated.[3] There are also air quality control issues due to the amount of moisture they release into the room air, and oxygen sensor and carbon monoxide sensors are safety essentials. Direct vent fireplaces are fueled by either liquid propane or natural gas. They are completely sealed from the area that is heated, and vent all exhaust gasses to the exterior of the structure.

A study comparing radiant heat panels with conventional convection heating systems and electric baseboard systems showed that during a typical year of heating, radiant heat panels energy consumption was 7,229 kwh, whereas heat pumps consumed 10,764 kwh and electric baseboard systems consumed 15,107 kwh.

Gas-fired radiant tube heaters are suitable for heating larger open areas such as garages, arenas, commercial buildings, etc. Radiant heating uses a warm surface to transfer heat to individuals and into a space rather than moving heated air. Electric radiant heat is an efficient solution that not only heats the floor, but can also warm up your entire basement.

Another disadvantage of a fireplace or a stove as an additional heating source is that they may not be effective in heating several rooms in the basement, as walls may prevent the warm air from reaching rooms that are farther away. Good quality underfloor heating systems will last as long as the flooring above so there really is no need to have both unless budget restraints prohibit the removal of the existing central heating radiators. With electric underfloor heating, maintenance is zero, the only thing left to do is set the perfect temperature for every room.

Underfloor systems emit radiant heat which means everyone in a room receives an even distribution of warmth. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you make informed decisions on the best heating source for your individual requirements, whether it be a small DEFRA approved wood burning stove and fireplace or a full renewable energy heating system. Install a hydronic radiant floor heating unit and enjoy consistent warmth spreading to every room in the house.

PBS install quality, efficient and certified underfloor heating systems in Southland and the Lakes district. PBS can install your Central Heating Solutions including Underfloor Heating, Radiators and Ducted Systems. They are very energy efficient and are a cost-effective installation.. They are a versatile heat source, as they can heat both radiator and underfloor systems and they can be placed inside or outside of the home, according to your needs.

Central heating (radiators, underfloor and ducted systems) Spectacular luxury Villa in Denia, Hill San Nicolas (Rotas zone), magnificent qualities, sea views, electric shutters, fireplace, underfloor heating, sauna, swimming pool and private gardens, barbecue area, garage, etc. When everything is operational I will post the performance of the house, heating and hotwater systems.

We are considering installing a Klover wood boiler fireplace which will heat the room and also run under floor heating and radiators via a wetback. The ultimate cosy centrepiece for a room, a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove is also a highly efficient way of heating a space. New homes that are built to be efficiently insulated and airtight can avoid the need for central heating with a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery (MVHR) that distributes heat, which could be given off by a wood-burning stove , or even general appliances.

 

 

A wide range of accessories are used with fireplaces, which range between countries, regions, and historical periods. For the interior, common in recent Western cultures include grates, fireguards, log boxes, andirons, pellet baskets, and fire dogs, all of which cradle fuel and accelerate burning. A grate (or fire grate) is a frame, usually of iron bars, to retain fuel for a fire. Heavy metal firebacks are sometimes used to capture and re-radiate heat, to protect the back of the fireplace, and as decoration. Fenders are low metal frames set in front of the fireplace to contain embers, soot and ash. For fireplace tending, tools include pokers, bellows, tongs, shovels, brushes and tool stands. Other wider accessories can include log baskets, companion sets, coal buckets.

Both very comfortable and space-efficient, underfloor heating (UFH) is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Most systems have a boiler or sometimes a stove at their heart, although eco heating options , including solar thermal panels and ground or air-source heat pumps (see above), are increasingly common, and can be integrated sensitively into a period home as well as newer houses. If your central heating and hot-water system is more than 10 years old, then the boiler, radiators and even the pipework may not be performing to their full potential and might be unsuitable for the needs of both your lifestyle and the building.

It is most economical if your home has a very low heat requirement because it has high levels of insulation and airtightness, and is combined with low-temperature heat emitters such as underfloor heating. Thanks to specially designed kits, Edilkamin wood burning thermo-fireplaces can also produce domestic hot water for the bathrooms and kitchen; the hot water can be stored in appropriate boilers so that it is always available at the desired temperature. Underfloor heating is not necessarily a money saver, with the Energy Saving Trust noting that a water-based system will only save you £20 a year for the average home using a condensing boiler.

Electric underfloor heating systems can be installed yourself, cutting overall cost. Underfloor heating is often associated with luxury — think plush hotel rooms — and indeed there are few things more luxurious than the feeling of a warm, heated bathroom floor on a cold winter’s day. ^ Olesen, B.W., deCarli, M., Embedded Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems: Impact of New European Directive for Energy Performance of Buildings and Related CEN Standardization, Part 3 Calculated Energy Performance of Buildings with Embedded Systems (Draft), 2005, <

^ Fitzgerald, D. Does warm air heating use less energy than radiant heating? 69 Additionally, underfloor radiant systems are ideally suited to renewable energy sources including geothermal and solar thermal systems or any system where waste heat is recoverable. Illustrated is a simplified mechanical schematic of an underfloor heating and cooling system for thermal comfort quality 65 with a separate air handling system for indoor air quality 66 67 In high performance residential homes of moderate size (e.g. under 3000 ft2 (278 m2) total conditioned floor area), this system using manufactured hydronic control appliances would take up about the same space as a three or four piece bathroom.

When heated and cooled pipes or heating cables share the same spaces as other building components, parasitic heat transfer can occur between refrigeration appliances, cold storage areas, domestic cold water lines, air conditioning and ventilation ducts. Electric underfloor heating systems cause low frequency magnetic fields (in the 50-60 Hz range), old 1-wire systems much more so than modern 2-wire systems. There is a likelihood that underfloor heating may add to offgassing and sick building syndrome in an environment, particularly when carpet is used as a flooring.

In conjunction with moisture control, floor heating also establishes temperature conditions that are less favorable in supporting mold , bacteria , viruses and dust mites 27 28 By removing the sensible heating load from the total HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) load, ventilation , filtration and dehumidification of incoming air can be accomplished with dedicated outdoor air systems having less volumetric turnover to mitigate distribution of airborne contaminates.

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A fireplace is a structure made of brick, stone or metal designed to contain a fire. Fireplaces are used for the relaxing ambiance they create and for heating a room. Modern fireplaces vary in heat efficiency, depending on the design.

Historically they were used for heating a dwelling, cooking, and heating water for laundry and domestic uses. A fire is contained in a firebox or firepit; a chimney or other flue allows exhaust to escape. A fireplace may have the following: a foundation, a hearth, a firebox, a mantelpiece; a chimney crane (used in kitchen and laundry fireplaces), a grate, a lintel, a lintel bar,home overmantel, a damper, a smoke chamber, a throat, and a flue.

On the exterior there is often a corbeled brick crown, in which the projecting courses of brick act as a drip course to keep rainwater from running down the exterior walls. A cap, hood, or shroud serves to keep rainwater out of the exterior of the chimney; rain in the chimney is a much greater problem in chimneys lined with impervious flue tiles or metal liners than with the traditional masonry chimney, which soaks up all but the most violent rain. Some chimneys have a spark arrestor incorporated into the crown or cap.

Organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Department of Ecology warn that, according to various studies, fireplaces can pose a significant health risk.[1][2] The EPA writes “Smoke may smell good, but it’s not good for you.”

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