How Does a Heating System Work?

A look into today’s heating systems can provide some fascinating insights into the physics, human engineering and problem-solving, and current technology used in these systems. There are many types of heating systems on the market, but all heating systems basically work the same way.

Heat Source, Firing Chamber

At the heart of every heating system is some sort of heat source, a fuel, and a chamber to safely house the heat source. Some heating systems utilize electric heat which uses electricity to heat coils that the air travels over. Others actually utilize a controlled fire that may be fueled by natural gas, oil, or some other propellant. There are still other types too, but in all cases, your heating system will likely be built around this central heat source feature.

Circuitry, Safety, Ducting

Attached to the above-mentioned heating chamber, every heating system then has an array of circuitry and ducting. Ducting is the term for the various chambers attached to a heating system that takes in as well as blow out air. Even small, “ductless” heaters utilize some sort of intake and outbound ports for air movement or exchange.

The more complicated parts of heating systems tend to be those of circuitry. The “circuitry” consists of varying sensors, wiring, circuit boards, and thermostats among other parts. Likened to the human body, this circuitry is much like your body-wide nervous system that transport messages. You can compare this circuitry to the human brain. Some of the tasks controlled by the circuitry include flame control for out-of-control burns, temperature control for the user as well as a safety monitoring device such as a relay, damper, or vent control. In addition, there is a control for fan speed found on the system.

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