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Understanding Home Heating

Posted by Brooke on Oct 21, 2014 12:43:15 PM

How Your Body and Home Stay Warm

The human body remarkably has a way to keep its core temperature stable. Thermoregulation is the technical term for how we maintain our body temperature even in harsh conditions. Like our bodies, our home heating systems use a similar type of thermoregulation – just with a little more metal. Our knowledge about humans and temperature control is helpful in maintaining a stable and healthy home temperature. Understanding home heating

Require Fuel

  • The human body utilizes fuel (food) and burns it to create/produce heat in the body.
  • The home furnace utilizes fuel (natural gas, oil, etc.) to produce heat in a home.

Temperature Centers

  • The brain operates as the body’s temperature center. It regulates heating and cooling by sending messages to the body – triggering various responses, such as shivering when it’s cold and sweating when it’s hot.
  • The heating system has a brain too – the thermostat. The thermostat tells the furnace when it needs to kick in to maintain the proper temperature setting and turn off when it’s too warm.

Ideal Temperatures

  • The body has an internal temperature setting that is best for day to day survival – that being 98-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The temperature in a home during the winter also has an ideal setting – somewhere between 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can be affected by External Factors

  • External factors play a role in staying warm both in humans and the home, and both have the ability to ramp up their heating capacity to help combat that change. 
  • Injury or illness affects the body’s ability to maintain its heat – and the body has to work harder to get warm and stay warm.  
  • Likewise, weather conditions or a building that needs maintenance work requires our furnaces to work harder and run longer to maintain the temperature in our homes. 

Prevent those external factors from affecting both your body and home temperatures, not to mention your energy bills, by protecting your home in winter. Things like finding air leaks, checking insulation and taking care of your furnace are what will keep you and your home warm and cozy all winter long. For more questions, tips, tricks and advice, contact your local Minnesota heating and cooling experts.


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