Loading... Please wait...
eheat Canada eheat Australia eheat, Inc. on Facebook


The History of Home Heating

Posted by

Bookmark and Share

Before the Wall Heater...

Since the beginning of time, humans have yearned to keep themselves warm under harsh environmental conditions. In the earlier times, a simple heating system such as fireplace was used extensively to stay warm, but other systems such as furnaces and electric heaters have gained popularity recently. Today, central heating systems are often used to heat houses and other buildings in cool climates.

Romans are credited with having the first central heating system that channeled hot air from a furnace through pipes placed behind walls and under floors. The early Koreans also had a similar system, except they used excess heat from cooking stoves to heat the air. Some of the early Muslim architects are also known to have constructed pipes under floors to keep the entire building warm.

Roman Heating System Layout

Towards the end of the 19th century, low-cost cast iron radiators made it possible to heat homes efficiently. Dave Lennox was the first man to manufacture and market a steel coal furnace in 1895. Due to lack of electrical power supply at that time, the heat was transported by means of natural convection rather than fans. However, this heating solution still wasn’t as efficient as required to keep the entire house warm.

Just after the turn of the century, Albert Marsh discovered Chromel; an alloy made of one part Chromium and four parts Nickel. Some variations also include iron as part of the alloy. This new alloy heralded the coming of electrical heating elements in the market, and it was also 300 times stronger than other similar materials during that time. For his contributions, Albert Marsh is widely regarded as “the father of electrical heating industry.”

Alice Parker Heating System Blog Envi Heater

The first patent for inventing the central heating system was granted in 1919 to Alice Parker. This heating solution was a stark contrast to all the rest that came before it. It provided people with easy means to regulate the temperature throughout their homes more efficiently. The invention proved to be quite successful and one didn’t have to stay close to the fireplace any longer to stay warm.

An early prototype of forced convection wall heater was introduced in 1935, and it utilized coal furnace and an electric fan along with ductwork throughout the home to supply heat to various parts of the building. By the middle of the 20th century, recessed wall heaters became more common in many households and apartments. These heaters utilized floor space efficiently, while still keeping the house warm.

Right alongside recessed wall heaters, wall-mounted electric heaters, also known as wall heaters, surged in popularity. Wall heaters mainly used electricity or natural gas to produce heat, and one of their main advantages was their small size. Another benefit of wall heaters is that they are just temporary fixtures and can be moved around the house as desired. During off seasons, they could be easily detached and stored away in a garage or a closet.

Wall Mounted Envi Heater with Heating History

Today’s wall heaters are constructed with light advanced metals, which are also very durable. The heating elements that they use are ceramic materials or a series of coils and tubes that channel the heat for maximum efficiency. Also, many wall heater models today come with an electric blower to force the warm air to flow in whichever direction one wants.

Bookmark and Share

Great New Features On Envi Wall Mount Space Heater

Have you been wondering what we have been doing to upgrade the Envi Heater? Our research department is taking all the information from our customers and applying the feedback to make the best wall mounted electric room heater in the world! New Temperature Controlling ThermostatControl. We know you want control of the temperature [...]

Read More »

Freezing Temperatures Are Sweeping the Northeast This Spring

It is April everyone! Most of the time this means everyone is gearing up for the summer heat. Trying on the swimsuits and planning that summer vacation….but not so fast! April is not starting out as the beginning of summer but rather it is a breaking records for LOWS! Record Breaking Low Temperatures!Today on April 5th the Northeast [...]

Read More »

Where Was My Winter? Will I Get My Spring?

After all of the crazy weather that has happened this year, one would hope that the craziness would come to an end! But it looks like good ol’ Mother Nature is at it once again with a nationwide winter storm during the first week of spring. The questions I am asking myself is “where was my winter?”, [...]

Read More »

A Storm is Coming

Right NowIn the news at this moment is the storm that is sweeping across the south from Houston (our hometown) all the way to Memphis. This storm is strong and dangerous. The State of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency, and in Texas one man was killed in the flooding. If you are in [...]

Read More »

The Story of the National Anthem

The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key and is the national anthem of the United States of America. The story behind the Star Spangled Banner is as moving as the anthem itself. While an attorney, Key was serving in the Georgetown Light Field Artillery during the War of 1812. In 1814 his negotiation skills as a lawyer [...]

Read More »

World War II Veteran Recommends Envi Heater

Meet Bill Gressinger, a 92 yr old, World War II Veteran We have adopted as one of our Envi Heater Patron Saints. He lives in Oregon where he spends most of his free time working in his wood shop. Bill called after reading about the Envi Heater in a magazine and shared with us about his high heating bills. [...]

Read More »

Top 5 Reasons to Love the Envi Heater

There are many reasons to love the Envi Heater from eHeat. This weekend is the day of love, so we wanted to share the top 5 reasons we love the Envi Heater. 1. The HeatThe Envi Heater heats up to 150sq ft per unit. This unit is bought and owned by many who [...]

Read More »

California Title 24 Heating Solution

Title 24 to some is a cause for bad thoughts and evil words. Where for others Title 24 is a revolutionary standard that is leading the way to help save the earth through humanity being healthier and more efficient at energy use. Whichever side you stand on the residents of California must abide by Title 24. [...]

Read More »

Victory Family Center: A Drug Abuse Rehab Center

Drug addictions are one of the hardest things for a person to overcome. There are many who are fighting to overcome their addictions to make their lives better, and walk on a path of peace and hope. To support these people, there are organizations like Victory Family Center who's sole purpose is to help people overcome their addiction. We [...]

Read More »