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Choosing a Heating System That Saves Energy

Choosing a Heating System That Saves Energy

The more you know about the various heating systems that are available on the market today, the better able you will be to choose the best one for your home. Obviously, your main goal (besides being comfortable), is to have a heating and air conditioning source that costs as little as possible to use and maintain.

Your Biggest Expense

Space heating is the largest expense for most home owners in North America. In the United States, this expense accounts for approximately 45 percent of all energy bills. In the US, the most common form of home heating fuel is gas, which is used by 57 percent of home owners. Year ago it cost two to three times as much to heat a home with oil as it did to heat it with gas. However early this year oil prices crashed and at present it costs about the same to heat with gas or oil. Another way to cut costs is to upgrade your home as well as your heating system. Putting in new doors and windows, insulation, etc. can do a lot to cut down on your home heating bills.

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How do Heating Systems Work?

While there are many different types of heating systems, they all incorporate the same three basic parts:

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  • Heat Source – Usually a furnace, heat pump, or boiler, provides warm air and water throughout the home.
  • Heat Distribution System – This moves the heat throughout the home. Systems include forced air and radiators.
  • Control System – This the thermostat that allows you to control the temperature in your home.

Types of Heat Sources

There are five main heating sources that are used by heating systems:

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  • Furnaces – Heat the air and use blower motors and air ducts to get the air throughout the home.
  • Boilers – Heat water to provide heat to the home through hot water or steam. The heat is distributed throughout the home via a pipe system.
  • Heat Pumps – Heat the home by pulling heat from the air and then redistributing it throughout the home. This type of source is also used for cooling homes.
  • Active Solar Heating – Heats the home by using energy from the sun. Panels collect the energy, and then it is distributed throughout the home.
  • Electric Heating – Heats the home by converting energy into heat. Also known as electric resistance heating.

Types of Heat Distribution Systems

There are five main types of heat distribution systems:

  • Forced Air – This is the most common type of distribution system in homes. It distributes heat from the furnace through air ducts.
  • Steam Radiant – This is likely one of the oldest types of heat distribution systems, using radiators to heat individual rooms.
  • Radiant – This can be installed in floors, ceiling, and wall panels, and transfers heat from hot surfaces to items, including people, in the room. According to a research conducted by Heating Oil Express radiators have slightly more advantages than forced air systems.
  • Hot Water Baseboards – This is a lot like radiant heating, with hot water flowing through baseboard heating units.
  • Electric Baseboards – A variation of hot water baseboards, these use electricity to heat the home.

Other Sources of Home Heating

In addition to the main heating sources in homes, many homeowners are opting for a variety of other heating sources. These include:

  • Wood/Pellet Stoves – These are ideal if you live in an area where you can easily get wood. It is also one of the most economical way to heat a home.
  • Portable and Direct Vent Wall Heaters – Used in addition to the main heating system when that system isn’t quite enough.
  • Fireplaces – These can provide a lot of warmth in a room, and they look great while doing it.

Featured photo credit: Garret Voight via flickr.com

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Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

Common Sense

There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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Motorcycles

Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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Walking

People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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Final Thoughts

The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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