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Home and Building, Volume 18 Number 1 (June 1955)


In this our third article on household heating let us suppose that you are quite determined not to abandon the charm and cheerfulness of your open fire. You say, and quite rightly that it forms a focal point in your living room in winter and that it is companionable and bright during the long winter evening. On these damp afternoons when the daylight disappears so soon, you put a match to your fire and the whole room brightens up. You say that when you have friends in for the evening

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there certainly is something about an open fire that seems to stimulate conversation and gives a feeling of hospitality. In a large house, particularly the older type of house with high ceilings and large rooms some modern form of central heating is really necessary. This can give an even background wormth with an open fire for radiant heat and cheerfulness.

There is much more to this large subject than the purchase of boilers and radiators, it is absolutely essential to have the advice of a heating engineer. For the following information on central heating we are indebted to Mr. R. W. Talbot.

Central heating is the provision of a boiler or a warm air furnace in the basement or in a suitable room in a house or building and the distribution of the heat through pipes or ducts to the various rooms. The distribution with a system such as this has to be carefully designed by a Heating Engineer and the first step is to calculate the heat loss from each of the rooms. The plant is then designed so that the heating system will replace this heat loss in each of the rooms to maintain comfortable conditions. The types of central heating are numerous but we will refer briefly to each system as follows:

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