History of Indoor Heating
According to Britannica, central heating most likely was invented in ancient Greece, but the Romans developed a hypocaust system to warm rooms from an open space below the floor. Once the Roman Empire declined, this system disappeared. However, the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century brought it back as buildings were much larger and needed heating.
In 1885, Robert Bunsen invented what is now known as the Bunsen burner. This invention opened the door for more uses of natural gas in America. This began the use of natural gas in homes. Electric heating systems were later used beginning in the early 20th Century.
Fast forward to present day — when it comes to the choice between electric and gas heating in Indiana, it is less expensive to heat with electricity than with natural gas. In fact, the cost of gas has risen an average of 8% a year over the last 10 years. Learn more about gas vs. electric heat here.
When most people think about furnaces, they assume the options are gas or electric. but as demand for “Green” technology increases, alternatives to traditional heating and cooling options such as hybrid heat systems and geothermal systems are becoming popular options.
The Bryant® Evolution® System heat pump offers Bryant’s highest efficiency performance and most comfort options, and the Preferred™ Series and Legacy™ Line products provide economical comfort. Plus, you can add a Bryant gas furnace and enjoy Hybrid Heat® efficiency to save even more.
An energy efficient hybrid system combines a gas furnace with an electric heat pump and it’s also less expensive to convert an existing gas furnace to a hybrid system by installing an electric heat pump than to switch to an all-electric heating system, which could cost $3,000 or $4,000 to upgrade meters, electrical boxes, wiring, etc. to get the right service to support the system. While hybrid systems have been available for a while, new technology has made it easier to integrate the systems for installation, and easier for the homeowner to operate.
Ready to discuss a hybrid heating system? Call Thiele at 317-639-1111.