Not Your Parent’s Heating System – Phoenix Heating

Back in the day, Ancient Romans and Middle Easterners heated their homes with a system based on fire. Floors were built a few feet above ground and walls were hollow, which created a system of drafts. They would then burn a fire outside and drafts would sweep the hot air throughout the structure. This was the system that more affluent Romans and Middle Easterners would use but those who were not would use a single fire to heat their home.

Sometime around 1855 Franz San Galli, a Polish-born Russian businessman, invented the radiator which shaped the development of modern central heating.

How Central Heating Works

At the center of your Phoenix heating system is the furnace. A furnace consists of four main parts:

  1. Burners that deliver and burn fuel
  2. Heat exchangers
  3. A blower
  4. A flue acts as an exhaust for gaseous by-products

The burners generate combustion gases that then pass through the heat exchanger to be warmed. Next, the blower carries it through a system of ducts that distribute it around the home. The flue ensures safe operation of the Phoenix heating system by removing the gases produced in the combustion process in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Types of Heating Systems

Most homes in the U.S. use furnaces and boilers for home heating, as described in the process above. But there are other options. Let’s explore some of them…

  • Wood and pellet heaters: Wood and pellet fuel appliances burn small pellets that heat the home. Their downside is that they may emit higher amounts of air pollutants.
  • Active solar heating: These systems are ideal for homes in a cool climate that get lots of sun. This system uses solar energy to heat a fluid and then transfer the solar heat directly into the home.
  • Heat pumps: This technology uses electricity to move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house. Most air-source heat pumps aren’t as efficient in cold climates as other types of heating systems.

It’s getting cold outside, but with the installation of a quality Phoenix heating and cooling system, it doesn’t have to be chilly inside. If your Phoenix heating and cooling system is in need of replacement, contact the experienced Phoenix and Tucson technicians at Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Visit to schedule an appointment or call (602) 943-3426 in Phoenix, (520) 618-1884 in Tucson or (505) 264-7257 in New Mexico.