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Fun Heating Facts

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  1. The U.S. uses more than a quarter of the world’s total oil.

  2. Natural gas can not only be a heating fuel, but it can also chill the glycol that’s used to produce ice for hockey rinks and ice skating rinks.

  3. There’s a difference between “absorption” and “adsorption.” While “absorption” means taking in light, heat, or other energy molecules, the latter means the adhesion of gasses to a surface.

  4. Natural gas was first transported by pipelines around 500 B.C. by the Chinese. They used bamboo to trap and transport gas that seeped to the surface of the ground.

  5. When temperatures reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit, our work output drops by 45%.

  6. Heating costs plus cooling costs make up about 1/2 of your home’s total energy bill.

  7. The very first municipally-owned natural gas company was located in Philadelphia and opened in 1836. Today, Philadelphia Gas Works is the largest (and longest-operating) public gas system in the U.S.

  8. Old radiators used to be built from cast iron – which is more than 490 pounds per square foot. Wow!

  9. You can use the natural temperature of Earth’s underground to heat your home.

  10. Heat is a form of energy that’s created by the movement of molecules. When an object is heated, the molecules move faster. When cooled, the molecules move slower. That’s why two cold objects can create heat when rubbed together.

  11. The hottest man-made temperature ever recorded was 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit at the Brookhaven Natural Laboratory in New York.

  12. The hottest natural temperature ever recorded was on July 10th, 1913 in Death Valley, California. It was 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

  13. The Romans were among the first to create heated floors – they laid stone slabs over a heating source in the ground.

  14. Both heating and air conditioning can affect our tolerance for hot and cold temperatures. If you’re used to air conditioning, a hot day may seem hotter than it is. Likewise, if you’re used to heat, a cold day may seem colder than it is.

  15. More than half of the homes in the U.S. are heated by natural gas. A large chunk of the remaining homes are heated by electricity and about 15% are heated by other sources like fuel oil, propane, wood, and kerosene.

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