Furnaces: Why we still burn fuel to heat our homes technology connections heat pump

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Ever wonder why the gas-fired furnace is still so prevalent? Why isn’t electric heat the standard? Well, wonder no more as we explore the economic and practical reasons the gas-fired furnace is so ubiquitous in colder climates, and how in the future this is almost certainly going to change.

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moranarevel 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

We heat with wood with propane backup in part off the house and propane in the rest of the house with electric as the backup.

The backup to the backup is kerosene.

The house is over 100 years old and the propane makes it feel warmer.

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Blakgryf 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Something you forgot to mention is that older gas furnaces with mechanical or battery thermostats can continue to function during a blackout, so if that frigid winter storm brings down the powerlines you at least still have heat.

I have coworkers who primarily heat their houses with wood burning stoves.
In 2021.
No, they aren't Amish.
Yes, they have electricity.
I live in Michigan, barely three hours from Grand Rapids, and a couple hours from Detroit.

I think it's going to be quite awhile before they manage to completely do away with fuel-burning heat simply because there will always be places electric heat will have trouble being considered reliable enough to depend on in the extreme condition that occur there.

Nothing against going all electric, I just think a lot of the people forget the old advice of not putting all your eggs in one basket.
I think the 2019 winter blackout in Texas is a good illustration of why.

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Jeff wright 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Everyone is pushing solar power as the solution for electric generation. I’m not sold on the idea at least in the areas where it gets really cold with snow. In the winter the days get shorter thus less solar , when it snows it can take a week or more for the snow to melt off of the solar panels thus no solar. If more people are running electricity for heat either resistance or heat pump , where is all of the extra electricity coming from? Battery banks still need to be recharged by something. The wind turbines in our area are few and they always seem to be broken or at least they don’t run. I burn oil. The boiler uses very little electricity and keeps my home very comfortable no need to change.

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Mohammed Faiz 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

I love how we use sunlight to vapourize water and create electricity… This is the best way till what i know

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MH 08 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

You'll have to pry my gas stove from my cold, dead oven mitts.

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Jacob 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Laughs in 97% hydropower

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Ilia 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Using only solar and wind to feed the energy needs of the world – is a nice wish, but only that. It's not possible.
We can utilize renewable energy much more and more, but we can't accomplish 100% fossil fuels replacement with only those 2.
My bet is nuclear energy will stay for long with us and we may even experience a nuclear Renaissance very soon.

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Hello There 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Old furnaces don’t require electricity to operate, which is important for extremely cold areas that lose power each year from bad snow storms

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Drewy Nucci 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

You forgot oil furnaces…. Pretty much everyone has an oil furnace in ct, nyc, Boston, etc….even the best pizza place in the whole US uses oil to cook pizza in new haven, etc….

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EonsHD 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

The follow up question is, why is so much of our electricity still generated by fossil fuels?

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EcoMotive 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

I chose to heat my house with a wood stove and it's awesome. All of my fuel comes from my own property. The house is about three times as insulated as a typical new construction so I burn very little. I'm still burning the firewood I cut down to make a clearing for the house years ago.

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Paul Burg 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Just to be extremely pedantic, but electric resistive heating still isn't 100% efficient. Some of the energy goes into creating light, thanks to black body radiation, which can escape the building via windows.

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Zoe Schultz 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Electric heat dries the air more so than a gas-fired furnace. Some furnaces also have a humidifier added to keep the air humid enough and run when the furnace runs. I don't think electric base-boards can match that.
I also remember something about house codes that at least ones with a central wood burning furnace, there has to be a back-up system such as base-board heating. I used to live in such a "green"-house.

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Construction Gamer 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Do you not have central heating in the US?

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David Garris 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Hey I grew up in Roselle

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J Deveau 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

I have electric, oil (really just fancy diesel), and wood heat. Wood is by far the best type of heat for winter in my experience.

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Patrick Vroman 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Bring back the bowtie!

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S 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

I've lived in two different apartments with baseboard heating, and I can tell you with confidence that it is absolutely terrible at heating a home even when the units are new. It also makes the electric bill skyrocket in the winter. They're cheap and easy to install for the slum lords that put them in their properties though.

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Colleen Thomas 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Nope-Fuel oil here!

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Nicholas Gad 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Lol on the bow-tie 😂

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Lingon - 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Gas? In my home? No, I think not. 😉 Never was a thing in most Scandinavia. Gas stoves as the most (especially before induction was common), but a dryer? Unheard of.

Living in Sweden, we ditched burning fossil fuels for heat sometime in the 70's, due to the oil crisis. And it went FAST. Some went direct heating, others geothermal or simply bio/wood pellets. Today geothermal, or air heat exchange is by far most widespread! We had a air heat pump from sometime in the 90s, backed up by direct water heating. Then again, Scandinavian homes are probably much better insulated.

Also, it is funny how from the US POV, heat exchanging is a new thing and it is described as backwards running A/C. Over here, home A/C is quite uncommon but starting to appear as more and more heat exchangers comes with this function as a bonus, described in common language as "It is like your heat pump, but running backwards to make cold air inside!)

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Dummy System 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

He's been talking about heat pumps for over five years.
I appreciate the dedication.

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just-A-guy 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

I live in an area that gets crazy cold during winter…I don't have a heater of any kind 🤨

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Abraham Technology 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Nuclear, nat gas, and solar will always be used.
You can't nor shouldn't get rid of nat gas.

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John Paul Davie 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Wait… Do americans not have electric stoves?

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Seregosa 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

And here in sweden: ”what is gas? Is it some form of weird electricity?”

While there certainly are places using gas in sweden, it’s very rare. There are no gas lines to houses and even ovens with gas driven flames just aren’t ever used if you’re not a chef or a bit too excited about cooking(I want one, I love cooking, but it’s expensive and not that practical). It’s to the point where the idea feels a bit alien to most swedes. Gas just isn’t on the map for most, it’s electricity all the way.

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John Herbert 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Regarding gas power plant efficiency it make a use difference if your using gas to boil water to steam in and old coal plant or if your using modern combined cycle turbines.

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Scott3387 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

The difference between the US and the UK in this are amazing. No-one has a furnace, we all have gas boilers. We also have no venting, we mostly use hot water based radiators.

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f4th0m0 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

omg.. that bow tie… come on.. please no..

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pleappleappleap 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Electric stoves suck.

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Ana 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Becoming DEPENDENT on the Electric Conpanies is a VERY BAD idea.. The global Population is DECREASING… and soon there will be NO NEED for this new technology.
We will stick with Fireplaces and gas, thank you.

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John Deaux 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Neat bit of information… Gas dryers for clothing are somewhat unheard of – i encountered my first on a couple months back in the states with my father in law – had to ask what it was…

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Stephan de V 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

they put up more solar they put up more windmills. so more energy comes from wind and sun. yet the force you to get more and more electric devices. for heating cooking diving.. so the energy requirements get bigger and bigger. yet they wont promote nuclear power (much more electricity per square meter) so it will be a long race catching up for solar and wind if they wish it to be a big source

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JonatasAdoM 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Youtube knows I'm freezing right now because it is one of the strongest winters in decades but I don't have a heater because I live in a tropical hell.

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William S. 18/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

“An invention that you take advantage of— a furnace. “

Me: cries in texas

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