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Home Heating Systems: How They Work

With winter already in full-force, your home heating system is probably working overtime.

Home Heating Systems: How They Work

Many homeowners have no idea how their home heating system works, trusting its maintenance and repair to paid professionals instead of doing it themselves.

Learning about the basics of your furnace or boiler system can save you money on routine maintenance and minor repairs for years to come.

How home heating systems work: Basics

Every home heating system is made up of a heat producer, heat exchanger, heat distributor, and a temperature regulator. The heat producers is the core of the entire home heating system.

In most homes, the heat producer is an electric, gas, or oil burner. The heat exchanger can either be a furnace that heats the air or a boiler that heats water.

Boilers are more common in areas where the winters are extremely cold. Furnace-based home heating systems are more suitable for warmer climates.

The heat distribution method depends on the type of home heating system. Furnace-based heaters use ducts and vents to send the heated air all over the house.

Boiler-based home heating systems have pipes to pump heated water throughout the house, with radiators that are responsible for distributing the actual heat.

A thermostat or humidistat is used to regulate the home’s climate and turn the heating system on or off.

How home heating systems work: Furnaces

A furnace-based home heating system works by heating air and blowing the heated air throughout the home via a duct system.

The heat producer and exchanger turn on when the thermostat signals that the temperature is too low. The blower then moves the hot air into the main branch of the ductwork.

Smaller branches split off to take heated air to each room of the home. The amount of air each room receives can be controlled by adjusting the home heating system’s registers.

The air returns to the heat producer via a separate set of ductwork and vents. Once the desired temperature is reached, the thermostat turns off the home heating system.

How home heating systems work: Boilers

Boiler-based home heating systems are quite similar to furnace-based systems, but use water as the heating medium instead of air.

The boiler heats up the water, then pumps it throughout the home via pipes into each room. The individual rooms must have a radiator in order to disperse the heat.

Like the air home heating units, there is also a return system to take the water back into the boiler to be heated and redistributed again.

How The Dog Food Industry Has You Brainwashed

Isn’t it strange how when we feed our dogs food from the table, it’s referred to as “human food,” but the stuff that comes out of the dog food bag is called “dog food?”

How The Dog Food Industry Has You Brainwashed

It should be the other way around: Natural food should be dog food, and the stuff that’s created in factories by humans, should be called human food.

Still confused? I’ll make it easier: Dogs should be given whole food. Who’d ever think, right? What did dogs eat, long before the invention of “dog food?” Think about it.

On the homestead, people fed their dogs the exact food that they themselves ate:

  • beef
  • milk
  • eggs
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • bread
  • vegetables
  • fruit

Why aren’t dogs as deserving of whole, natural foods, as humans are? Are we such a superior species, that only WE should experience the health benefits of whole foods?

The pet food industry has the masses thinking otherwise. How else could they make money?

Oh, don’t feed your dog this! And don’t feed him that!

Though it’s true that chocolate can be deadly to dogs, and onions and grapes can cause digestive problems in dogs, it’s also a fact that dogs have been thriving for centuries on natural foods grown from the goodness of the earth.

Only recently, in terms of the evolution of dogs, has artificial food been introduced to them.

My White German Shepherd loves watermelon, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, oranges, bananas, apples, apple sauce, oranges, and orange juice. He loves whole-wheat bread (home-made), potatoes and rice.

What is WRONG with feeding your dog these items? Do you think that the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables work their anti-cancer and anti-heart-disease magic only in humans?

Ever read the ingredients of dog food? That stuff is so heavily processed, with all sorts of additives, even sometimes artificial color, and “natural flavors” or “flavorings.” What’s “natural flavor”?

Is this an ingredient, or a description of how an ingredient tastes? Where are the “flavorings” from?

Very few people read dog food ingredients, because the list is gigantic. But take some time to read it. In fact, hold a dog food morsel between your fingers and study it. Just what is in that thing?

Think of all the processing and heating it’s been through.

The closer-to-nature food is, the healthier it is. Look how far from nature dog food is. This is why the manufacturer must pump all sorts of vitamins and minerals into the food.

The food does not contain all these nutrients in their natural state.

But whole foods do. And when nutrients are consumed as they exist in their natural state, their health benefits are superior to artificially-concocted foods with added nutrients.

And so what if your dog gets diarrhea from eating fruit. Don’t YOU sometimes? The diarrhea is temporary, the result of fiber from the fruit. Keep feeding Fido fruit, and his digestive system will soon adapt.

Don’t let the pet food industry warp your thinking about what a dog should eat.

I’ll add, however, that there are dog food companies that make the food out of only organic, all-natural ingredients. These can be found at health food stores.

Essential Keys to Student Wellness in College

Essential Keys to Student Wellness in College

Get Sleep

Get your recommended 8 hours a night of sleep or pay the consequences:

Believe me, it’s very important to get enough sleep.

Especially when being a student relies so much on your mental ability and yet there are so many factors present in college that tend to seriously reduce the amount of the time students sleep.

Eat all Day

It is much better for your body to get more meals of less, than fewer meals of more. Eat Breakfast. Eat snacks. Eat when your hungry. Not the diet advice you were expecting?

I rely on a bodybuilding-like system based on harnessing the power of your natural metabolism.

It’s as simple as: Keep throwing a little bit of coal into the furnace all day and it will burn the most regularly, and most efficiently.

One step further and you can begin monitoring the macro-nutrients present in your food intake and modify your diet so that every meal or snack you eat is exactly aligned and balanced with the macro-nutrient ratio you are aiming for.

If this sounds too advanced, then just focus for the time being on increasing the frequency of your meals while decreased the size of your meals.

One you get comfortable with this level of nutritional awareness you can take more and more advanced steps.

Get Out of the Room and Get Some Exercise

College is a time of great parody. At some moments you are busier than you can handle, while others you have nothing to do and are completely bored.

It’s important, however, during these gaps of boredom and dorm room lounging that you make time to get out once in a while.

Fresh air, sun light, other people… these are things that you need to leave your room to experience and should do so often.

Go for a run, go to the gym, go play ultimate Frisbee – just find a reason to leave the room and get moving. Your body will thank you.

Manage Stress Effectively

I am a huge proponent of the power of the mind. When you get stressed out, your mental sickness (per say) can easily spread to your physical.

It has been noted in scientific studies that people with high levels of stress have a repressed or weakened immune system.

What this means is that in addition to keeping yourself physically healthy you need to invest time in keeping yourself mentally healthy.

Take time to relax, do things you enjoy, exercise is also known to help to a large extent in reducing stress.

Drink your Water

What are the main things you drink on a college campus? Alcohol and Caffeinated beverages?

Well, both of these cause dehydration which makes it that much more important to get in all 8 glasses of water the doctors suggest per day.

(I recommend drinking an additional glass of water each alcoholic drink or caffeinated drink in order to offset the dehydrating effects).

Use water filters to drink the best water.

Be Consistent

Remember that with all the above, consistency is the most important factor in determining the amount of success you will have with your fitness plan.

Rather than going to the gym for the first week of your program for 2 hours a day and dropping off and getting exhausted; you can instead go for like 45 minutes and maintain your level of motivation and interest.

Exerting yourself too much too early tends to lead to quitting the fitness plan. If you get your exercise in on a consistent basis it is more important than length of time or intensity.

Without consistency nothing else matters because you aren’t really following your plan if you don’t have consistency.