FURNACES

9/7/2016

Installed in almost every building occupied by humans, beyond the tropics on both side of the equator, is a variant heating device known as a furnace. It is manufactured by many companies and comes in different designs, but the end result is the same; utilizing an energy source to release heat and then transfer that heat through an exchanger to warm a habitable space. The fuel mainly used today is natural gas, but also on the ‘burner’ are: petroleum products, wood, biomass, and electricity from coal. All of these adding to greenhouse gas emissions and most of them nonrenewable resources. As manufacturers increase the efficiency, they also add to the complexity and thus decrease the life of the unit. In the early 19th century, a monstrosity known as the ‘octopus’ used either coal or oil to heat an uninsulated house quite comfortably in colder climates than what we have now. It had 2 moving parts, the door and a mechanical thermostat. They were still functioning 60 years later, then heating contractors installed new technology that now lasts maybe 20 years. Those old business owners used to live in 600 sq. ft. shacks; due to a lack of work and service calls. Now they get lost in their 6000 sq. ft. castles. Today we have 2 choices for ending our dependence on the polluting, perplexing, prematurely failing, piles of complex crap, we call furnaces. 1): Build huge conduits between the northern and southern hemispheres and pump the heat from the summer seasons over to the winter seasons. Expensive, but doable. 2): Take all the extremely radioactive wastes, that are laying around the country waiting for burial in Yucca Mountain to open and put it in shielded, tamper proof boxes. Place these containers in the middle of your house and blow fan driven air across it. We will be a much healthier society because nuclear is ‘green’ and we currently use radiation therapy to kill many kinds of cancer. With preventative radiation measures in place, how can we lose?  

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