Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings
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Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.


Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Five Commonly Held Misconceptions About Home Heating Oil Efficiency

Nicole Jacobs

When it comes to heating your home during the coldest months of the year, efficiency is important both for ensuring comfort on your home's interiors and for reducing your utility bill. 

Unfortunately, rampant misconceptions out there about home heating oil often cause homeowners to forego this type of fuel for a less efficient option. The following are five of these common heating oil misconceptions that can prevent you from finding the ideal option for your unique home:

Oil is necessarily a non renewable resource.

There is not only one type of oil that is used in home heating. While home heating oil that is produced from either crude oil extraction or oil shale is undeniably non-renewable, heating oil can also be produced from plants. 

When heating oil is produced from agricultural waste or from crops like rapeseed and corn, it is clearly a renewable resource. 

There's no such thing as a system that runs on heating oil and uses alternative energy.

In fact, biodiesel used as a home heating oil is considered to be an alternative energy source. Homeowners using biodiesel to heat their homes are heating their home with oil without detracting from petroleum reserves. 

Natural gas systems are more efficient.

Marketing efforts of natural gas providers have succeeded in causing the public to associate natural gas with efficiency and sustainability. However, this is mostly just marketing and far from accurate. 

When you're considering the efficiency of heating oil vs. natural gas, remember that heating oil offers more heat per BTU than natural gas. Heating oil produces around 40,000 more BTUs per gallon than natural gas. 

It's easier to heat tap water with natural gas.

The misconception that heating oil is less effective than natural gas for water heater operation is especially common.

In fact, a modern water heating system that runs on heating oil can heat tap water just as effectively as natural gas. Statistics show that an oil hot water heater has a hot water recovery rate that's twice as fast as the rate of a water heater that's running on natural gas. 

Choosing heating oil to heat your home will lower your home's resale value.

Because homeowners are aware of these misconceptions, they often assume that buyers will be less willing to make a good offer on their home when it comes time to sell if their heating system runs on oil. 

However, homeowners who know how to answer questions about the efficiency of their heating system could in fact make their home heating oil a strong selling point if they keep careful track of their system's efficiency.

For heating oil, contact a company such as Olympic Energy LLC.