Thu, 24 May 2012
This week I caught up with Alex Reiche for the very first Home Style Green expert interview.
Alex Reiche is the Founder and Managing Director of EnviroSpec, an online register of 'Eco-Preferred' products.
Check out EnviroSpec's interacitve house to find the best products for your building project.
Wed, 16 May 2012
In today's cast, I complete our introduction to heating systems with a look at central heating.
Common to all central heating systems are three main components:
1. The fuel
2. The engine or heater
3. The distribution system - pipes, ducts and outlets
There are two main mediums for transfering heat. Air is common with gas-fired heaters and large ducts but is not as effective as water based systems.
Air ducts can lose up to 1 degree per m of duct.
Heating that is not true central heating includes inslab or undertile electric element heating, heat transfer and ventilation system.
Sat, 5 May 2012
After insulation, heating is the next thing most people look at when improving the comfort and warmth of their home.
In this episode of Home Style Green, I discuss room heaters:
In the episode I refer to the 'carnot cycle'. This is the awesome thermodynamic principle behind air conditioning and refrigeration. Refer again to our trusty Wikipedia for a good article about the detailed physics:
Of course the best form of heating is free from the sun. But making the most of passive solar heating is a design challenge and there's usually not a lot that can be done to improve this once a house is built.
So if you're trying to heat an existing, cold home, what's the best option?