Understand The Basic Principles Behind Heat Transfer Engineering

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If you want to ensure that your property is as efficient as possible in terms of its energy use then you will need to comprehend the basic principles behind heat transfer engineering. For most of us the cost of heating our home makes up the greatest part of our annual utility bills.

Without adequate insulation then the associated cost can be very high. As the world is still struggling to come out of recession we should do as much as we can to ensure we are not wasting energy and unnecessarily paying a high electricity bill.

We are taught even at a young age that heat will flow from hot surfaces to cold. This is all too obvious. We know that a piece of furniture next to a heater will become warmer quicker than those objects that are further away. This concept is referred to simply as heat radiation.

If the heat transfers through an object then the process at work is known as conduction. A good example is when we place an iron poker in an open fire; the heat transfers through the metal to the handle. This is an essential principle to understand when we come to insulate our properties. Without choosing the right material you'll find that heat is lost more rapidly through the structure of the building.

The final type of heat transfer is called convection. Convection results when the heat energy is dissipated by air or water. Convection currents are moving bodies. We can see how the global weather systems use convection to transfer heat and energy around the atmosphere. If you have a fan heater then this will also incorporate the principles of convection. A draughty room will lose heat through convection.

Now you understand the basic concepts of how heat is transferred, but how can you take this knowledge and implement it into the design of your home? Well, to begin with you should realize that heat transfer engineering does not just relate to keeping a property warm in the cold winter months, it also is important to ensure that your property does not get too hot during the long summer days. Through the choice of the correct insulation and building materials you can make adaptations that will reduce the amount of heat transferred both out and into your home.

When it comes to purchasing any insulation product, check out the rating that is in its product description. This should be termed an "R" rating. The larger the figure the better the material will be at prohibiting the flow of heat energy.

You should always be aware that heat is not just lost through the ceiling. Windows, doors, walls, in fact any physical structure can be changed to minimize the heat flow. Always consider the complete building rather than individual rooms.

The technology and understanding relating to heat transfer engineering have dramatically advanced over the last ten years due in part to the work by Pratt Whitney. Now you can ensure that your home is kept at the optimum temperature at any time of the year. As a greater emphasis is placed on energy efficient homes, so is the availability of the right products. Alongside the financial savings, by correctly insulating your home you will also be reducing your carbon footprint.

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