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The Essentials Of Heat In Your First House

Jan 31, 2008
Being in my mid-twenties and still unable to get a grip on my finances, makes the prospect of buying a house very difficult. When you are a young child, you fantasize about having a big house with a swimming, hoping one day that we will live happily ever after - well you would think like that if you were a girl. It was true in the case of when I was child growing up, with all these weird and wonderful visions of being a successful superstar living a luxurious glamorous life - I guess you can say I am still dreaming.

Living with the great British weather makes it all the more imperative to have heating in the house one of the many things that I would choose to have in my dream house. Heating in houses come in various different styles, including electric, radiator and underfloor heating. Though not long before did houses come with a fireplace and central was not so common, especially for those who could not afford to install central heating. Now nearly all houses have central heating and fireplaces have now become of a luxury.

Houses in Korea very often have underfloor heating, known as an Ondol, circulated heated air from the kitchen area; this comprised of three main components, the stove/fireplace, heated floor underplayed with smoke passages and a vertical chimney, located just below the roofline, providing a draft. The heated floor would circulate through flues, transporting air from the kitchen into each bedroom in the house. This system was in use for over millennia in Korea, and is still in use in some modern houses.

The first underfloor heating dates back to the Roman period, where they became more common in the colder regions of Rome such as public buildings and villas. This was different from the Ondol as the heat would circulate from a furnace, situated in the wall and required much attention in keeping it running, clearing the ashes and maintaining its heat. Only the rich were able to afford this kind of heating system in their homes.

Some people today buy a house requiring a lot of development and work towards maintaining a sound investment in the property market. This is a good idea for those wanting to build up their assets, though with this move comes a lot of hard work and plenty of research. Many people will not know what to look for when purchasing their first house; as well as setting aside money for a deposit and searching for a mortgage lender, one does need to consider how much they can afford to pay per month, cost of bills, stamp duty fees, how much work does the property need and building surveyors.

The internals of the house include electricity, plumbing system, construction work, insulation and heating - many older houses may have an old boiler system so this may need changing. It is best to have this all checked in advance so you know what you are purchasing, you do not want to have to fork out extortionate amounts on replacements services.
About the Author
Anna Stenning has bought her first house with underfloor heating and all mod cons in her kitchen. If you would like more information on purchasing heating systems for your house click on http://www.floorheatingonline.com/
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