With the bid to find efficient and environment-friendly ways to heat homes at an all –time high, people are pushing the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to heating. And now, it seems that science will soon make it possible for you to heat your home by using the heat generated by fellow human beings. And it might become a reality sooner than you think.

How it really works

Instead of using electricity or gas to generate the heat used in your heating system, this heating system will rely on body heat generated by a group of people. Heat exchangers will be placed in the ventilation systems of crowded areas, like a train station. These exchangers will then use the heat to heat up hot water which is then pumped into a system of pipes in a home.

Why it works

While the heat generated by your body alone is not enough to warm a bucket of water, heat generated by about 250,000 people can. This is so especially considering the fact that people in crowded spaces such as train stations usually do more than sit. They walk, they talk, they run, they carry luggage and they do all sorts of activities. They burn a lot of calories doing so, and this usually causes the body to release a lot of heat. If this heat can be trapped, it is enough to warm a tank of water.

It has actually been proven to work

Using body heat is not just a pipe dream. There are buildings that are already making use of this cost effective and environment-friendly heating technique.

A company in Stockholm has already succeeded in taking advantage natural body heat for building-heating purposes. It has done so by channeling the heat from Stockholm’s central station. By taking advantage of the over 250,000-people-strong crowds that pass through the station, the company has been able to lower a building’s energy costs by 25%. This is in addition to saving the environment from the damaging effects of the byproducts of using conventional heating techniques such as the use of firewood or coal.

However, while the technology has been proven to work, it is still at its early stages of development. As it is, body heat can only be used to complement existing heat sources.  It still needs more fine-tuning to be able to provide heating for whole cities. This means that you may have to wait for a few decades before you can have a cost-effective alternative to oil and gas. But it does not mean that you should give up. Since the technology has been proven to work, there is hope of taking advantage of it in our homes. Until that time comes, consult an HVAC specialist like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating for your home’s heating needs.