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Ancient Roman Heating and Cooling Systems

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Ciara Willhite

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Ancient Roman Heating and Cooling Systems

Ancient Roman Heating and Cooling Systems! Why Was this important to the Romans?? This was important because they needed some
way to cool off in the summer and some
way to keep warm in the winter. Who created the hypocaust? The creator of the hypocaust was said to be Sergius Orata. When was the hypocaust invented? It was said to be invented over 2000 years ago by the Romans. How did the Romans create the hypocaust? The house floor was raised high by pillars, called pilae stacks, so that hot air and smoke from the furnace could warm the walls and the floor. Hypocaust: a hollow space or system of channels in the floor or walls of ancient Roman buildings that provided a central heating system by receiving and distributing the heat from a furnace. The Romans used these systems called
"Grottoes" to cool off in the summer that were bath houses that were naturally formed by the ocean tides that offered shelter and respite from the restless sun. Also, if they were rich enough they could install piping into the walls of their homes to pump cool water from the aqueducts.
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