Ontario Plumbing Experts Share Water Heater Information All Homeowners Should Know
Understanding the Advancements in Water Heater Technology
For the past 100 years, many homes have been lucky enough to include a water heater. These appliances heat water in the home to then use at hot water taps, showers, or bathtubs.
Before the invention of water heaters, homeowners would have to manually heat water, either on a stove or in a fireplace, to then use for their purposes: anything from washing dishes and laundry, to bathing.
Water heaters are a fantastic invention, and the below information will help you better understand where they came from, and where future technology is taking them.
The History of Water Heaters
There’s some argument over who invented the water heater. Possibly it was the ancient Romans, as they invented a lot of useful tools.
However, some people think it may have been a man named Benjamin Waddy Maughan, and others say a man named Edmund Rudd.
But the truth of the matter is the water heater as we know it today may have come from a variety of inventions, simply cobbled together. The first patented water heater, though, was in 1866 by Maughan. It was a residential water heater, and it used natural gas to heat the water. But the heater didn’t have a flue, which meant the gas vapours couldn’t ventilate, making it unsafe to use inside homes.
In 1889 Rudd took Maughan’s invention and added safety features, making the first step toward the modern water heater, as we know it today. This would pretty much last until 1990 when water heater design really took off and began to differ in design and options.
How Did The Process of Heating Water Improve?
Before the advent of water heaters, people had to heat water with fire. They either had to put a kettle or pot on a stove (often a wood stove) or use a literal fireplace to heat water.
This was an inefficient way to heat water, as much was lost to evaporation, not to mention it was very time-consuming. This method would take long to heat the water, and would take even longer if you needed a large amount of it, such as for a bath.
Many water heaters nowadays work by having a water heater tank. This tank is kept full of hot water. Whenever you turn on a hot water tap, the tank sends hot water ready to use. Of course, if you use too much hot water your tank may need to reheat more water, but this is a process that happens relatively fast, using natural gas or electricity.
Modern Water Heater Options
Since the invention of the water heater with the standard tank, there have been leaps and bounds in water heater technology.
Many of them have become more eco-friendly and provide more options for homeowners. One such option is a tankless water heater.
This appliance, like its name suggests, does not use a water tank. Instead, the water is heated on command as soon as you need it. This prevents you from needing the space to house a large tank, and it also eliminates the problem of running out of hot water, as the tankless water heater can just heat up more the instant you need it.
There are a variety of water heater options available today, so you no longer have to worry about heating a kettle on the stove or fire. If you have further questions about water heaters, our local expert would be happy to help.
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