The History of Water Heaters

Similar to a lot of innovations we utilize today, the origins of the contemporary hot water heater can not quickly be traced back to just one person or society as its developer. It may not be as strange as some inventions however it is absolutely a development that we use each day. Having hot water in homes has assisted make our lives easier and healthier, and ought to not be a thing we take for granted.

It makes us laugh some when we see literature and see advertisements for tankless hot water heaters with the marketing message of “immediate hot water.” Sure, it would certainly be terrific to have, and of course it can save water that would run down the drain as one awaits the hot water to go through ones house plumbing pipes from the water heater to the tap; yet are we that spoiled that we can’t wait a few seconds for the heated water to come out? In this post we are going to be looking at a few of the cultures and individuals that have assisted with the innovation of bringing hot water into the home for us to enjoy this contemporary comfort.

I remember viewing Western movies when I was a youngster and people would fill tubs with water warmed from a stove or fire. This was a time consuming procedure, however just what individuals did prior to having the creation of a water heater. Over the past 100 years approximately, luckily this process is not needed anymore.

Maughans Water Heater The Geyser

The Romans had their hot bath houses, which is usually considered to be an early kind of water heating. They had an excellent technique of heating their buildings with flowing air heated up from a fire underneath the flooring. Sort of like an early kind of radiant floor heating. They utilized fires to heat water in large lead boilers attached above the heating systems. This was used for their very large bathroom residences which resembled saunas.

Currently we will jump ahead in time to the English painter, Benjamin Waddy Maughan. He had the very first trademarked for a hot water heater in 1868. In his layout, natural gases heated up the water however there was not a flue to eliminate the gas vapors that are produced while doing so. This was the first time that gas, not a solid fuel was used in heating water. This development by Maughan had the cold water flow through wires that were heated by the hot gases of a burner. The heated water produced then entered into a sink or bathtub. It was called The Geyser, for the inventor had the suggestion from a real water hot spring.

As a result of Maughan’s lack of air flow, his water heater was not used inside the house. Today, if a hot water heater is not ducted properly, carbon monoxide could enter the house, which is a large concern.

Ewart Royal Gyser Water Heater

Maughan’s development did go on to affect Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer who was the inventor of the automatic storage water heater in 1889. During the 1880s in Pittsburgh, Rudd began the process of identifying the best ways to develop hot water securely. The firm he started, Ruud Manufacturing Company, is still a leading producer of hot water heater today. By the time of Rudd’s death, he managed to alter the day-to-day sanitary routines of most every American.

In England around 1895, Ewart & Son developed a gas fired water heater called the Royal Geyser. It would certainly be mounted alongside a bathtub. It was gas fired and heated water that was entering into the bathtub. The hot water was blended with cold water to produce the temperature one wished. The creation was a little delicate, for if the water was turned off before the pilot light being turned off, it would usually destroy the appliance.

The 1900s are referred to as the golden era of water heaters. There are many business that began in the United States, supplying thoughts and modern technologies to continually improve on the general design. We have electrical, gas, tankless as well as solar hot water heater today, all which have an interesting history for their innovations.

I mentioned tankless hot water heater in the introduction of this write-up. Though many individuals still consider them a recent product in the plumbing world, however they were really initially invented in 1929! Stiebel-Eltron developed the first electrical tankless heater, or coil immersion heater.

Various other terms used to refer to hot water heater that are still around today are an electric water boiler, electric dispensing pot, geyser, or electric water urn.

There is the succinct past of the modern hot water heater. Try to remember that it is a house device that does need a little maintenance once in a while too.

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