According to the History Channel, the first mention of what could be considered the modern toilet was in the late 1500s—when Sir John Harington (the godson of Queen Elizabeth I) described an oval-shaped device that could be ‘flushed’ with water from an upstairs cistern.
Home comfort has certainly come a long way since the late 1500s, and we wanted to take a look at some modern plumbing and HVAC innovations that make life more comfortable.
Variable Speed HVAC
Variable speed compressors let you choose to operate your system anywhere from 30% capacity to 100%--on cold mornings when you need a little extra warmth, your system may work harder to help you get there. For single-speed units, the only option is to go 100% to get your home to the desired temperature. Once that temperature is reached, your system will shut down until it senses that your home is reaching the threshold of discomfort.
With a variable speed system, your unit operates more efficiently. Instead of using a ton of energy all at once to get your home to the desired temperature, then shutting off until the temperature climbs to uncomfortable, your system will be able to tell that you’re close to the desired temperature and use less energy to cover the last little bit.
The modern revolution in low-flow technology, dual-flush toilets, puts your water use directly in your hands—using just 0.8 gallons of water for liquid waste and 1.6 gallons for solid waste. The user decides how much water is needed to flush. This innovation prevents excessive water waste and fixes any issues the first model of low-flow toilets had.
Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heaters use the sun to heat your water—meaning the energy used is free! Anything solar is generally more expensive upfront than other systems, but it can also cut your water heating costs by up to 50%! Another great benefit of solar water heaters is their infrequent need for maintenance—a solar water heater requires maintenance once every 3-5 years on average and won’t need a replacement part for up to 10 years.
Many modern technologies make your home feel more comfortable without spending too much energy. Contact the pros at Always Plumbing Heating and Air for our expert services in plumbing, air conditioning, and heating!