Yes, that’s right…I’m thankful for the invention of the first automatic hot water heater!! Growing up a Ruud Monel tank was even the kind of hot water heater we had (see ad above). My father installed it in our house in 1950 and it functioned until 2008 ! It kept pumping out the hot water but the outer tank eventually rusted out. Today we have a different one with a measly ten year warranty. Guess they don’t make ’em like they used to, huh?
In 1868, a British decorative painter named Benjamin Waddy Maughan patented the first instantaneous water heater for household use. Called the “gas geyser,” Maughan’s invention employed natural gas to heat the water as it flowed into the tub. The geyser didn’t have a flue for venting gas vapors, so it was dangerous to use. Maughan’s design inspired mechanical engineer Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian immigrant to the United States, who patented his automatic storage water heater in 1889. Ruud’s water heater was a gas-heated, cast iron appliance with a copper heat exchanger. When the bather opened a water faucet, an actuator valve turned on the heater’s burners.
You’ve got to admit if we didn’t have hot water on demand life would be very different. We’ve all experienced black outs on occasion and had to boil water and the inconvenience and waiting for the water to come to temperature. Can you imagine having to do that for bath water, never mind wanting to take a shower? Just the other day when I had a migraine I stood under that shower for twenty minutes and let the hot water hit me in the head pretending it was washing the pain away from me. Running water also emits negative ions which is a great thing. Negative ions are invisible molecules in the atmosphere. According to the Web MD website, once negative ions are inhaled and reach our bloodstream, they are believed to regulate levels of the mood chemical serotonin, consequently helping in alleviating depression, anxiety and stress, while also boosting our energy. Negative ions help bring our brain to a higher awareness level. All I know is it feels really good and helped ease the pain of my migraine for the time I was in the shower. If only I had a 75 gallon tank 🙂
Aaahhhh…..a hot bath or a hot shower. Life is good when you have that luxury.