Is Toronto’s Hard Water Making You Sick?

    Is Toronto’s Hard Water Making You Sick? A new research study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences drew a connection with showerheads that sprayed hard water and a prevalence of bacteria linked to pulmonary, or lung-related, disease. Toronto in particular has a water hardness rating of 7.5 which isn’t too bad considering some nearby municipalities are much higher.  Woodbridge is 16.2, Aurora...

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    Lime Scale…. The Energy Thief

    From the smallest homes and business to the very largest, everyone invests a substantial amount of money into heating water. The problem is lime scale buildup on the surface of water heaters, which significantly reduces heat transfer. This lime scale reduces heat transfer, decreases fuel efficiency, and will ultimately lead to equipment failure. Water naturally contains dissolved minerals such as calcium carbonate, lime, silica, iron,...

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    Instant or Tankless Water Heaters?

    Things to Know. Most of us have grown up with a standard tank type water heater.  As such we are used to the way our hot water system works.  Switching to a tankless water heater will have an affect on the way your hot water system works. With a tank type heater, when you turn on a hot water faucet, the hot water, typically 140 degrees, immediately begins flowing through the pipe to get to your faucet.  As the water travels through...

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    GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater

    GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater Heating water for showers, laundry, dishwashers and other household needs can account for up to 25 percent of a home’s total energy cost. General Electric hopes that they figured out a way to persuade homeowners to upgrade from a conventional electric storage-tank water heater to its new heat-pump water heater, expected out in the fourth quarter of 2009. A heat-pump water heater is quite common in...

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    Solar Water Heater and Tankless Update

    Solar Water Heater and Tankless One of our readers is working on installing a domestic solar hot water heater in conjunction with a tankless.  They were going to go with a Rheem tankless to offset any additinonal temperature increase that was needed over the solar gains.  Unfortunately they found out that the particular unit that they were planning on using senses the incoming water temperature, buy ‘ignores’ water that is...

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