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In Hot Water

May 01, 2005
May/June 2005
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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        If you happened to be in the Monterey Peninsula Airport in Monterey, California, between December 2004 and May 2005, you were treated to a very interesting display of water heaters, both modern and antique.The display in the airport art gallery, “In Hot Water,”was created by Eileen Tuttle, the airport curator and design specialist, and Larry and Suzanne Weingarten, Home Energy water heater gurus (see “Soft Water, Strong Odor,” p. 6).“The folks who designed these systems created very elegant water heaters,” says Larry Weingarten. And the older water heaters worked well and efficiently.
         If you weren’t able to make it to the show in person, highlights appear in the accompanying photos.The photo on the upper left shows a Humphrey instant water heater, circa 1920. The body is cast iron and the coils are copper. Going clockwise, the second photo shows a Ruud tank heater, circa 1940. This bad boy can put out 200,000 Btu per hour. The next photo shows kitchen water heaters. The Jewel gas heater (on the table in the photo) was carried from room to room. Finally, the last photo shows some bath water heaters dating back to 1870; that’s before indoor plumbing.

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