Pressure-Assisted Toilets

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To understand the pressure-assisted toilet, you must first be aware of the fact that the toilets you mostly see on a daily basis are known as gravity-assisted toilets.  Gravity-assisted toilets are your standard home toilets.  They operate via a handle which triggers a valve inside the tank to open and suction the water down from the tank, through the toilet bowl, and into the pipes below.  On the other hand, pressure-assisted toilets are a newer technology. They consist of a sealed cylindrical tank inside of a larger ceramic tank. When these toilets are flushed, water displaces air inside the sealed tank, which generates a much more forceful flush than can be produced by gravity alone.  Below are some reasons you may want to consider purchasing pressure-assisted toilets for your home: [Read more…]

New Water Heater Regulations in 2015

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photo courtesy of phccweb.org

In 1987, the United States Congress approved the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA).  This act regulated the energy consumption of household appliances by establishing minimum energy efficiency standards.  As technology has evolved, Congress has made changes to these standards twice, in 1992 and 2005.  Among other things, these amendments set up a schedule for the United States Department of Energy to review the efficiency standards for a variety of household appliances.  We will soon see the results of this review as it applies to hot water heaters. [Read more…]