Plumbing and Heating - Still Use Copper Over Other Metals

By Tal Potishman

Industrial professionals, plumbers and most other machinist professionals in the United Kingdom list copper as the metal of choice for most fabrications. Historians can date the use of copper as far back as ten millennia and believe that only gold and iron were used before copper was discovered. The natural colour of Copper is red, though over time its colour can shift into green.

Professionals in the plumbing and heating industries have been using copper for their pipes and for a number of the electrical devices that help operate the heating and plumbing systems the professionals create. While copper has been used commonly for almost a century, copper miners have recently begun raising the price of the metal out of fear that the world's available copper supply will not meet the demand.

In the United Kingdom, copper tubing has proved to be the most reliable piping for water distribution and natural gas distribution. Copper is considered to be the "quality standard" in the heating and plumbing industries and its use is accepted in all areas of construction and building. In addition to its strength and durability, copper is thought to stifle bacterial growth and help contribute to the healthfulness of larger organisms that make use of the metal in their homes and offices.

In the United Kingdom's domestic plumbing industry, copper has been determined to be the most useful material. It does not deteriorate and it can resist corrosion all while carrying water as well as natural gas. Industry professionals have so much confidence in copper that clients who use it in their homes and offices are given a fifty year warranty on the devices that make use of the metal.

In the UK, heating industry professionals have agreed that radiant heating systems are the best household heating systems that one can install in a house. Copper is the best material this underfloor heating. Copper pipes do not pose any risk of leakage or endangering the structural integrity of a home. UK homeowners have begun installing underfloor heating because it is the most efficient method of heating one's house and it is the most cost effective.

Copper has also proved very useful in cooling systems because it can distribute cool air as easily as it can warm air. Manufacturers have begun using copper in cooling units with massive success. Copper works to increase the lifetime of the machines as well as their effectiveness.

In addition to its heating and cooling properties and its structural integrity, copper is also known for being environmentally friendly. This metal does not go bad and can be recycled indefinitely. It is a natural germ fighter and is often used for doorknobs and surfaces in hospitals. Copper also helps the human body produce haemoglobin and fights against coronary heart disease and high cholesterol levels.

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