Entries by Evansville Winsupply

Unique Home Needs No Heating or Cooling

The House on the Cliff by GilBartolome Architects, in Granada, Spain is buried into the side of a cliff. It has a concrete roof that is 16 inches thick that “allows for a magnificent mix of insulation and thermal inertia.” It maintains an interior temperature of 19.5°C [67°F] year round without additional heating or cooling. […]

A Consumers Guide to Home Energy Upgrades

Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes? The US Department of Energy provides “Energy Saver” tips and advice on ways consumers can reduce your heating and cooling costs and it all starts […]

Celebrity Plumbers: Famous People That Were Plumbers

Ozzy Osbourne The famous, and some would say infamous, heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber’s apprentice and on his way to becoming a plumber himself before turning his attention to Rock & Roll. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle Before becoming a comedic legend, Fatty Arbuckle worked odd jobs and was discovered by film producer Mack […]

A Brief History of Air Conditioning

1758 All liquid evaporation has a cooling effect. Benjamin “I invented everything” Franklin and Cambridge University professor John Hadley discover that evaporation of alcohol and other volatile liquids, which evaporate faster than water, can cool down an object enough to freeze water. 1820 Inventor Michael Faraday makes the same discovery in England when he compresses […]

Plumbing Achievements: Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. For New York City, it’s the Statue of Liberty. Chicago? It’s got Buckingham Fountain, an icon that mingles water, multi-colored lights, and granite, as well as bronze and pink georgia marble. Not to mention a jet that sprays water to seemingly impossible heights. The fountain’s wow factor has […]

History of Space Heating

Early space heating seems to have developed along several lines that included hearths and fireplaces, stoves, and underfloor systems. Fixed central hearths date as far back as 2500 B.C. They were excavated in Greece. Crude fireplace heating was used as early as the 800s A.D., and was widespread in Europe by the 13th century. Castles […]

Top 5 Most Common Residential Plumbing Emergencies

Clogged drains, damaged pipes, and gas leaks are the most common residential emergency plumbing situations that people summon their plumber for. The irony is that such plumbing emergencies can be prevented by us from the start. Indeed emergency plumbers report that plumbing negligence is the number one cause for stubborn obstructions in drains and defective […]