Why do we use copper in our geysers and solar collectors?
The answer is quite simple.
Copper is good for you.
Copper is a essential nutrient to life. in fact, for a variety of boichemical processes and critical enzymes in the human body to function properly, copper must be part of our daily diet. Too little copper in the body can actually lead to disease. In addition, copper is involved in the functioning of the nervous system, in maintaining the balance of other usefull metals in the body such as zinc and molybdenum.
Copper is a natural ingredient in many foods. Copper is typically present in mineral rich foods like vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, fruits, and yes, even chocolate!
For the better part of a century, communities have had practical experience in keeping drinking water clean, and in using copper plumbing as the preferred method for carrying drinking water. Conclusive scientific studies allow us to say that copper plumbing keeps drinking water clean by keeping down micobial growth, and reduces the need for overly aggressive water treatment to keep the water clean.
Copper plumbing tube leaches a small amount of copper in the first year or two of delivering tap water in residences and public buildings. Afterward, the inner surface of the tube forms a hard surface that retards leaching, unless certain chemical characteristics of water in the tubes exceed acceptable limits used by regulators responsible for protecting the drinking water supply.
Copper is an essential nutrient required by the body in daily dietary amounts of 1 to 2 milligrams for adults (1/2 to 1 milligram for children).This can be obtained by eating normal amounts of the copper-rich foods indicated earlier.
Copper water tube actually helps to keep water clean. Copper water tube releases copper to drinking water in small amounts when the tube is new or when the water in the tube has certain chemical characteristics.For the general pulation, copper is not toxic during the normal course of daily life. However, certain individuals with rare genetic diseases need to be vigilant about monitoring the levels of copper in their bodies and managing it in consultation with their physicians.
Physical Properties of Copper:
- Malleable and Ductile
- Excellent Electrical Conductor
- Excellent Alloying Characteristics
- Essential Nutrient to Life
- Resistant to Corrosion
- Excellent Heat Transfer Characteristics