There are several widely accepted applications that utilize the qualities of copper tube and fittings to maximize performance, cost and ease of installation. A selected listing of these applications with brief descriptions and links to further information are listed below:
Domestic Water Service and Distribution
Copper piping systems deliver clean, safe deomestic water, both hot and cold for drinking and other potable an non-potable uses so we can hydrate after a run; wash our clothes and hair, even our car, cook our meals; water our plants; make our coffee; and even flush our toilets. Water is essential to our very being and everyday lives, and copper is essential in delivering that water safely, reliably and cost effectively for years and years.
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Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Copper piping systems are essential in making our built environment comfortable, safe and productive. Its high strength, excellent thermal performance (8 times better than aluminum), superior corrosion resistance adn unmatched formability make it the ideal material for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. Copper helps keep us warm in the winter, cool in the summer, keeps our food fresh and safe, and our computers and equipment from overheating year round. Copper: light, strong, corrosion-resistanct systems. Its long lasting and maintenance free characteristics make copper the leading choice for plumbing, heating, cooling and other mechanical systems.
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Medical Gas and Vacuum
When we're not feeling our best, or life hangs in the balance, copper piping deliver necessary medical gases to aid in our treatment and recovery. Be it oxygen, medical air, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide or other gases, clean, strong, impermeable brazed copper piping systems ensure that necessary medical gases remain pure when we visit the doctor, dentist or hospital. And copper prevents the buildup of microbial growth in gas systems, so medical gases remain pure as they travel through the system.
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Copper piping systems keep us safe from harm when seconds matter. Copper is reliable and long-lasting, so we can count on it delivering necessary water to control a fire when it is needed, even when not used for years. Copper piping systems will not burn or support combustion, decompose to toxic gases or carry fire through floors, walls and ceilings in a fire situation, so it will continue to deliver water to aid in keeping you and first resonders safe. And, copper systems do not rust or impart color to the water so copper fire sprinkler systems are trusted to keep prized buildings and contents safe from fire without water staining should the system activate.
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Fuel Gas (Natural Gas and L.P. Gas) Distribution
Strong, flexible, small diameter copper tube and fittings are a cost-effective solution to deliver natural and L.P gas in both residential and non-residential buildings. From single-family homes to multi-story, multi-family dwellings and commercial properties copper's flexibility, long lengths and larger internal flow area per outside dimension allows the installation of gas distribution systems in areas where piping space is at a premium. Copper tubing is accepted for use in fuel gas distribution systems in all of the major model codes in the United States.
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Copper piping's unmatched reliability, strength, flexibility and corrosion resistance make it ideal for a multitude of piping systems. From Direct Exchange Geothermal Heating/Cooling, Heating, Snow Melting, Solar Thermal, Drain Waste and Vent, and Irrigation and Agricultural Sprinkler systems copper's easy, long-lasting and reliable installation make it the piping material of choice when quality and longevity counts.