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- By James Wisler
- Residential Plumbing
Reclaim those lost minutes by speeding up how fast you hot water gets to your faucet.
There’s nothing worse than getting ready to take a bath at the end of a long day and having to wait what seems like an eternity for hot water to come out of the faucet. If that’s a familiar situation in your home, you don’t have to put up with it. Not only are there some straightforward solutions to this problem, but leaving it unfixed can lead to unforeseen consequences as well.
One of the main reasons hot water takes a long time to reach the faucet is simply due to the distance between the water heater and the fixture. The further away a fixture is from the water heater, the longer it takes for the hot water to travel to it. To make matters even worse, low volume restrictors are often installed on faucets. While they help to conserve water, they also cause it to take even longer for warm water to reach the fixture.
The simplest and most effective solution to this problem is a hot water recirculation system. They work by recirculating unused water already in the system back into the water heater. They also keep hot water available at certain points of the home so it is available much sooner. Hot water recirculation systems actually become a lifestyle change by making water consumption more convenient and comfortable.
As an added benefit, hot water recirculation systems have a positive impact on your wallet. Many homeowners without hot water recirculation systems don’t realize the amount of water that is actually wasted while waiting for the water to warm up. Since municipal water systems charge by the gallon, this quickly adds up to a hefty bill. Over the period of a year, all those gallons of water end up turning in to money that goes right down the drain.
Additionally, the water heater has to work extra hard to heat up cold water that enters the system. Water recirculation systems prevent this from occurring because warm water is being sent back into the water heater. The end result of a water recirculation system is greater energy efficiency, lower bills, and increased water conservation.
When new homes are constructed, a pipe can be installed that runs all the way to the furthest fixture in the home and recirculates the water in a loop.
In existing homes, however, it wouldn’t be practical to install this pipe. Instead, there is a system with a small pump at the water heater and a sink-like device at the furthest fixture in the home. The home’s existing piping is used to create a hot water recirculation system. It’s a practical solution to retrofit these systems into existing homes so you can take advantage of all the benefits of hot water recirculation.
Hot water recirculation systems not only conserve water, but also save money in the long run.
Interested in the finer details hot water recirculation systems? Contact us and we’ll take how ever long you need to decide if it’s right for you.