How A Hot Water Circulating Pump Can Make You Eco-Friendly
It’s a chilly morning. You get out of bed, eager to jump into a hot shower.
You turn on the faucet and stand there, waiting for the water to turn from ice cold to comfortable before stepping into place. Seconds, even a minute or two go by before you peel back the curtain and step inside. And all the while a precious resource flows down the drain. For a standard shower head, that’s about 2.5 gallons of water every minute.
That can add up to a lot of wasted water over the course of a year.
With a conventional hot water system using a central water heater, any cold water that is standing in the pipes between the water heater and the fixture must be flushed out before hot water reaches you. And if your water heater is in the far corner of your home, with your shower in the opposite corner on the top floor, that can be quite a distance for cold water to settle and have to be moved before hot water will appear.
Which is why a hot water circulating pump can make all the difference.
With a hot water circulating pump, when the system is activated, the pump starts recirculating cooled water that’s been sitting in the hot water line and sends it back into the water heater through the cold water line. When the water reaches the desired temperature, it turns off the pump.
Instead of the cooled water going down the drain, it is sent back into the system and heated before returning to your fixture. That provides you with:
- Instant hot water, without having to leave the water running while waiting for heated water to appear
- Less water waste, as you’ll no longer let water flow down the drain while waiting to heat
- More savings, as you won’t be paying for hundreds of gallons of water simply being released down the drain
Is a hot water circulating pumps perfect for your lifestyle? To determine the right system for your home, give us a call today.