How To Get Instant Hot Water With a Traditional Water Heater
Think about your daily routines. You turn on the shower, then go about your business for a minute or two while the water warms to the touch. If you want hot water to do the dishes, you turn the water on for a bit and let it run.
That water usage adds up over time. According to the Department of Energy, up to 17 percent of the average shower is wasted by simply heating the water.
There’s got to be a better way.
Using a hot water recirculation pump can give you instant hot water any time you choose. It’s a great way to save energy and water too.
With tank water heaters, hot water originates in the tank and is sent through the pipes when you turn the faucet on. When you turn the water off, the hot water sits in the pipe waiting to be used again. It cools off as it waits. This cooled water has to move through the system before the hot water reaches your faucet. This can be a lot of volume, depending on the size of your home and structure of your plumbing system.
A hot water recirculation pump is a device that draws hot water out of your tank and replaces the cooled water sitting in your pipes with the hot water. It works by sending by sending the cooled water back into the system via the cold water line where it is heated back up.
That means instead of allowing the cooled water to run down the drain, you’re sending it back into the tank to be heated and used again. The result is hot water when you want it, and less energy and water waste in the end.
Of course, that does mean you’ll have to change your routines. No more brushing your teeth while you wait for the shower to warm.
Imagine how nice it will be to have instant hot water any time you choose. Does that sound good to you? Install a recirculation pump today.