How to eliminate the wait for hot water
Submitted by Haller Enterprises
Hot water in an instant. It seems simple enough, but how often are you standing at your shower or sink waiting for hot water? Is it 10 seconds, 20 seconds or close to a minute? That's gallons of water wasted daily. How can you help prevent this continuing trend of running water and enjoy hot water instantly?
One way to start enjoying hot water when you need it is to install a comfort hot water recirculation system, such as the one produced by Grundfos. Hot water recirculation means a continuous flow of hot water in the hot water supply line of your home. In a traditional hot water system, water runs from the water heater to each faucet in the home but ends at the farthest faucet, leaving some water in the pipes to cool. Therefore, when you turn on the faucet, the cooled water sitting in the pipes circulates to the faucet first, so you have to wait for hot water.
Waiting for hot water is inconvenient and wasteful. It wastes your time and your water. With a comfort hot water recirculation system, you'll be enjoying hot water right when you need it. The system includes a small, circulating pump that attaches to your hot water heater, a valve at the farthest faucet in your home and your existing water lines. The direction of flow moves from the hot water heater through the recirculation pump, through the hot water supply line and then back to the water heater through the cold water line. This creates a continuous loop of hot water.
To find out if installing a recirculation system is right for your home, complete this simple at-home test. The next time you shower, turn your water all the way to hot and feel the water. Is it cold? Wait a few seconds and feel it again. Still not hot? If you have to wait close to a minute for really hot water, a recirculation pump might just be the answer to your hot water needs.
By installing a recirculation system you will save thousands of gallons of water throughout the course of the year. You'll take comfort in knowing that your hot water is ready when you need it and that you are promoting a greener environment.
Serving the Central Pennsylvania region since 1981, Haller Enterprises provides a full range of plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical and water conditioning services for residential and commercial customers. From a service call for a clogged drain to replacing electric panels or zoning your heating/cooling system, Haller’s highly trained technicians and friendly staff are here to make your life easier. One call handles it all.
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