For most homeowners hot water needs is a fleeting thought in an overwhelming series of multiple thoughts throughout our day. We think about it briefly when we wait for the shower to get warm, do some dishes, wash our hands, or even do a load of laundry. Perhaps we even ponder it when we pay our water/sewer bills. Finally, house guests can be that tipping point when we decide it may be time for a more efficient or larger hot water heater. But wait. There are many less expensive and more environmentally friendly options in today’s residential plumbing world.
Water heaters have come a long way in increasing their efficiency. In conjunction with this, recirculation pumps for hot water have managed to reduce power usage to the size of a small light bulb. With the help of systems that only operate when you call for them, and timers that learn your hot water useage, recirculation systems are more efficient than ever before. Gone are the days of taxing water heaters unnecessarily and wasting water. New recirculation units have zero waste because water that is not being used immediately is sent back to the water heater via cold water and dedicated return lines-saving an average of 12,000 gallons of water a year for the family of four! Water and energy conservation continue to be crucial to the sustainability of our resources and customers are often demanding such options.
Comfort, along with conservation, is another significant advantage to the newest recirculation systems. Multiple valve options make it automatic for our system to direct the water to the right places depending on the temperature and immediacy of our needs. We tell it when to heat and how long we need it for. With these efficient units, wait time is cut by minutes when waiting for hot water. New updates in mixing valves help both residential and commercial customers mix hot and cold water more efficiently, requiring smaller amounts of hot water while still getting the same amount of water needs fulfilled.
Consumers have considered these issues, but it is our responsibility to show them the many advantages of installing, or even updating, domestic hot water recirculation systems. Whether they are interested in water savings, energy consumption, being more “green“, or just want themselves and their guests to be comfortable, there are many options to choose from. Most of our systems can be installed in existing homes with very little or no disturbance. Our professional expertise helps ensure that the correct systems are selected and installed providing maximum efficiency. Please call us so we can answer any questions you may have regarding the newest options in the ever-growing segment of domestic hot water recirculation.