Hot Water Recirculation System Services in Houston
Waiting for Hot Water Is So Last Century!
Having the option of taking a hot shower without waiting several minutes for the water to heat up saves time, saves water, saves energy, and saves money. The average home stands to waste anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 gallons of water every year in the time spent waiting for hot water to arrive at the tap. How many times a day do you, or someone in your family, wait several minutes for the water to warm up to a comfortable temperature? If the answer is more than zero, you’re sure to enjoy the benefits of a new hot water recirculation system from Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning.
Why Can’t I Get Instant Hot Water at My Faucets?
Until recently, the components necessary for hot water recirculation systems were too expensive and too large to fit in a home for residential use. Advances in plumbing technology and the manufacturing of affordable parts have brought this convenience home to the buying public. From tankless water heaters and smart thermostats to developments in water delivery systems made of flexible plastic tubing, the plumbing industry has witnessed many changes in the last two decades.
If you’ve ever stood next to your shower stall or kitchen sink, contemplating exactly why you have to wait so long for hot water, take a seat and read this page. That shower will be ready for you by the time we’re done.
Standard Plumbing Installation is the Problem.
We must wait for hot water due to the design of the standard plumbing installation, which has remained unchanged for decades. Every home has a water supply line entering it from either a city connection or from a private well. Once in the house, this single source is split into two, with one line providing cold water for the home, the other provides the water heater with its necessary supply. These separated lines are run in series, one appliance after the other until the last fixture has been connected, where the line is then capped off.
The problem with these “closed-end” plumbing systems applies exclusively to the hot water path. When a hot water tap is opened, residual cold water is left behind from the last time it was used. That’s because, in a closed-end system, the unused portion of hot water has nowhere to go, and it sits idle, cooling off in the process. For there to be hot water available instantly at every faucet on-demand, the standing water needs somewhere to go and a way to replace it with hot water.
Hot Water Recirculation Can Be the Solution!
By installing a hot water recirculation system, you can ensure that you’ll have instant hot water available at every tap in your home, anytime you want it. Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning will install a “return loop” and recirculation pump at the end of your hot water line furthest from the water heater. Along with the pump, this additional line will route the unused portion of hot water back to the tank. As that cold standing water is sent back to the water heater, it is immediately replaced with fresh hot water.
Reduce Energy and Water Bills Every Month!
As soon as you have your new hot water recirculation system installed, it begins saving you money. By delivering instant hot water to every tap in your home, there’s no more wasting water while waiting for it to heat up. You will immediately reduce the amount of water wasted each year by as much as 20,000 gallons.
Save yourself even more money on reduced gas or electric bills by having a recirculation pump equipped with an electronic timer. Setting the timer will permit you to only allow the recirculation of standing hot water during peak usage times, such as the morning rush or when it’s time to prepare and clean up after meals.
How Much Will a Hot Water Recirculation System Cost?
Hot water recirculation pumps are relatively inexpensive compared to many plumbing system upgrades, with parts totaling between $500 – $1,000. Recirculation systems are much easier to install in new homes or while performing whole-house re-pipes or other major renovations. Older plumbing systems that need to be retrofit to accommodate the new return line’s installation will incur a significantly higher cost as a result.
If you’re tired of the wasted water, wasted time, and most of all, wasted money, give Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Services a call today. Please have one of our licensed, experienced, and background checked plumbing technicians evaluate your current plumbing system and get a cost evaluation or second opinion on a hot water recirculation system for your family.
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