How to Get “Instant” Hot Water with a Standard Water Heater.
Typically, when you turn on your hot water faucet, you wait and wait. And then after a couple of minutes hot water finally emerges from your faucet. Meanwhile all that precious water is wasted running down the drain. This process is repeated for countless showers, baths, dishes, laundry and other daily tasks all across the country every day. The average household wastes around 40-50 gallons a day or about 16,000 gallons of water a year!
If only you had a tankless point of use water heater at every faucet that would provide you with almost instant hot water whenever you wanted. But that’s not practical.
Well there’s a way to get the benefits of a instant hot water with a standard water heater…instant hot water out of your faucets for under $200.00. How? By using what’s called an adjustable temperature controlled hot water recirculation valve at the faucet furthest form your water heater. These innovative little devices are a D.I.Y 20-minute project, which allow hot water to be delivered to your faucet without having to wait for the water to run hot, saving water, saving energy and saving time.
The following companies offer water recirculation kits, but not all of them have adjustable thermostatic control: ACT, gothotwater.com; Grundfos Pumps, grundfos.com; Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve, hotwaterlobster.com; Laing Thermotech, instanthotwaterpump.com; and Temtrol Delta T, redytemp.com.