Every homeowner gets frustrated waiting for hot water…but how many people stop to think what happens to the 2-3 gallons of water that runs down the drain while waiting for hot water to arrive at the faucet or shower?
Those precious gallons of water are wasted down the drain. An average household can save up to 17,000 gallons of fresh water by simply recirculating it back to the water heater for reheating instead of letting it run down the drain. Think of the water wasted in a 300-home subdivision, a community, a city…millions and millions of gallons of fresh water wasted each year.
In a region where water conservation issues are rising in importance with a rapidly expanding population, and a record economic expansion that has consumers looking for comfort, Hot Water Recirculation systems are a good solution to this problem.
In typical plumbing, water is supplied from the water heater through the pipes to the tap. Once the tap is shut off, the water remaining in the pipes cools. The next time hot water is required; the cooled water must be replaced by fresh hot water in your hot water pipe.
Innovative new technology brings a hot water recirculation system for instant hot water that saves water, saves energy, prevents pipe freezing, is convenient to use and easy to install (not requiring pipe cutting or electrical wiring). This system is typically used on retrofits but may also be installed on new construction. It consists of a temperature controlled thermal convection powered hot water recirculation valve installed under the plumbing fixture farthest from the water heater. The system contains a sensor, which opens the valve only when the water temperature drops below the adjustable temperature setting.