Long waits for hot water are more than just irritating – they cost money and waste water and energy. The average family can easily run 17,000 gallons or more down the drain every year. There’s a simple and inexpensive way to solve this problem in your existing home or avoid it in your new home: an instant hot water system.
Economical, easy-to-install hot water recirculation valves from the Hot Water Lobster instant Hot Water Valve incorporate new-patented technology into this conservation device — you’ll never wait for hot water again!
These ingenious little devices provide:
- the convenience of nearly instant hot water throughout the house
- substantial water and energy savings year over year
- easy installation to existing plumbing systems
- silent, maintenance-free operation, and
- and prevent pipe freezing
The problem of course is that water heated by your water heater sits in the line between the heater and the tap(s) where it cools off. Let’s call this “previously hot” water. When you turn on the tap you need to flush out this previously hot water to get to the fresh hot water. With low-flow faucets and long plumbing runs, this can take a long time – and waste a lot of water. And it can cause problems for your appliances too – forcing washers and dishwashers to use more time and energy heating their own water (or worse, run with water not hot enough to clean). An instant hot water system – or hot water recirculation system – circulates the previously hot water back into the hot water tank (rather than you running it down the drain) so you have freshly heated water waiting for you when you turn on the faucet – instant hot water. All other instant hot water systems use the similar approach – except, they require a special pump and timer.
Differences between hot water recirculation systems are the methods used to circulate the hot water (pumps or thermal convection) and the method of activation (pushbuttons, timers or temperature control). The Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve uses your existing water pipes and the thermal convection generated by your water heater to circulate the water back to your water heater for reheating (not requiring a pump or any electricity). These systems have a temperature-controlled valve that allows the consumer to easily adjust the temperature control knob to meet their particular needs. There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only re-circulates water when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature. Installation is a simple DIY 15-minute project (not requiring any pipe cutting, soldering or electrical connections).
Once installed, the Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve operates silently, and is dependable and maintenance-free with a 10-year parts and labor warranty.