It doesn’t get cold in the Phoenix area too often, but when it does, most of us don’t tolerate it well. On those chilly mornings, we want hot coffee and a hot shower—pronto!
There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting several minutes for the shower to get hot.
Luckily, there’s something that can solve the cold-water issue: a recirculation pump.
What Is a Recirculation Pump?
A recirculation pump is an easily installed device that fits at the point of water distribution to provide instant hot water.
The pump does this by slowly pumping hot water through the pipes and back to the water heater, either through a dedicated line or the cold water line. Depending on the option you choose, the pump can run continuously or just when you turn it on and need the hot water.
Benefits of a Recirculation Pump
The most obvious benefit of using a recirculation pump is that you don’t have to wait for hot water to make its way to the fixture. By not running gallons and gallons of water down the drain waiting for the water to heat you will save money on your water bill.
Make Your Recirculation Pump Work Smarter
Be wary of using too much energy in your attempt to keep the water hot. Thankfully, there are a few ways to improve the efficiency of your recirculation pump.
Put the pump on a timer.
There are certain times of the day when you’re more likely to want hot water. Such when you’re getting ready for work and school. You can schedule the pump to only work when it’s needed, thereby reducing excess energy needs
Try a hot water demand pump.
A hot water demand pump might be your best choice to meet your desire for instant hot water while helping to maintain energy use. In this scenario, the water pump only comes on when you trigger it, usually by a button or motion sensor.
Then the pump turns on when triggered and off automatically when hot water reaches the fixture. The only energy you spend is on the heating of the water, which by some estimates is $1 a year in extra electricity.
Should You Get a Recirculation Pump?
There are two excellent reasons to invest in a recirculation pump: if you have a large home or a tankless water heater. In a large home, water needs to travel a longer distance to get from the water heater to the fixture you’re using, so that can take some time.
With a tankless water heater does not store hot water. The water heats when needed, adding time for the temperature to be just how you like it.
If you are in the market for a recirculation pump, talk to the experts at Forrest Anderson. We will discuss your options and install the best pump for you.
After all, why suffer through a cold shower if you don’t need to?