Instant Hot Water Solutions For Your Home
The traditional tank-style hot water heater has one major failing point when it comes to water conservation – you have to run the tap for at least a few seconds, if not for several minutes, before you actually get hot water. This often results in wasted water down the drain. Fortunately, there are a few options available that fix this problem, and not all of them require a new hot water heater.
The on-demand, or tankless, hot water heater makes the old tank-style heater obsolete. These units are relatively small, as well, so they also free up space in your home. They are usually installed near where they are used so you may need multiple units, although whole house versions are available. They work by by routing the cold water supply line through a heating element before it reaches your tap. This differs from tank-style heaters, which use a separate supply line that holds water in it between uses. The water held in the line cools, which means it takes some time for the held cold water to run out and the fresh supply of hot water to reach the tap. On-demand heaters are an excellent choice is you are in the market for a new hot water heater and you want to switch over to instant hot water throughout the house.
An in-sink heater is essentially a miniature version of an in-demand heater. These are often installed underneath the kitchen sink and they may even be provided with their own separate tap. They provide instant hot water for making tea, cooking, or any other hot water needs you may have in the kitchen. Often the temperature is constant so you have no control over it at the tap. There are also versions that can be installed in a shower. These do usually afford temperature control.
A recirculating pump is an ingenious invention that allows you to get instant hot water from a traditional tank water heater. These are the perfect solution if you don't want to upgrade your hot water heater yet. These work by using a recirculation valve system and a pump. For example, the Grundfos recirculating system has a diverter valve that sends water back down the cold supply line and into the tank, with the help of a pump. Then, the hot water that was preheated in the tank takes the place of the cold water in the line so it comes out first. Thus, no need to run the water until the cold has finished passing through the line.
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