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Who wants to take a cold shower? Including a water recirculating pump in the plumbing budget for a new home or remodel is the answer.

What is a Water Recirculating Pump?

Hot water will come to each faucet or shower on demand instead of waiting for it. If the water heater is on the far side of the house, the wait can be long, wasting gallons of cold water while the faucet or shower is running.

With a water recirculating pump added to the water heater, hot water is drawn to the faucet through your plumbing. A hot water recirculating pump that is installed on the water heater will return unused hot water back to the water heater. It is designed to provide hot water on demand. It is energy efficient and saves water.

An additional pipe that is designated for hot water is installed in the home’s plumbing. This system creates a loop from the water heater to the faucet and back again. The unused hot water is drawn back through this loop by the pump, so when you turn on your hot water faucets, you get hot water quickly. Water in the pipes won’t get cold and you waste less water because you don’t have to wait. And the pipes are well insulated to keep the water hot.

Many pumps are designed with sensors and timers. The sensor shuts the pump off once hot water has made a complete loop. A timer allows control when the pump is active. It can be set to shut off automatically at night or while homeowners are away. A water recirculation pump can be installed in an existing home. If it is one story the pipes can be run through the attic or crawl space. A two-story home may take some creativity to run the pipes upstairs unless a remodel is planned.

Energy Trust encourages the “On Demand Hot Water Heater” which is a small tank installed near bathrooms or kitchen and when the faucet is turned on it heats the water as it is pushed through the pipe. This saves paying for the energy for keeping the water in the large water heater hot. On Demand Hot Water Heaters can be quite expensive unless a person lives in their home long enough to see the cost savings on their utility bills.

What’s the Bottom Line?

A water recirculating pump will end the wait for hot water. Whatever the size of the home, time, money, and water can be saved. Contact D.E. Rink Construction to see if a water recirculating pump is a good solution for you and your family. We are happy to help.