Save Water and Energy with a Hot Water Recirculating System

Do you need to run your hot water for your shower a few minutes before it you finally can enjoy a hot shower? If you have a larger home, the pipes coming from your water heater can be long, filled with cold water. All that water is wasted when it goes down the drain. A solution to save on water waste and help lower energy costs is a hot water recirculating system that can be added to your existing plumbing system.

How Do Recirculating Systems Work?

There are a few different types of hot water recirculating systems. There are pumps that can be installed under sinks or over water heaters that deliver instant hot water to selected fixtures. A cross-over valve at the point of the fixture can be also used to deliver the hot water. The benefit is quick access to hot water when you need it, without wasting cold water in the hot water lines. The water in the lines is recirculated by the pump, keeping it in your plumbing instead of going down the drain.

There are on-demand, instant and traditional hot water recirculating systems. All offer quicker hot water without wasting the water in the lines. This can save thousands of gallons of water every year and help reduce energy costs. For those who want to save money off their utility bills or just care about limiting water waste, these devices can be an excellent addition to their plumbing system.

If you are interested in learning more about hot water recirculating system options, contact your local plumber. They can discuss the different options available and find the best solution for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471

4 Reasons to Make Your Next Water Heater Tankless

How old is your current water heater? If it is over eight years old, the time is approaching when you will need to replace that old tank water heater. But instead of buying another large tank to put in a closet, basement or bathroom, why not upgrade to a tankless water heater? Here are four excellent reasons to ditch the tank when it comes time to buy your new water heater.

  1. Save room. No tank means a smaller water heater that takes up much less space. In fact, many tankless water heaters can be installed outside, keeping it out of your home altogether.
  2. Save energy. The genius behind tankless water heaters is that they only heat the water when you need it, versus keeping a full tank of water heated 24/7. This can save up to 50% off the energy you spend to heat your water.
  3. Never run out of water. Have you ever been the last one in line at your house to take a shower? Running out of hot water will never happen when you have a tankless water heater since the water is heated as needed.
  4. No water mess. There is always a chance a tank water heater will burst, flooding your home with hundreds of gallons of water. With a tankless water heater, there is never a risk of the tank leaking.

When it comes time to replace your old water heater, talk to your local plumber about installing a new tankless water heater. It is a great investment to reduce energy costs while getting the convenience of a low space appliance with never-ending hot water.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283

Endless Hot Water

With fall here, and winter around the corner, you want plenty of hot water for those early morning showers or late night baths.  The colder it is, the harder it is to handle cold water and there is nothing worse than having a shower turn cold on you on a cold day outside.

The best solution to this problem is having endless hot water, but how can you do this without spending a fortune?  The answer really is quite simple:  the best bet is an endless (also called an ‘on demand’ or ‘tankless’) hot water system.  Endless hot water systems actually save energy and water by providing on demand hot water when needed.

Endless hot water systems generally provide hot water around 5 gallons per minute.  Gas fired tankless heaters tend to produce slightly higher amounts, and electric tankless heaters slightly lower amounts.  When you are shopping for your tankless system, consider the number of outlets (sinks, showers, tubs, washers and dishwashers) that may require hot water.  Then, seriously consider what the usage is.  How often are more than one item used at the same time?  Make sure to purchase the tankless system that is sized realistically for your home.

As the temperatures cooler, investing in a tankless water heater may be a great choice for you and your family.  Having plenty of hot water for everyone at home will always bring a smile to faces.  The energy savings from a tankless heater will bring a smile to your face, too.  On the average, tankless water heaters are 20% more energy efficient than traditional water heaters.  This helps lower your energy costs and allows you to be more energy friendly while still enjoying your hot showers!