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Hot water and fast!
It's one of those desired creature comforts that often have people turn to a point of use tankless water heater under the sink or invest thousand of dollars in a whole house tankless water heater. But those options are out of reach for economic or practical reasons for most people. I mean, there's a seemingly endless economic recession going on!

But here is a way to get hot water to your faucet very quickly and still use that little old water heater you have chugging away in the basement.

How? By using a device called a demand delivery hot water recirculation pump.

Here's the best part. For between $180 to $500 depending on how fancy a unit you want to buy (some have motion sensors built in, simple ones use just a timer), you can attach this unit to your water heating system and have hot water up to 80% faster (that means within seconds in the summer) than you get today from your standard water heating system.

And besides the comfort of hot water faster, you don't waste our precious resource of water! Did you know that the average household wastes between 11,000 to 16,000 gallons of water a year by letting the water run down the drain until it gets hot enough to use? That is a shocking and disturbing statistic.

Well, read How to Get "Instant" Hot Water with a Standard Water Heater and see how easy it is to enjoy hot water faster, while saving money and a precious resource! The solution isn't "instant" but it's very quick, and a great value for the money, especially in retrofit situations found in existing homes.

Comments

January 7, 2013 at 11:05 am
(1) DEB says:

I had a pump like that installed, and sure enough, that gets the hot water to the sink quickly enough. However, now it takes forever to get cold water when I need it.

January 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm
(2) Barfalo says:

You can do this a lot cheaper if you can plumb a 1/2″ water line from you’re farthest (from the hot water heater) fixture back to the water outlet on the bottom of you’re water heater. You’ll need to put a $10 free flow check valve flowing into the heater where you connect at the water heater to prevent backdraw. Convection will circulate the water for free without any further maintainance. The only cost will be the installation of the pipe and the cost of heating the water in the circulating line, so insulate the hot water lines and you”ll probably save money especially considering the amout of wasted water waiting for it to warm up. That amount alone will probably cover the entire cost of the project in a year or less. I installed it in my house and I get scalding hot water within 3 seconds. The higher the elevation change the better it works (i.e. 2 or 3 story elevation difference compared with a ranch style but it still works great in a ranch!)

January 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm
(3) Sara Fellows says:

To baefelo,
Can you post a more detailed discription of how to do this? I have an 80 gal. solar hot water heater.
Thanks! Blessings!

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