Some homeowners want a tankless water heater but cannot find it in the budget. However, a hot water recirculating pump is the next best thing. While it will not save space, nor will it last 20 years, as a tankless heater. Although, you will have hot water on demand which is the tankless water heater’s number one benefit. In other words, you won’t be standing around watching your water go down the drain. The pump will save both water and energy.
What Is A Hot Water Recirculating Pump?
A hot water recirculating pump is a device that is installed on your water heater to ensure that hot water is quickly available at the faucets and showerheads. The pump circulates hot water from the water heater through the pipes and back to the water heater rather than allowing the water to cool off in the pipes. This can save energy and water, as well as provide more immediate hot water at the fixtures.
How Fast Does A Recirculating Pump Provide Hot Water?
The speed at which a hot water recirculating pump can send hot water to a shower depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the pump, the distance the water needs to travel to reach the shower, and the flow rate of the shower head. Typically, recirculating pumps have a flow rate of around 1-2 gallons per minute. This can vary depending on the specific pump. Additionally, the flow rate of the shower head can also affect the speed at which hot water reaches the shower. A shower head with a higher flow rate will allow hot water to reach the shower faster than a shower head with a lower flow rate.
Are Recirculating Pumps Recommended For Saving Energy?
Recirculating pumps can save energy by reducing the time it takes for hot water to reach the fixtures in a home. In a traditional plumbing system, the hot water gets sent through pipes to the fixtures. Any remaining water is cooled and sent back to the water heater. This means that the water heater must continually heat the water in the pipes, even when it is not in use.
A recirculating pump installed in the hot water line will keep a small amount of hot water circulating through the pipes at all times so that hot water is always available at the fixtures. This eliminates the need to run the water while waiting for it to heat up. Thus, reduces the amount of energy required to heat the water.
Savings Will Depend On The Home’s Layout
The energy savings from the recirculating pump can vary depending on the home’s layout, the distance between the water heater and the fixtures, and the usage patterns of the occupants. Some homes may see a significant reduction in energy consumption, while others may see only a small reduction.
Additionally, you should note that recirculating pumps consume energy themselves. The net energy savings will depend on the balance between the energy savings from reducing the water heating time versus the energy consumption of the pump.
Are Recirculating Pumps Recommended By The EPA Or Energy Star?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Energy Star do not specifically recommend or endorse using recirculating pumps to save energy. However, they promote using energy-efficient products and practices that can help reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills.
The Energy Star program does have a certification for water heaters that includes a recirculation pump as an option, but it is not a requirement for certification. Likewise, the EPA has a WaterSense program that promotes water-efficient products and practices. Unfortunately, the recirculation pump is not included as a criterion for certification.
Installation And Operation Of The System
Instead, they generally advise on steps that you can take to reduce the amount of hot water used in a home, such as installing low-flow showerheads and faucets, insulating hot water pipes, and fixing leaks.
It’s important to note that recirculation pump systems can save energy. Still, it will also depend on the layout of the home, the distance between the water heater and the fixtures, and the usage patterns of the occupants. It’s recommended to consult a plumber or professional to determine if a recirculation pump system would benefit your home. They will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the installation and operation of the system.
What Is The Estimated Life Expectancy Of A Hot Water Recirculating Pump?
The life expectancy of a hot water recirculating pump can vary depending on the specific pump and the conditions in which it is used. Generally, a properly installed and maintained recirculating pump can last for several years.
A good quality and well-maintained recirculating pump can last between 5-10 years. However, if not maintained properly, it can fail early. Factors such as water quality, frequency of use, and exposure to harsh chemicals can all impact the longevity of a recirculating pump. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating the pump, can help prolong its life of the pump. Using the correct type of pump for your system is also important, as some pumps are better suited for certain applications than others.
Maintain Your Hot Water Recirculating Pump Along With Your Water Heater
It’s recommended to consult the manufacturer’s documentation and follow their recommendations for maintaining the pump. It’s also a good idea to have a licensed plumber inspect the pump periodically to ensure it’s in good working condition. They will let you know of any necessary repairs or replacements that need to be done.
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