Pump can save time, money with instant hot water

Tired of waiting for the water in the bathroom to get hot? We’ve all learned to adapt to this problem by finding other things to do while we waste water and time waiting for our tepid friend to begin pouring from the faucets.

     An average family wastes 16,000 gallons a year waiting for the water to get hot. If you have city water, imagine the cost. If you have a septic field, imagine the waste and the maintenance cost. Finally, there’s a solution that saves both time and money.

     A water recirculating pump, or what I call an “instant hot water system,” can get piping hot water coming from your faucets in an average of three to four seconds.

     With most systems, when you turn on the faucet, you have to wait for hot water to travel from the water heater to the sink or tub before the water actually gets hot. In some cases, this can be two minutes or more of running the water for the fun of it. When you aren’t using the hot water, the water in the lines cools off, and you have to wait for the hot water to travel from the water heater again.

     With a water recirculating pump, the water keeps moving on a continual basis, therefore, the water doesn’t “cool off” in the lines so that you have to wait for it to travel to your faucet again. It’s ready when you are.

     It also incorporates a simple electrical timer, so it shuts the pump off when you are sleeping and don’t necessarily need hot water instantly.

     Save time, save money, get hot water now — when you need it.

      Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a WJBK-TV Fox2 Detroit news contributor and president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.