The Basic Concept
Every homeowner gets frustrated waiting for hot water — but how many stop to think what happens to the 2-3 gallons of water that runs down the drain during the wait?
Those gallons of water are wasted, and in an average household that takes four showers per day, that can add up to thousands of gallons per year. Multiplied over a subdivision of 300 homes, a community can have millions of gallons of water go down the drain and into the waste water system every single year (see state-by-state water consumption and costs).
In a region where water conservation issues are rising in importance with a rapidly expanding population, and a record economic expansion that has consumers looking for comfort, Hot Water Recirculation (HWR) pumps — such as those manufactured by Grundfos Pumps Corporation — are a good solution to this problem.
In typical plumbing, water is pumped from the water heater through the pipes to the tap. Once the tap is shut off, the water remaining in the pipes cools — hence the familiar wait for hot water the next time the tap is opened.
Grundfos Hot Water Recirculation Systems (HWR) pumps offer a solution to the problem by attaching to the water heater through the hot water pipe. By constantly circulating hot water through the pipes from the heater to the furthest fixture, the water in the pipes is always hot, and no water is wasted during the wait. In an average new home, HWR systems typically cost less than $1,000, including parts and installation.
Grundfos also has a new product they have termed the “Grundfos Comfort System – Hot Water Recirculation System”. This hot water circulation system eliminates cold water runoff at the faucet by using a bypass valve and pump with a timer to control water flow, and no return line is required. This usually installs easily. No electricity is needed under the sink, and it has a built-in timer & line cord. This Comfort System uses less energy than a 25-watt light bulb. An extra bonus to instant hot water is that you can save up to 16,000 gallons of water per year, per household. That’s a massive overall savings annually.
If you think any of these types of products may be something you are interested in, or want to find out more about, please call us right now at (972) 243-8051 and one of our experienced staff members will be happy to answer all your questions. Contact Atlas Plumbing for The Best Service. If you are looking for Plumbers in Dallas, you came to the right place. Let us provide you with more information on all Grundfos products for your next home or business upgrade or remodel.