Convenience & Comfort
Home owners today are constantly seeking improvements to their lifestyle. Dishwashers, garbage disposals, microwave ovens, electric garage door openers – all once considered optional home features are now standard. No wait hot water is destined to become another one of these standard features. Here at CVB are making HWR a feature that not only adds value to the home, but delivers the comfort and convenience of instant hot water that should be expected. Imagine turning on a shower and getting hot water immediately. Why wait while cold water is going down the drain?
Savings & Payback
How many stop to think what happens to the 2-3 gallons that run 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 by a subdivision of 300 homes, a community can have millions of gallons of water go down the drain into the sewer system every, single year. Hot water recirculation means hot water in an instant without unnecessary waste. Payback will result from the reduction of water usage, and water waste.
Helping our Environment & Community
Fresh water is a precious natural resource that is slowly being depleted. In many parts of the world, stringent water conservation is already a part of everyday life. Even in the U.S., rising population and arid climates in some Western states have resulted in higher costs and stronger focus on water conservation. Hot water recirculation is a cost-effective method of controlling any additional waste of water.
What is hot water recirculation?
Hot water recirculation is the process of constantly recirculating water in a continuous hot water pipe loop through the water heater so there will be no wait for the water to warm up.
How does the water remain hot in the pipe?
The pumps attach to the water heater and constantly circulate water through the heater into the “hot” pipe loop in the house, so the water in these pipes is always hot.
What is the average cost to install a HWR system?
For the average home, hot water recirculation systems generally cost less than $780.00, including parts and installation.
How much does it cost to operate?
The HWR uses a 2-pole motor for low energy consumption. Energy costs will vary according to local rates. The HWR pump uses between 55 watts on small UP models and up to 85 watts per hour on larger models. The average annual cost to operate the pump will be less than $20 per year.
How does this system ensure water resources are used most efficiently?
The system conserves water by providing hot water immediately – as soon as the hot water tap is turned on – and prevents the unnecessary waste of gallons of cold water down the drain with the ultimate convenience.
How much water will the pump save?
The average household wastes 27 – 105 gallons of water per day waiting for hot water. That adds to more than 12,000 – 38,000 gallons of water saved annually per installation, depending on the size of the water pipe and the frequency of use. There is also an indirect benefit to communities where HWR is in wide use because of reduced wear and tear on municipal waste water treatment facilities.
Can the pump be used with either gas or electric water heaters?
Can the system be installed in any home?
Yes. The HWR can be installed in any home or building, however, the installation is a bit different for new construction versus retrofit.
Are the materials used to make the supply pumps safe – and won’t contaminate the water?
The pumps are made of stainless steel for corrosion resistance – and are thus safe.
How will the pumps be serviced?
No service is required. Should the pump fail while under warranty, it will be replaced.
As demand for hot water and efficient use of water increases, will systems like this become commonplace?
Yes. With water conservation issues increasing in importance, and significant population growth estimated over the next 20 years, water is becoming a precious resource. At some point, it is likely that these types of recirculation systems will be installed in every new home as a standard.
Can this system be used in commercial buildings as well as for housing?
Yes. This system can be used in any type of building.