Recirculating pumps are plumbing installations that are designed to constantly circulate water through your home's water heater. This ensures that there is always a small amount of hot water in your plumbing system, ensuring fast access to hot water. The unique function of a recirculating pump carries with it a distinctive set of advantages. Understanding what a recirculating pump has to offer your home can help you decide if it is a worthwhile investment.
Recirculating pumps push water constantly back into the water heater to be continuously reheated and moved through your pipes. This means that there is always hot water available for use, eliminating the wait for hot water that most water heaters suffer from. This can be a huge convenience, especially when you wake up late for work.
The fact that there is always hot water available in your pipes means that you do not need to run the shower or tap for a few minutes before hot water comes out. This reduces your overall water usage, which can save you money in the long run and help pay for the initial cost of the recirculating pump through reduced water bills. Additionally, using less water helps reduce your home's environmental impact, and increases the sustainability of your lifestyle.
Ease of Installation
Recirculating pumps are extremely easy to install, and can be retrofitted onto any water heater or plumbing system. Those with a fair bit of plumbing knowledge should be able to install a unit themselves, but it is still encouraged to contact a professional plumber (such as one from Brown Drain Service-The Original) to install the pump on your unit to prevent any complications. The fact that the installation process is a fairly simple one means that you will still save money and time on professional installation when compared to other plumbing installations that are designed to increase the efficiency of your plumbing system, such as tankless water heaters.
The fact that water is constantly flowing through your plumbing system and being consistently heated as it cools off helps reduce the likelihood of the water freezing and causing your pipes to burst when the temperature drops below freezing. This helps reduce the likelihood of costly plumbing repairs and water damage to your home and also eliminates the need for plumbing insulation, which also reduces the likelihood of your pipes freezing, but is much more difficult and expensive to install in an already existing plumbing system.