Nobody likes waiting for hot water, Not only is it an inconvenience, it’s a waste of perfectly good water. Luckily, hot-water recirculation systems can provide a solution. Hot-water recirculation systems require the installation of a recirculation pump on the return line between your furthest fixture and your water heater. When activated, this pump sends water back through your plumbing to the hot-water heater. The result is hot water when you need it most. While variances may occur from system to system, these are the basic features and functions of a hot water recirculation system: Recirculation pump – keeps water flowing through water heater Thermostat – ensures that water temperatures are where you need them to be Timer – activates thermostat at pre-determined intervals Programmable timer – gives homeowners the flexibility of determining when thermostat will be activated, helping to ensure hot water at peak usage times Isolation valve – allows pump to be isolated from plumbing when it needs to be cleaned Check valve – prevents potential water contamination that could come with harmful backflow If you’re worried about the energy implications of such a system, efficiency can be improved through the use of: Ample insulation along all supply and return lines Newer energy efficient pumps A thermostat to detect when necessary level of heat has been obtained If you’re tired of waiting on hot water to leisurely make its way through your plumbing, it may be time to consider a hot-water recirculation system. For more information, contact us today at Pipe Works Services for expert consultation. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.