Options for instant hot water

Are you tired of waiting for hot water? You know the scenario:
You turn on the water for a bath or shower and come back five
minutes later when it is warm. This short amount of time may not
seem like much, but it adds up quickly
– especially if there are several people in your family who do
the same thing.
Are you tired of waiting for hot water? You know the scenario: You turn on the water for a bath or shower and come back five minutes later when it is warm. This short amount of time may not seem like much, but it adds up quickly – especially if there are several people in your family who do the same thing.

If you are not interested in installing a new pipe recirculation system, you may want to consider a cheaper and easier route.

There are several options available. Devices can be added to the water heater or installed on an individual faucet. The cost ranges from about $100 to $400 or more, depending on the make and model.

Companies such as Ready Temp (www.readytemp.com) offer systems that instantly warm the water throughout the house. The system is installed at the faucet in the home that is farthest from the water heater. Inside of the system, there is a pump with a manifold that has a temperature sensor imbedded into it.

When the water in the hot-water line cools, the pump turns on and pumps the cooled water out of the hot-water pipes and into the cold-water pipes, where it is sent back to the water heater. The system is $354, and the company claims it can be installed in less than five minutes.

Next week, we’ll look at some more options and provide some installation tips for instant hot-water devices.

Do you have a home improvement question or suggestion for something that has worked for you? If so, we’d love to hear it. The home improvement tip runs on Wednesdays. Send your questions and comments to [email protected] or call (408) 842-6400 and ask for Nathan Mixter.

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