Continuous Hot Water
Traditional tank water heaters keep the water hot and ready on demand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That is great for a few warm showers, but when the tank of hot water runs out, showers are no longer pleasant and laundry or dishes must be washed in cold water until the tank refills and is thoroughly reheated. Since that new tank of hot water may not be needed immediately, it could sit in the water heater for hours until demanded, which requires energy to keep it hot, even if it isn’t going to be used.
Water heaters are becoming more efficient all the time, and devices can be added to home plumbing systems to keep hot water ready in the line instead of letting the water run for a few minutes until hot water reaches the shower or faucet. AutoCirc recirculates the water that sits in the line to keep it warm and prevent you having to run the shower or tap, wasting several gallons of water until the hot water is drawn from the water heater. If you have a gas fueled water heater, consider a tankless or hybrid water heater. The EPA estimates the average family will save $100 per year on utilities due to the increased energy efficiency.
No Hot Water?
If you are getting no hot water in your home, it may be time for a water heater replacement. You can go with a traditional water heater such as A.O. Smith, State and Bradford White, or a tankless water heater by manufacturers such as Navien and Rinnai.
Contact Robinson’s Plumbing Service for answers to your water heater questions. Our plumbing technicians will evaluate your needs and budget and make a recommendation that work for both, and will help with your home’s energy saving.