The Purposes of a Recirculation Pump
What is the Purpose of a Recirculation Pump?
If you are looking at making some changes to your hot water heater, you might want to consider a recirculation pump.
A recirculation pump is something that continuously takes the water and runs i.e. through hot water pipes and back to the water heater, usually through a dedicated line (although it can travel through the cold water line).
This way, you have instant hot water, without needing to upgrade to a tankless hot water heater, and it also cuts down on the amount of water you use. As you do not need to let the water run or other instances of waiting for the desired temperature.
As the water is always running to maintain the temperature, it does allow you to down size the water heater to a smaller one, as long as you do not live in a large household.
If your house is required to perform four or five showers a day around the same time, a smaller heater, even with the recirculating pump, is not going to be able to hold up this amount of water. You can do so with a smaller house though. However, you need to determine whether or not you can actually save money with the pump or not.
Can I Down Size My Water Heater to a Smaller One for My Property?
For starters, you need to determine if the cost of continually running the water is going to cost you more than the amount of water you save. So, there are a few different elements you need to consider.
First, the pump is going to cost around $200 to purchase and have installed. From there, it is going to cost anywhere from $5 to $32 to operate, depending on the size of your house and the amount of piping the water runs through.
It is going to cut down anywhere from $4 to $50 from your water bill, although, depending on your energy bill requirements, it is going to increase your bill anywhere from $160 to $400.
Due to this, it is going to often cost more to run. Again, there are different variables at play here, so you might save money, but you are doing this more for convenience than to actually save money.
If you would like to save money and improve your water temperature, you can always just insulate your pipes, or eventually go tankless, which does cost more up front, but cuts your energy usage and the amount of water you use.
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