As a homeowner, there’s a good chance that you’re wasting energy somewhere in your household. What you might not realize is that the very use of your water heater contributes to energy loss each time it’s used and probably not in a way you’ve ever considered. Let’s take a look at this phenomenon and how you can rectify the situation.
The Wasting of Energy
Whenever you need to heat water via your water heater, you’re using energy. That much is certain. The natural order of things from the time you turn a faucet or take a shower is that you use the hot water and it goes right down the drain. For most, that’s simply the circle of life, so to speak. Unfortunately, the hot water that goes down the drain represents a loss of between 80 and 90 percent of the energy used to heat the water. Many people have no idea that there’s actually a way to recapture that energy by utilizing a drain water heat exchanger, which can save energy and money every month.
How Heat Recovery Works
Although installation must be done by a trained HVAC technician, a drain water heat recovery system isn’t too complicated. It captures the heat from the water going down the drain before it has a chance to escape. This captured heat is then stored for later use.
What you’ll need to make this possible is a unit capable of storing the heat so that it can utilize the energy contained within for use with either a clothes washer or dishwasher. Storage units used for this purpose have a tank that contain a reservoir of clean water. However, there are also non-storage units that exist which use a copper heat exchanger. With this type, cold water that will go to a faucet or shower is preheated. These processes work together to both save and regain energy, thereby lowering your energy usage each month.
For more expert advice on your water heater, contact the professionals atVictory • Heating • Air Conditioning • Plumbing. We’ve been serving the needs of Middlesex and Norfolk counties since 1992.
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