An average family of four wastes 12,000 gallons of water a year because of the unnecessary wait for hot water to reach showers and faucets. In most cases, homeowners not only pay for water that goes down the drain, but to get rid of it as well. Of course, heating costs also increase. HVAC systems giant Taco has introduced the SmartPlus® circulator for use with domestic water systems that include a dedicated hot water return line. The new circulator combines the reliability of Taco's "00" line with cutting-edge electronics to achieve ultra-efficient domestic hot-water recirculation. Self-programmable Builders and remodelers with a focus on sustainability and "green" will find this technology to be a big asset when making "green" recommendations to homeowners. The technology self-adjusts. When set to "smart" mode, the SmartPlus circulator records each time hot water is called for during a sevenday period and then duplicates the pattern for the following week. This energy-saving process happens continuously, so hot water is ready when it's needed. With SmartPlus, the average household can save up to 12,000 gallons of water in a year. The SmartPlus also can be set to "pulse" mode. It will operate for 150 seconds every 10 minutes, maintaining hot water at all fixtures. Whether in "smart" or "pulse" mode, the circulator automatically will enter "vacation" mode if hot water is not used for 36 hours. In this mode, water will be circulated once a week to prevent corrosion and scale buildup. When hot water is again called for, the unit will go back to normal operation. SmartPlus is available in a range of sizes and system connection options to accommodate residential and light commercial domestic recirculation applications. It comes in bronze or stainless steel, with an optional integral flow check (IFC®). "The SmartPlus circulates water back to the heater so it's always hot and comfortable from the moment it's needed at the tap or shower," says Eric Aune, owner of Zimmerman, Minn.-based Aune Plumbing. "It's a great investment for homeowners, especially in areas where water costs are high or where water conservation needs are greatest. It also makes great sense for installers like me, and the Gcs we work for who want to offer solid, affordable recommendations to homeowners." Comments from homeowners who installed Smart Plus: • “Works great. Hot water always is there when I need it.” – Bruce, Chepachet, R.I. • “I like that it doesn’t have a timer and I don’t need to reset it for ‘daylight savings’ or power outages.” – Paul, Coventry, R.I. "As a global innovations leader in the industry, we're aware of the need to conserve water worldwide," says Doug Bird, Taco product manager, water circulation. "We feel it's our obligation to develop water-conservation technology."
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