Instant Hot Water

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 05:24.

Instant hot water in your kitchen is an excellent upgrade one can add to their home.
It is becoming more common in today’s kitchens and is a great thing to add to any home
remodel. Having instant hot water allows you to prepare and cook food much faster and
makes kitchen clean ups a breeze.

The hot water is generated from a small electric heater which fits underneath your
kitchen sink. Typical heaters hold about ½ gallon of water and can deliver up to 60 cups of
hot water in an hour. Most units range from 500 to 1500 watts and can heat water to about
190 degrees. Water is supplied to the tank through a small water line that runs from the
sink's main cold water feed line.

The easiest way to install an instant hot water tank is to do it during a kitchen
remodel. The tank does take up space underneath the sink and sometimes existing
plumbing could be in the way. Also, instant hot water systems have their own dispenser,
which means that sinks and countertops must have room to accommodate for the fixture.
However, if you have enough existing space under your sink, retrofit tanks are available.
Most models are in the $150 to $600 price range. More expensive models have extra
features which include filters and water chillers. The heaters themselves use about ½ kWh
of electricity per day which comes out to about 10 cents a day depending on where you live.
Many believe that instant hot water is a practical addition to any kitchen and a great
add on to a remodeling project. Homeowners that have installed instant hot water systems
say that they can’t imagine their home without it. For the price and the cost of owning an
instant hot water heater, it is easy to see why so many people are upgrading their homes
with it today.