TOM: The only thing better than a hot shower on a cold morning is a hot shower you don’t have to wait for. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: Before warm water can make its way to your showerhead that water needs to travel from the hot water heater pushing out all of the cold water that’s been sitting in those pipes in the process.
LESLIE: Now, installing a bigger water heater won’t help your wait since it won’t get the heated water any closer to your faucet or shower.
TOM: A hot water recirculator, on the other hand, can make sure hot water arrives before the cold water does. It delivers hot water to fixtures quickly without having to wait for the water to get hot.
LESLIE: Keeping hot water flowing 24/7 can drive up utility costs, but thermostats or timers can help manage the flow for when water hits a certain temperature or at a certain time of day. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.