When you are planning on updating your home, plumbing is an area where investments can pay off. First, better plumbing will mean fewer repairs will be needed, and this will help save you money. Second, there are modern plumbing solutions that can help make your home more efficient. The following residential plumbing solutions will give your home a more efficient design.
Laying Out Pipes to Reduce Energy Loss
The biggest cause of energy loss from your plumbing system is long pipes. This causes hot and cold water to need to travel further to get to plumbing fixtures. As water flows through the pipes, energy is lost. Therefore, you will want to plan your plumbing and lay out pipes to ensure they are as short as possible. This will minimalize energy loss as water flows through the pipes.
Updating Plumbing with a Manifold System
Today, plumbing manifolds are a great way to update the plumbing in your home. They can be especially useful if your home has a radiant heating system. These systems deliver water through a manifold, which reduces the problems with energy loss as water travels through individual pipes. This improves the efficiency of your home. These systems are available with plastic pipe systems, which can be an affordable option if you are replacing all the plumbing in your home.
Installing an Energy-Efficient Water Heater
A water heater is an appliance that can use and waste a lot of energy. Therefore, it is also one of the areas where you will want to consider investing in efficiency upgrades. Today, water heaters can have heat pump, tankless or solar designs that help reduce energy consumption. You will want to talk to your plumbing contractor about the best water heater for your home's plumbing needs. If you install a solar water heater, it works best if it provides thermal energy to a more conventional system or tank.
Add Renewable Resources to Your Plumbing System
Several renewable resources can be integrated into the design of your plumbing. Outside of your home, the water that you use outdoors can come from a rain collection system. Inside your home, toilets can be flushed with greywater, and a solar water heater can reduce energy consumption. These are simple and affordable solutions to add renewable resources to your home when updating the plumbing.
The right plumbing design can reduce repair costs and help make your home more efficient. Call a residential plumbing contractor and talk to them about these improvements for your household plumbing.