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We’re all familiar with the long wait: You turn on a hot-water faucet and wait for the hot water to arrive. Several factors make this problem worse: Our houses are bigger, with more fixtures and appliances that use hot water, and the plumbing code is mandating larger-diameter pipes. Experts agree that “roughly 20% of total hot-water use in single-family residences seems to be wasted.”
Heat losses increase with the diameter of the line, the distance the water must travel, and inversely with the speed at which the water moves. A large volume of slow-moving water sheds more heat as it travels to its destination than a smaller amount of water moving quickly.
For that reason, traditional trunk-and-branch systems (with large diameter tubing) are less efficient at retaining heat, especially when hot-water lines are not insulated, than manifold home-run systems.
Home-run advantages. A home-run system requires more tubing than a conventional trunk-and-branch system because each fixture has its own dedicated water supplies. Still, there are several advantages:
This guide is for building and plumbing professionals, but interested homeowners may also find this useful.
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