One of the small annoyances of winter weather, coming out of the cold and not having hot water flowing immediately from your tap. Waiting for hot water to arrive at your sink wastes water, energy and time while decreasing the likelihood that you’ll wash your hands thoroughly. So how can you ensure your HWAT systems work safety and effectively this winter?
Heat traced hot water lines eliminate this and other hot water supply problems. Let’s look at some of the benefits of using heat traced solutions on your water line.
How Does a Heat Traced HWAT Systems Work?
HWAT self-regulating heating cable is attached to a single hot water pipe beneath the insulation which ensures hot water remains at a specified temperature the entire length of the line. Easy to program controllers monitor the pipe temperature and power the HWAT cable requires as needed to maintain the desired hot water temperature.
What are the Benefits of Heat Tracing a HWAT Line?
When you install a heat tracing system on your hot water line, the wait for hot water is virtually eliminated. In addition, there are other benefits:
- Reduces water waste
- Uses potentially renewable electricity instead of fossil fuels
- Consumes less space than conventional circulation systems
- Easy installation
- Rugged and long lasting
- Improves water quality by reducing the risk of Legionella and other pathogen growth
Apartment Management Benefits of Heated HWAT Systems
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, hot water systems offer significant benefits to condominiums and other similarly managed building systems.
HWAT systems can track and supply hot water and energy used to maintain hot water on a per unit basis. This enables:
- Fair and accurate billing of water and energy consumption.
- Increased conservation of water and electricity
- Reduced amounts of water going into sewer systems and related charges
For larger buildings with many units, this can improve the quality of tenants lives during winter months.
Integration with Other Heat Traced Solutions
HWAT systems integrate with other applications such as pipe freeze protection, roof and gutter, snow melting and grease waste heat traced systems.
By using an advanced multiple application controller such as the nVent RAYCHEM ACS-30, you can have an economical and efficient way to manage all of a building’s individual heat traced systems.
The next time you go to wash your hands this winter and the water is unpleasantly cold, think about the smart hot water alternative.
Connect with an nVent RAYCHEM Winter Expert and learn more today.