Hot Shower Controls

Eliminate Hot Water Delays in the Shower

After turning on the hot water for your shower do you have to wait several minutes while the hot water travels from the tank to your shower head? The typical solution to obtain "instant" hot water for the shower is to install a recalculating pump which recirculates hot water in your water line continuously. However without a control mechanism, the pump will run 24 hours a day to provide instant hot water for perhaps only a handful of showers a day or less. Mechanical timers offer a solution such as running the pump for 15 minutes of every hour. However the odds are 3 to 1 the pump will not be running when you step in the shower. This solution allows you to control your recalculating pump on demand.

Chilipepper pump For those who don't have a recalculating pump, consider the Chilipepper hot water demand pump shown at left. The Chilipepper is a little, yet powerful, hot water pump which mounts under your sink. Once installed hot water is pumped rapidly from your hot water heater to either your sink or shower with just the push of a button. It will work with any and all water heaters from traditional to tankless to even solar heaters. The small but powerful device operates at 1/3 of a horsepower which makes it the most powerful pump for any residential hot water system.

In-Line Linc Relay The In-Line Linc Relay Module, pictured at right, is the Insteon device needed to switch the pump on or off. This relay module can control up to a 20 amp load at 120VAC, and has no problem controlling the pump which is typically well under a one amp load. Note this relay is wired in line with the 120V pump power cord, and switches the hot lead on or off to control the pump. The relay can be mounted inside of a standard electrical box.

RemoteLinc 2 The Insteon RemoteLinc 2 pictured at right is the recommended unit to control the above In-Line Linc Relay Module. To activate the recalculating pump simply press the top button of the RemoteLinc 2 wall switch before you enter the shower, and press the bottom button of the wall switch when your done with your shower. Note, if you don't want to mount the RemoteLinc 2 in the wall just order the RemoteLinc 2 with table top stand.

Chilipepper pump The above diagram shows an approach for operating the Chilipepper if you are already using INSTEON home control. Simply wire the control cable on the Chilipepper to an I/O Linc which plugs into the nearest outlet. The I/O Linc can then be triggered locally by changing out a nearby wall switch for a 6-Button KeypadLinc, or installing the RemoteLinc 2 in-wall/on a shelf, or using a handheld RemoteLinc to trigger the I/O Linc to turn your Chilipepper on.

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RemoteLinc - INSTEON Remote Control, Silver, $45.99
* Control up to 6 scenes plus ALL ON & OFF and DIM/BRIGHT functions
* RemoteLinc's scenes can control up to a total of 417 devices
* Excellent range over 150' from nearest Access Point
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X10 LCD MINI TIMER, $49.99
* Timer will control up to 8 X10 lights and appliances
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Chilipepper Hot Water Demand Pump, $179.99
* Receive hot water quicker from your existing water heater
* Works with all water heaters including tankless heaters
* Powerful enough to work with pipes as long as 400 feet
* INSTEON and X10 compatible
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In-LineLinc Relay, $59.99
* Control hardwired lights and appliances without running wires for a wall switch
* Fits inside a standard electrical box
* Controls up to 20 Amps or 1800 Watts (incandescent) at 120 or 277VAC
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RemoteLinc 2 Wall Switch, $52.99
* Provides wireless remote control for INSTEON controlled lighting and appliances
* Includes wall mount bracket
* Operated via rechargeable battery
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RemoteLinc 2 Tabletop w/Visor Clip, $57.99
* Provides wireless remote control for INSTEON controlled lighting and appliances
* Includes Tabletop stand and Visor Clip
* Operated via rechargeable battery
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Access Point - INSTEON Wireless Phase Coupler, $39.99
* Bridges RF-only INSTEON devices with power line-only INSTEON devices
* Uses 915MHz band for fast, reliable communication
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I/O Linc - Low Voltage / Contact Closure Interface , $45.99
* Control the Chilipepper Hot Water Demand Pump using your INSTEON or X10 network
* 4 output relay modes allow you to control different types of devices
* Contains 1 sensor input and 1 output relay
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INSTEON KeypadLinc V2 Dimmer, $69.99
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