When making instant noodles or hot tea, some people think that they can use the hot water from their tap for convenience. Due to the plumbing systems in most homes, this option can cause serious health problems, especially if done regularly. Once you appreciate how dangerous drinking the hot water from your kitchen faucet is, you will recognize why so many people go out of their way to get instant hot water.
What’s Wrong With Drinking Hot Water
The hot water from your faucet comes from the same clean drinking supply as the cold water. However, even if you have a water purification system that treats water coming into your home, the problem occurs after the treatment.
Water heaters typically only heat water to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. While this temperature feels good for a warm bath, it poses hazards for those who ingest the water. Tank water heaters typically will develop a layer of mineral deposits at the bottom, especially in hard water locations. If you use all the water in the tank, the water that leaves the tank last will often carry with it some of these mineral deposits. You don’t want those in your water. In fact, the water could have a discoloration to it that makes it unappealing and indicates that you may need a new water heater.
Another issue comes from the heat of the water drawing lead out of your pipes and fixtures. Though modern taps should have a minimum of lead in them, older homes can still have plumbing components that contain lead. Even small amounts of lead can impact the growth and development of children and infants.
How to Get Convenient, Hot Water
You have several options for getting hot water without using the hot water tap. However, some of these choices function better than others. For instance, you can heat a traditional kettle of water on the stove. This option, though, can heat up your kitchen, requiring you to increase the air conditioner’s power during the summer.
Another choice is to use an electric kettle. These freestanding appliances don’t heat the entire kitchen the way a stovetop burner can. Also, they are often cheap and can boil water faster than a stovetop. However, you only have a limited amount of water from them, usually a quart or less.
Lastly, you have instant hot water dispensers. These are extra taps added to your kitchen sink that deliver only hot, safe water whenever you need it. You never need to wait for a kettle to boil or heat up your kitchen with the stove. Plus, the water delivered from these taps is safe from lead. The heating system has a stainless-steel tank and the dispense has a solid-brass construction. Also, the water from this tap comes out at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, just below boiling, which is much warmer than the hot water side of your kitchen faucet can reach.
Find Out How to Get Instant Hot Water
If you want to know more about having an instant hot water dispenser installed in your home for safe, fast water at the perfect temperature for cooking and drinking, contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems at 951.338.8616.