Looking to save money and go green?

Heat Pump Water Heaters

If you’re looking to go green and save money on your electricity bill a hybrid water may be the solution you’ve been looking for.  Water heaters are the second most costly appliance in your home to run, your Air Conditioner takes the first prize though.

Saving Money With Water Heaters

Heat pump water heaters, commonly known as hybrid water heaters, transfer heat from the surrounding air to the water stored in the tank. When the demand for hot water increases past the ability of the pump or the ambient temperature surrounding the water heater isn’t adequate, the water heater switches from the pump to the electrical components. According to the Department of Energy’s analysis, a consumer purchasing these highly efficient units will save more than $600 over the life of the product compared to a comparable water heater just meeting the current efficiency standards with the same maintenance and conditions. The upfront cost to purchase and install these hybrid water heaters is higher than a standard storage tank model, consumers are however expected to recoup the added cost in about six years on average through lower electricity bills. Consumer Reports tested heat pump water heaters and found that “Those we tested provided annual savings of about 60% over electric-only models.”

When a hybrid water heater operates in electric mode, it doesn’t save energy or money compared to a conventional unit. In the Phoenix and surrounding Metropolitan as our ambient air temperature is usually high enough for the pump portion to continue creating hot water this is not a problem. Earlier models of hybrid water heaters were found to switch to electrical components at relatively high ambient temperatures. Manufacturers have been working to lower the minimum temperature at which water heaters operate in heat pump mode. Recent models have made significant progress, ensuring the heat pump will continue to operate with ambient temperatures as low as 35 degrees.

Things To Remember When Upgrading Water Heaters

When considering upgrading to an energy efficient hybrid water heater, dimensions of the new water heater need to be considered.  Hybrid water heaters are quite a bit larger than their standard electric counterpart.  Water heater sizing will be both wider and taller, so tightly confined spaces may not make the hybrid option ideal for some homeowners.

If you are considering upgrading to a hybrid water heater call us to schedule a free no-obligation consultation and get all of your questions answered.