Heat Pump Water Heaters
With technological advances in water heaters and tankless water heaters, it takes almost no time at all for the shower to warm up on a cold morning. Now, with a heat pump water heater, the whole process becomes a lot more efficient and can save energy on water heating up to 60 percent.
Which is important to the overall housing budget. Heating water for the home can use as much energy as a refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer combined. By reducing the amount of energy needed to heat the water, you’ll save money as well as help the environment.
How Does a Heat Pump Water Heater Work?
As far as heating water, it’s a relatively newer technology. In the past, gas or electricity would warm the water directly. With a heat pump, heat from the surrounding area is drawn into the water heater. Like a refrigerator or air conditioner bringing in cooler air from the surrounding area to keep things chilly, only with heat.
In simplest terms, the warm air is brought in and vaporizes refrigerant, releasing cooler air into the area. The refrigerant vapor is then condensed back into liquid form, releasing the stored into the water. These pumps can be bought as part of a water heating system or be retro-fitted to existing water heaters.
Heat Pump Water Heater Efficiency
In addition to saving energy, and money, heat pump water heaters also produce more hot water than standard gas or electric water heaters. One thing to consider, however, is the area surrounding the device. Since warm air is drawn in, and cooler air is emitted, it can significantly cool the area where the heat pump is housed.
While that is a plus in the summer, the heat pump water heater should never be installed where the temperature can dip below 40 degrees. Initial costs are also more than conventional water heaters, the monthly and yearly savings on energy costs still make heat pump water heaters an attractive option.
Have more questions about heat pump water heaters? Contact True-Plumbing today to see if it is the right choice for you and your home.