The popularity of hybrid water heaters, also known as heat pump water heaters, has been on the rise the past several years.
What is a Hybrid Water Heater?
Hybrid water heaters combine the energy efficiency of a heat pump with the familiarity of a standard water heater. Instead of creating their own heat like a standard water heater, hybrid water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another. However, during periods of high hot water use, they automatically switch to standard electric resistance heating, which is what makes them hybrid.
How Does a Hybrid Water Heater Work?
Using a heat pump, hybrid water heaters pull heat from the surrounding air into evaporator coils. Inside the evaporator coil is refrigerant, which allows it to absorb heat from the air and heat the water. A heat exchanger heats the water in the tank to the desired temperature before it heads to your faucets, showers and appliances.
Hybrid water heaters do not run all the time, making them incredibly efficient. During periods of high hot water demand, the water tank fills to meet the demand, which means hot water will always be available.
Pros of Hybrid Water Heater
Lower Electric Bills
Due to their increased energy efficiency, hybrid water heaters will save you hundreds of dollars on energy bills each year.
Better for the Environment
Heat pumps are more energy efficient than standard hot water heaters, which means they use less electricity (and no natural gas), thus reducing emissions and your carbon footprint.
Tax Incentives and Rebates
Considerations of Hybrid Water Heater
Hybrid water heaters usually cost more up front than standard water heaters. Keep in mind that your lower electric bills ultimately mean earning this back.
Hybrid water heaters need quite a bit of space – at least 1,000 cubic feet. Space is needed in order for there to be enough warm air to pull into the system for a hybrid water heater to function properly.
Hybrid water heaters require draining and regular filter cleaning, and the heat pump will also require servicing.
Ready to make the switch? If you decide a hybrid water heater could be right for your home, contact one of our licensed electricians for an estimate!