Electric Water HeatersHeat pump water heaters can be twice as efficient as standard electric water heaters.
Heat Pump Water Heater
A heat pump is a device that moves heat from one place to another. It works much like an air conditioner or a refrigerator. While a refrigerator moves heat from your fridge to your kitchen, a heat pump water heater (HPWH) moves heat from your home into the hot water tank.
Most HPWHs include an integrated hot water tank and a hybrid mode (they can also run as standard electric water heaters if necessary).
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How Do HPWHs Work?
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Is HPWH Right for You?
While HPWHs can certainly provide savings over standard electric water heaters, there are several other factors to consider before buying and installing:
- Temperature: For the HPWH to run efficiently, the space should generally stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Space: A heat pump removes heat from ambient air. Hence there must be a considerable volume of air available. Most manufacturers recommend about 750 cubic feet.
- HPWHs often require larger clearances from walls so that air can circulate properly, and they are often taller and heavier than standard water heaters.
- Most closets, even closets with louvered doors, are not appropriate for HPWHs.
Find the right HPWH
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