Heat Pump Water Heaters Save Big on Utility Bills
If you operate a heat pump at your Washington home, you know how versatile and efficient this form of heating and cooling system can be.
Did you know that heat pumps also can power water heaters?
You can install a heat pump in your Fircrest home that keeps you keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter, and supplies you with hot water year-round. You can retrofit a conventional tank-style water heater to work with a heat pump or buy a heat pump water heater that combines both.
If your water heater is more than 10-years old, consider replacing it before it fails. If you see corrosion and water leaks or can’t get enough hot water from the tap, your heater may be on its last legs. If you hear odd noises coming from your water heater or your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, ask a professional to check it out.
Our experts at Resicon LLC can guide you through all the water heater choices on the market today. We highly recommend installing a heat pump-driven water heater. Heat pump water heaters are up to three times more energy-efficient than conventional electric resistance systems and save you money on your utility bill.
Heat Pump Primer
Unfamiliar with heat pumps? Like air conditioners, heat pumps transfer heat rather than create it. The significant difference between the two is the heat pump’s ability to reverse operation and not only cool your Fircrest home but heat it as well.
An air-to-air heat pump extracts heat from the air outdoors or indoors, depending on whether it is in heating or cooling mode, and blows the warm or cool air into the ductwork or air handlers in your home.
An air-to-water heat pump moves heat extracted from outdoor air to indoors, warming water in pipes used for radiator distribution, radiant floor heating, or water heaters.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
According to Energy Star®, you can save an average of $300 per year on electric bills by using a heat pump water heater rather than a standard electric water heater for your four-member household. An Energy Star certified heat pump uses 70 percent electricity to make the same amount of hot water as a standard electric model.
Heat Pump Water Heaters last approximately 15 years, compared to conventional electric water heaters that typically have a useful lifespan of up to 12 years.
Some models consist of two parts, with the heat pump outdoors and the water heater inside your home. They also are available as a standalone unit. Some standalone units can
switch from heat pump to standard electric mode to keep up with demand during peak water use and extreme outdoor temperatures.
Single-unit heat pump water heaters are taller than conventional water heaters because the heat pump sits on top of the water tank.
You need to find a room that is warmer than 40 degrees Fahrenheit for a standalone unit. The system will draw heat from the room and exhaust cool dehumidified air back into that same space. A heat pump water heater also creates condensate that must be directed into a drain or outdoors.
Our qualified technicians at Resicon install and service the Sanden CO2 heat pump water heater. It is a two-part system with the heat pump installed outdoors, so there is no need for a condensate drain indoors. Because it is highly energy-efficient, it does not need an electric backup system that standalone units use.
This heat pump water heater incorporates carbon dioxide (CO2) refrigerant that is more energy efficient for water heating than hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant used in other systems. It also has less impact on the environment than many other refrigerants.