About Heat Pump Water Heaters
Heat pump water heaters take heat from the air around them and heat your water with it. They use less energy than a conventional water heater which may lower your energy bills and save you money over time. Heat pumps also allow you to preheat water during times of the day when power is cheaper and store the hot water for use during peak times when costs are higher. When compared to conventional electric or gas water heaters, heat pump models can be two to three times more energy efficient!! Incredibly, ENERGY STAR qualified models can save almost $300 annually on electric and gas bills.
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While gas and electric resistance heaters have a maximum efficiency of 99%, a heat pump water heater can deliver hot water at an efficiency of 300%! Electric resistance water heaters are among the highest energy consuming products in a home. A heat pump water heater can reduce electricity use for water heating by up to 60%. Increased efficiency can also mean lower bills for you.
Safer, cleaner and healthier
Homes and buildings that power appliances with electricity instead of gas are safer—no open flames, no gas leaks, fewer harmful pollutants. Residential natural gas appliances can produce pollutants including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and ultrafine particles. These pollutants are harmful and significantly contribute to asthma.
Better for the environment
When you switch from a gas water heater to a heat pump water heater, you’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in a cleaner, carbon-free future.
Installation and operational considerations
We will help you determine if a heat pump water heater is a good fit for your home and whether any electrical work will be necessary. Here are a few things to be aware of when considering a heat pump water heater:
Electrical considerations: Most heat pump water heaters require a 240V circuit and a 30-amp breaker. Star Energy can help you determine if your home meets the electrical requirements or if your electrical system can be modified to accommodate a heat pump water heater.
Size and airflow: We may recommend a larger capacity water heater to meet your family’s hot water needs. Heat pump water heaters may be taller and wider than your current water heater and they also have specific airflow requirements. If your water heater is located in the garage, you’re probably good to go. If it’s in a utility closet, additional work may be needed to meet size and airflow requirements.
Noise: Heat pump water heaters generate some operational noise, comparable to a loud refrigerator.
Maintenance: In addition to basic water heater maintenance, heat pump water heaters have an air filter that will need to be periodically cleaned.
Exhaust air: A heat pump water heater exhausts cold air after heating your water. This can be a benefit if your water heater is located in your garage or another space that you want to cool in the summer. You can also duct the cool air outdoors or into an adjoining space.
Recirculation pumps: if you have an automated recirculation pump, a heat pump water heater may not be a good fit.
Mixing valve: The program requires the installation of a thermostatic mixing valve to qualify for the rebate.