Heat Pump Water Heaters: Environmentally Friendly and Efficient
With the continuing trend away from using fossil fuels for electrical generation for our utility grid (in favor of solar and wind) and also as a fuel in our homes, finding dependable, highly efficient electrical technology to improve our comfort and convenience continues to be a priority. As many of our customers are aware, heat pumps are an established option to help efficiently ‘green up’ our home heating and cooling systems. What some homeowners may not be aware of is that this technology is also available in residential electric water heaters. In this blog, we’d like to take a closer look at heat pump water heaters, a hot water option that’s growing in popularity.
Heat Pump Technology – High Efficiency Hot Water
Heat pump water heaters, also known as ‘hybrid electric water heaters,’ work in a fashion similar to central and ductless heat pumps, in that they use refrigerant and a compressor to create heat which is delivered to the home, in this case, to the water heater’s storage tank – and they do not use natural gas or propane. Hybrid electric water heaters combine heat pump technology with a conventional tank approach, plus sophisticated controls, and feature best-in-class efficiency ratings. They far outperform conventional electric water heaters.
These eco-friendly water heaters are quickly carving a niche in the ‘green’ home appliance movement, and some models may even qualify for rebates to help offset the initial investment. In the Denver-Boulder area, valuable rebates may be available from our primary utility provider, Xcel Energy. Please speak with one of our team members for more information.
Features that can be found on heat pump water heaters include:
- Storage capacities of 50 to 80 gallons
- Extra thick non-CFC foam insulation
- Efficiency ratings in the 3.5+ UEF range
- ENERGY STAR certification
- Zero reliance on fossil fuels
- Built-in water leak detection system
- Stainless steel electric heating elements
- LCD control and diagnostic screens
- Custom programming options, including vacation settings
- WiFi-enabled for remote system access
Green Comfort with Advanced Features
Control options that allow you to customize performance to meet changing conditions and usage habits, optimize energy efficiency, and even monitor and program the unit remotely, are some of the advanced features that can be found in some heat pump water heaters. Built-in leak detection that interfaces with the liquid crystal display (LCD) master control panel is another great option that may also be available.
Your Heat Pump Water Heater Experts
Along with our full range of quality home services, our team at Save Home Heat Company provides high quality electric water heaters to our customers in the Boulder-Denver area. A hybrid electric water heater, featuring heat pump technology, is a product well worth learning more about if you plan to go all-electric in your home, or if you are interested in reducing your hot water carbon footprint.
If you’d like to learn more about heat pump water heaters, you can trust our team to provide you accurate information and low-pressure advice and recommendations, and to take the time to answer all of your questions. Whether obtaining a free install quote or simply learning more about these products, our goal is always to assist you in making an informed decision that makes the most sense for you and your home. In the Denver-Boulder area, please reach out to our team for friendly, knowledgeable assistance.