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Is an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater the Right Choice for Your Home?

Jun. 30, 2021

Ready to replace your storage tank water heater and find a more efficient solution? Consider an electric heat pump water heater. Electric heat pump water heaters are two to three times more energy-efficient than traditional resistance water heaters, which means significant savings on utility bills. In fact, a family of four can save up to $3,500 over the product life of a new energy-efficient heat pump water heater.


The way a heat pump heats water - by transferring heat from the air - is a much more energy-efficient process than using a resistance heating element to generate heat, which is what most traditional storage-tank water heaters do. It's often easier to move things around than to make them, and heat pump water heaters use electricity to transfer heat from one place to another rather than producing it directly.


A heat pump water heater also includes a resistance heating element, but it is only used as a backup when needed, such as when large amounts of hot water are needed or when temperatures are low.


To get the most savings from a heat pump water heater, it needs to be able to operate in its energy-efficient/heat pump-only mode on a regular basis. The key factors to consider are where the water heater is installed and how it is used. For many homes in Massachusetts, these factors shouldn't pose a problem - so you'll likely be able to enjoy plenty of hot water and energy savings. Here's what you need to know.

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Installation area

The water heater needs to allow enough space around the unit for air to circulate properly so that the heat pump can operate optimally. A minimum of 750 cubic feet is recommended, so a basement or garage will work in most cases, but a utility closet may not. Another factor to keep in mind if the ceilings are low is that heat pump water heaters are usually slightly higher than traditional storage-tank water heaters.


Ambient Temperature

A heat pump water heater needs enough heat in the surrounding air to operate most efficiently. As long as the area where the water heater is installed has at least 50 degrees, you can take advantage of its energy-saving mode. When the temperature falls below 50 degrees, you will still get hot water, but the water heater needs to use its backup heating element, which requires more energy.

Heat pumps tend to have longer water recovery times than standard resistance heating elements. For the average home, this should not be a problem and you will have all the hot water you need. However, if you have a very large family and often use a lot of hot water in a short period of time, the water heater may need to run in resistance mode to keep up, which may reduce the potential energy savings potential. For a family of four, a heat pump water heater can pay for itself in energy costs in about two years.

Sunrain heat pump water heater is one of the most economical systems to heat water for family domestic use. Using free renewable energy from the air, the heat pump is highly efficient with low cost. It can save energy up to 80% compared with traditional gas boilers or electric water heaters. If you want to get more information about high quality heat pump water heater wholesale, welcome to contact us.

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