Hybrid water heaters, also known as heat pump water heaters, are heaters that combine the benefits of both conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters. They work like a refrigerator, but in reverse; while refrigerators eradicate heat from an enclosed box, hybrid water heaters collect heat from the air and transfer it to an enclosed water tank.
Since they move heat from one place to another, they’re a very efficient way to heat water. According to the US Department of Energy, hybrid water heaters are two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric water heaters, reducing utility costs by almost half.
Apart from heating water, hybrid water heaters also cool and dehumidify the space around them. If the water heater is certified by Energy Star, they tend to be of a higher level of quality compared to others.
Hybrid water heaters limit how much water and heat energy are being used. The efficiency or economy setting (depending on the model) only allows water to be heated on demand.
If the water demand rises, you can switch to electric setting, which is the least efficient option of the water heater but can deal better with high volumes.
In addition, there are a few models that have a vacation mode which allows homeowners to be away for long periods without worrying about wasted water and energy.
The initial cost of a hybrid water heater is more than that of a traditional electric water heater. Hybrid water heater installations can easily go up to $3,000 per unit.
However, their inherent energy efficiency can save money over time, recouping the upfront cost within a year. According to the Energy Star Program, an average household can save between $1,320 and $5,560 with a functional hybrid water heater.
But before going for a hybrid water heater, make sure to estimate its annual cost through the Department of Energy’s estimation guide.
The US Department of Energy advises homeowners to install hybrid water heaters in warm places where the temperature ranges between 40°F and 90°F. Hybrid heaters work efficiently in warm locations like Florida. Their efficiency is compromised in a cool place, though, since they pull heat from the surrounding air. Most hybrid water heaters are installed in excessively hot rooms, such as garages or furnace spaces, to make the heating process easier.
Whether you need to replace your existing water heater or you’ve decided to go green, consider replacing your water heater with a hybrid water heater today. Reach out to Miami Water Heater at 305-633-2656 and have all your hybrid water heater installation queries answered.
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