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Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters Offer Efficiency and Savings

Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about our hot water, as long as it’s there when we need it. When your current water heater quits at the end of its 10-15 year lifespan, you might want to consider getting a super-fast heating, super-efficient, heat pump hot water heater.

A heat pump water heater has 2-3 times the efficiency than that of a standard water heater.

What is a Heat Pump Hot Water Heater?

We usually think about heat pumps as they are commonly used to heat and cool homes and businesses. Heat pump technology, however, can also be used very effectively to heat water. And they offer the same incredible efficiency, using 30% less energy than traditional electric tank hot water heaters.

Changing out your existing electric hot water heater for a new one that uses a heat pump and the air in your home to heat water will help your bank account and the planet in the long run.

How They Work

Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. This process uses much less energy, and therefore they are two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric water heaters. Heat pump hot water heaters work just like a refrigerator, but in reverse.

A refrigerator pulls heat from inside the unit and releases it into the surrounding space through its vents. An air-source heat pump water heater pulls heat from the surrounding space and then pushes it, at a higher temperature, into a tank to heat water. Heat pump water heaters on the market today include a storage tank, a compressor and fan all in one unit.

Why Choose a Heat Pump Hot Water Heater

A heat pump water heater is a great solution for anyone who currently has a standard tank-style electric water heater, and is looking to replace it. If your current tank hot water heater is over 10 years old, its demise is eminent and you don’t want that finale to be gallons and gallons of water gushing into your basement! If your hot water heater is inefficient or leaking, or you simply want to reduce your electric bill and carbon footprint, a heat pump water heater is a perfect option.

The average home using a standard electric tank water heater spends roughly $500 heating their water each year. A heat pump water heater will reduce those annual costs by $250 to $300.

Whether you’re concerned about environmental impact or just bringing down the cost of heating your water, a heat pump water heater is a winner in both of these categories. Plus, with significant incentives offered from major utilities on the west coast, the cost of purchasing and installing a heat pump water heater is, in some cases, less than installing a new standard electric tank water heater.

What are the Advantages of a Heat Pump Water Heater?

It’s important to consider both the positives and negatives of choosing a heat pump water heater.

Advantages

  • With an Efficiency Maine Rebate, a new unit can cost as little as $379
  • Produces a lot of hot water quickly
  • Can save more than $3,500 over the life of the unit compared to electric water heaters*
  • Typically has a 10+ year warranty
  • Helps dehumidify

*Source: energystar.gov; 7/1/2021

Disadvantages

  • Requires open area with 6’ or higher ceiling
  • Requires a condensate drain
  • Air filter needs periodic rinsing and replacement every 1-2 years
  • As loud as a dehumidifier so may not be ideal installed next to a bedroom 

SAVE BIG with Gelinas HVAC and an Efficiency Maine Rebate!

Whether your goal is to bring down the cost of heating your water, or you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your utilities, a heat pump water heater is a winner in both of these categories. Plus, with significant incentives offered by Efficiency Maine, the cost of purchasing and installing a heat pump water heater can be comparable or less than installing a new standard electric tank water heater.

Gelinas HVAC is a Residential Registered Vendor and a Commercial Qualified Partner with Efficiency Maine. This means we meet the strict qualifications and standards they set. We can help you determine if a heat pump water heater is right for you, and guide you in the Rebate process. Contact us to learn more!