Ready to make a difference in your home’s efficiency? Want to save more water, save more on your energy bills, and improve the one appliance in your home that will have the greatest impact overall? Look no further than your water heater.
The water heater was invented in the late 1800s, and though a lot of advancements have been made over the years, we still use the basic concepts designed all those years ago. Water heaters come in a variety of sizes and styles. You can find electric or natural gas; tank or tankless; even solar has turned the heads of some savvy homeowners. Or look to one of the newest entries into the water heater market: the hybrid.
The hybrid electric water heater uses heat pump technology with the traditional electric heating system already in place with most electric water heaters.
Hybrid technology is designed to absorb heat in ambient air and transfer that heat into the water supply. Since radiant heat requires much less energy for processing than the heating process used in a traditional electric tank water heater, the energy savings can quickly add up.
How quickly? Studies show that the average homeowner that switches from a conventional electric water heater to a hybrid electric water heater can save on average up to 60 percent in overall electric bill savings per year. Which means you can pay for the water heater in as little as three years.
When you choose a hybrid water heater, you have the choice of different operating modes for maximum efficiency.
Hybrid mode – the default mode, designed to use the heat pump in combination with back up electric elements when needed to provide hot water as needed
Heat pump mode – when ambient conditions allow, only the heat pump is used to pull in heat from the surrounding area to create the hot water supply
High demand mode – for use when higher demand is needed, the back up electric elements will be used to recover the tanks hot water supply faster
Standard mode – uses only the traditional heating elements to heat the water supply
Vacation mode – allows homeowners to save money while away from home, this mode will drop the temperature down to 50 degrees to save heating, and will automatically begin heating the supply a day before you will return
Want even more information on how you can save with a hybrid electric water heater? We’d be happy to evaluate your current water heater, give you more details on a hybrid, and help you make a decision on the best water heater choice for your home. Give us a call today.