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Heat Pump Water Heaters: The Hows and Whys

Are you thinking about replacing your home’s aging, inefficient water heater? Or are you planning to put in the first water heater for a new home? Whatever reason you’re on the hunt for a new water heater installation, it presents a good opportunity to break away from the traditional water heater and investigate fresh options. The advanced technology of newer water heater models offers improved energy savings and performance. One of the best of these new models is the heat pump water heater.

HOW a Heat Pump Water Heater Works

From the outside, this type of water heater looks similar to the conventional gas or electric-powered tank water heater, since it uses a storage tank to hold water. The difference is how the system heats the water. Rather than generate heat through burners or electrical resistance, a heat pump water heater draws thermal energy from the surrounding air and then transfers it into the tank. This is moving heat, rather than generating it. The water heater does this using the action of a heat pump, which absorbs heat through an evaporator coil and then releases it through a condensing coil.

WHY You Might Want to Install a Heat Pump Water Heater

The big question is why you would want to change over to this kind of water heater in the first place. There are a few reasons, but the main one is that a heat pump water heater uses less power than either a gas or electric model. It requires a smaller amount of energy to move heat through heat transfer than to create it through combustion gas or heating up electrical coils. Changing to a heat pump unit can save 10% or more off a home’s annual utility bills, letting the system will soon pay back its installation costs. A heat pump water heater is also a safer installation, providing a house with the energy-saving performance of a gas water heater without the worries of carbon monoxide leaks or combustion hazards.

Sweetwater Plumbing offers Fontana, CA and the rest of Southern California quality heat pump water heater installations. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

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