Generally both terms are referring to the same technology - an air to water heat pump combined with a storage tank equipped with supplemental electric resistance elements.
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Heat pump water heaters use a refrigeration system to transfer thermal energy for the environment in your mechanical space into a domestic hot water storage tank. Heat pump water heaters are about 3 times more efficient than electric tank style water heaters and can reduce your hot water heating costs by as much as 70%.
Yes, almost all heat pump water heaters are EnergyStar rated. Efficiency rates are measured by their UEF (Uniform Energy Factor). Current HPWH models have UEF ratings of 3.0 to 3.7.
Heat pump water heaters are a great choice in the Austin, TX area. Particularly if you utilized electric or LP gas for your water heating, a new HPWH can pay for itself in just a few years through energy savings.
No. Heat pump water heaters new to be installed in a location that will not freeze in the winter. They should not be installing outdoors. Also, here Austin, water heaters are commonly installed in attic spaces and some of these spaces may not be the best place to install a new HPWH. Installations in unheated garages, basements, our mechanical spaces are all good possibilities.
Heat pump water heaters are also taller than most tank style water heaters so you will want to ensure adequate height for installation.
Heat pump water heaters are available with different how water storage volumes, typically 40 to 80 gallons. More storage gives larger buffers to handle higher or longer peak hot water flow rates.
All EnergyStar heat pump water heaters have heavy foam insulation, so the tank losses less than 10% of its thermal energy each day though the wall of the tank. The improper addition of an insulating blanket risks blocking the heat pump’s air intake and outlet so manufacturers DO NOT recommend the addition of an insulating blanket.
Yes. HPWH's feature a control panel that allow homeowners to select water temperature and operation mode. Many also offer a Wifi interface that can work with your Apple or Android mobile device to provide interface and temperature controls from anywhere.
Yes, in normal operation, a heat pump water heater will produce some condensation that will need to be properly disposed of. If also offers the supplemental benefit of some dehumidification and air conditioning of the space in which it is located.