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What Is a Heat Pump Water Heater?

washing-handsHot water is one of those luxuries that we really just cannot imagine living without. In that sense, hot water is more of a necessity than a luxury. At the very least, it is an entirely reasonable expectation in a modern home. Now, just because hot water is ubiquitous does not mean that it comes for free. You’re going to have to pay to heat the water that you use throughout your home. The good news is that modern water heaters are more efficient than ever.

As efficient as today’s standard tank water heaters and their tankless brethren are, there is one type of water heater that is really setting itself apart in terms of overall energy efficiency. This is the heat pump water. With a heat pump water heater in Dunedin, FL, you can heat all of the water you need for use in your home not only effectively and reliably, but in an affordable manner as well.

What Is a Heat Pump?

First things first. Do you know what the term “heat pump” means? Is it too obvious to say that it is a device that pumps heat? Maybe you have heard mention of heat pumps used to heat and cool homes.

Basically, a heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another. A heat pump in the HVAC realm is basically a central air conditioner that can reverse its operation. In the summer it removes heat from the air in the house. In the winter–obviously very mild in these parts–it takes heat from the air outside and uses it to heat the house. It does this by evaporating refrigerant.

This second method of operation is what the heat pump water heater exploits. Basically, there is a small heat pump set on top of a hot water tank. The heat pump draws heat out of the air surrounding the system and uses that heat to facilitate the heating of the water in the tank. Should there ever be insufficient heat for this method of operation–not generally an issue in our area–the heat pump water heater can use electric resistance to make up the difference.

Why Choose This Method?

A standard tank water heater or a tankless water heater is going to combust fuel or use electricity in order to generate new heat. While a heat pump water heater does use electricity in its operation, it doesn’t use it to create heat. Instead, it transfers heat and compresses refrigerant in order to maximize the thermal energy transferred.

What this means is that far less energy is used in order to heat water for use in your home. What this means is that you are paying less in energy costs! Even if the heat pump does need to use its electric resistance capability in order to catch up at any point, this is not the primary mode of operation. That makes a heat pump water heater a great option for an eco-friendly and efficient performance.

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