Pros And Cons Of The Different Types Of Heat Pump Water Heaters

Posted on: 24 July 2016

Traditional electric water heaters use the electricity to operate a burner assembly that heats the water within the tank. A heat pump water heater does not directly generate heat to warm up the water but rather uses electricity to pull heat from the surrounding air and applies that heat to the water. The difference in operation has its pros and cons that can help you determine if a heat pump water heater is a good match for your home.

Here are a few pros and cons of the heat pump water heater. Consult a plumber or water heater installation company for more information.

Pro: Energy Savings Compared to Traditional Electric Water Heater

A heat pump water heater only needs to use enough electricity to pull in hot air, compared to the whole burner assembly action of a traditional water heater. The heat pump water heater is therefore far more energy efficient, which can save you some money on your utility bills.

You will need to find a water heater installation company with experience installing heat pump water heaters for the best results. The installers can walk you through how the water heater will function and all of the parts involved in the heat pump system.

Pro: Can Also Serve as an Air Heating / Cooling System

The heat pump water heater can serve as a standalone unit or work as part of a larger system that can also serve as your central air conditioner and furnace. The heat pump heating and cooling system still uses the same principles of using electricity to draw in hot air in order to heat your home. But the system can also push out hot air from inside your home in order to cool the indoor space.

Heat pump systems can save up to 50 percent on the energy costs of a traditional HVAC system. The system might cost a bit more initially for setup, but the low maintenance and energy efficiency will make the upfront cost pay off in the long-run.

Con: Have Narrow Climate Requirements

The heat pump water heater requires the ambient or surrounding air to have a certain amount of warmth in order to function. This doesn't mean the units are limited to those living in tropic areas. But you do need to live in an area with weather that tends to stick between the range of 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit regardless of season. Those are the optimal temperatures for the heat pump water heater to work to the best of its ability.

Contact a company like Stephens Plumbing And Heating Inc to learn more.