If you’re anything like most homeowners, you’ve probably heard about a heat pump and water heater — but have you heard of the hybrid version of these appliances? A heat pump water heater hybrid uses heat pump technology to heat both your home and the water used in your home!
How Does a Heat Pump Water Heater Work?
Much like how a heat pump can heat or cool your home by moving heat instead of generating it itself, like a water heater, the heat pump works much like a refrigerator — but in reverse.
Refrigerators keep food cool by pulling warm air into a box and then releasing it into the surrounding air. This is why you can feel warm air emanating from your refrigerator as it’s running. Working in reverse, a heat pump will pull heat from the surrounding air and move it into a tank to heat your water.
Heat Pump Water Heater FAQ
Is a hybrid system the best choice for your home? Our team answers some commonly asked questions homeowners consider while deciding on a heating and cooling system.
Are heat pump water heaters affected by climate?
Combination systems that combine heating, cooling, and water heating pull heat from outside air during winter and indoor air during summer. Any system that removes heat from the air (commonly referred to as an ‘air-source’ system) may work better in warmer climates, but if you live in a cold climate, just be sure to install your system in a warmer room indoors.
Where are hybrid systems most efficient?
When installing indoors, heat pump water heaters should be installed in a warmer space as they tend to cool the air around them — any room that stays consistent between 40º–90ºF F is ideal. It’s important to allow for the correct amount of space for optimal airflow into and around the appliance as well. According to energy.gov, your system should have “at least 1,000 cubic feet of air space” for the most efficient operation.
Pine State Services has your home heating and cooling solutions! Want to know more about heat pump water hybrids and other heating and cooling options? Contact our team today: (207) 747-1210