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How Do Heat Pump Water Heaters Work?
Heat pump water heater do not use electric to directly heat water. Instead it uses electric to simply move heat from one place to another. Heat pump water heaters uses a fan to pull air from its surrounding and blows it across a evaporator coil, expelling cooler more dry air back into the room.This process is where dehumidification may take place. Refrigerant is heated from any heat that is blown across the evaporator from the surrounding area. The refrigerant is then pumped through a compressor where it will have an increased pressure along with an increased temperature. This heated refrigerant passes through condenser coil that is mounted along the tank where and heat is transferred to the cooler water inside the tank. After the water captures the heat from the refrigerant, the cooler refrigerant is then sent back to the evaporator where the process will once again begin.
Understanding the Installation of a Heat Pump Water Heater.
Installing a heat pump water heater is very similar to installing a standard water heater. It is still supplied with water by your main cold water source. The hot side gets connected to the hot water distribution pipes. Must ensure that the proper wiring and correct circuit breaker is in place. Depending on code an electric disconnect may be installed for quick and easy turn off. Furthermore, the area the unit is installed in must have a drain nearby so that the condensation will have a place to be drained. If a drain is not nearby a condensate pump could be installed to handle the discharge of water. Generally speaking a heat pump water heater must be installed in a location that is at least 1,000 cubic feet. Often times a heat pump water heater may be installed in areas smaller but must have vents or louver doors installed so the heat pump water heater has an adequate volume of air. Additionally, this space must maintain a temperature above 40 degrees year round. The higher the average temperature, the more energy efficient the heat pump water heater will be.
Understanding the Maintenance of a Heat Pump Water Heater.
One of the biggest maintenance items that must be taken care of periodically is the cleaning of the air filter. Maintaining a clean air filter is paramount to the energy efficiency of the heat pump water heater. The air filter is located on the top of the heat pump water heater and is easily removed. Once removed, you can vacuum or hand wash the air filter. Allow to dry then replace the air filter in heat pump water heater for air flow and filtration.
Similar to standard water heaters, flushing of the tank to remove built up lime or other sediments will maintain the manufacturer's efficiency rating and expected life of the heat pump water heater.
- Heat Pump Water Heater Investment
- Why Choose a Heat Pump Water Heater?
- The Difference Between a Heat Pump Water Heater and a Standard Electric Water Heater
Choosing to have a heat pump water heater installed in your home or business is an investment. Understanding that these units have an higher upfront cost compared to a traditional water heater. The heat pump water heater will be more efficient than a standard water heater. However, considering the operating cost of a heat pump water heater compared to a conventional water heater it's a great investment. You will find comfort in knowing that your heat pump water heater is using far less energy while still providing you with the amount of hot water to meet your demand.
Always choose to invest in a high quality heat pump water heater. Choosing the most inexpensive heat pump water heater may have you dealing with other issues such as functionality problems, louder than normal operating sound and potentially less efficiency.
Lower Operating Costs: Compared to conventional water heaters, a heat pump water heaters running costs are much lower. Since they're energy-efficient, you'll be able to realize substantial savings in the long-term.
Longer life cycle: Heat pump versions have a lifespan of up to 15+ years. Traditional water heater are usually between replaced between 6-12 years.
So, what's the difference between a heat pump water heat and a standard electric water heater?
The way each system heats water is different. An electric system uses electricity to directly heat the water, whereas the heat pump water heater transfers heat from one place to another, thus lowering the amount of electricity used.
The heat pump water heater is much more energy-efficient than the electric water heaters.
The only function of an electric water heater is to heat the water directly. The heat pump water heaters do the same with better energy efficiency and have an dehumidification and air conditioning effect.