Seven Points to Consider when Choosing a Heat Pump Water Heater for Your Home
Heat pump water heaters work a lot like your fridge – only instead of keeping the stuff inside cold, they keep it hot!
Heat pump water heaters are the latest and greatest clean energy appliance for your home. How do you know which one is right for you?
- Size: Make sure to choose a heat pump water heater with the appropriate size for your home. A water heater that is too small will not be able to keep up with your hot water demand, while a water heater that is too large will be less efficient and cost more to operate.
- Energy efficiency: Look for a water heater with a high energy efficiency rating, as this will save you money on your energy bills in the long run.
- Cost: Consider the upfront cost as well as the long-term operating costs of the water heater.
- Rebates and incentives: The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has provisions for installing energy efficient appliances such as heat pump water heaters. Your state or local government may also offer incentives, so make sure to investigate all your options.
- Location: Make sure you have enough space for the water heater and that it is installed in a location that meets local building codes.
- Warranty: Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer and choose a water heater with a good warranty for added peace of mind.
- Electric system: Most heat pump water heaters require a 240V outlet for operation. This is because they have a high power demand and need a dedicated circuit to function properly. It is important to make sure that your home has the appropriate electrical setup before installing a heat pump water heater. If you are not comfortable with electrical work, it is best to hire a licensed electrician to install the outlet for you. There are newer models that plug right into a standard 120V outlet, but you’ll want to make sure they have enough output to meet your home’s hot water needs.