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Upgrade to a Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters use less energy to heat water compared to natural gas and conventional electric water heaters

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Benefits of having a good water heater

When it’s time to replace your water heater, consider investing in an energy-efficient heat pump water heater. There are several good reasons to do so:

  • Heat pump water heaters last longer. The longer life expectancy (13-15 years), combined with energy savings make a heat pump water heater a great investment.
  • Heat pump water heaters are versatile. Multiple settings and programmable options, such as vacation mode, that help you save energy, even when you’re away.
  • Heat pump water heaters are energy efficient. Heat pump water heaters consume as much as 63% less energy than their traditional electric water heaters.
  • Never light the pilot on your water heater again!
  • No gas leaks or other toxic emissions.
  • Clean, safe, all-electric technology.

Got Solar? Heat your water using the power of the sun! Heat pump water heaters offer the potentail for zero greenhouse gas impacts when paired with solar photovoltaics (PV) or 100% renewable electricity.

Heat pump water heaters are more energy efficient because they use less energy to heat water compared to natural gas water heaters and conventional electric-resistance water heaters. This is why many homeowners are switching to electric heat pump water heaters.

Act now and take advantage of up to $400 in rebates and incentives towards the purchase and installation of a new heat pump water heater.

How Heat Pump Water Heaters Work

Heat pump water heaters pull heat from the surrounding air to heat the water, rather than relying on electricity or gas. In other words,they move energy instead of generating it.

A fan mounted on the top of the unit pushes room air across a radiator-like grid of condenser coils filled with liquid refrigerant in a closed system of tubing.

A pump circulates the tubes filled with hot compressed gas down and around the cool water in the heater’s tank.

The heat from the hot compressed gas moves toward the cool water, raising its temperature and cooling the gas back to a liquid where it is then pumped back to the radiator, and the process begins again.

Most heat pump water heaters are actually hybrid water heaters.

Under most conditions, heat pump water heaters don't actually generate heat. So when you're using a lot of hot water, a hybrid water heater switches to electric-resistance heating to ensure an adequate supply of hot water.

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View and manage energy usage, adjust the water temperature, and change operation mode—remotely!

Energy-saving programming allows you to heat water during off-peak hours at lower energy costs and will store enough hot water for your peak-hour needs. Some models include automated leak detection to alert you when a leak has occurred and will even shut off the water valve to prevent damage.

Four operating modes

  • Heat Pump Only—Maximizes energy efficiency and savings by only using the heat pump to heat water.
  • Hybrid—A combination of heat pump and backup electric heating elements.
  • Electric Only —This high-demand setting is the least energy-efficient, using only the electric element to heat water.
  • Vacation Mode —Save energy when away from home by placing the unit in 'sleep' mode until you return.

Money-saving options

  • If you have solar, a heat pump water heater can save you money by using your solar-generated electricity to heat water during peak solar times, then store it for later use.
  • If you’re on a time-of-use (TOU) rate, time your water heater to heat up during off-peak times so the heat pump water heater uses the lowest-cost electricity available to heat your water.
  • All-electric customers: If you’re currently using electric resistance water heaters to heat your water, a heat pump water heater is a great option for reducing your bills.

The latest technology

There is a wide range of heat pump water heater models with energy requirements ranging from hardwired service (240V) to easy-to-install plug-in replacement units (120V).

Newer models are designed to run on either a dedicated 120-volt circuit or a shared circuit that also powers other devices. You would not be forced to upgrade your panel. There are some tradeoffs to consider: reduced voltage means it could take longer to heat water.

Is a heat pump water heater right for you?

Heat pump water heaters offer a lot of benefits, but here are some things to consider before installing a new system:

  • Electrical system requirements
  • Space requirements
  • Ventilation
  • Permits
  • Noise

This can be a lot to navigate. Ava wants to put you in touch with a free service that can help you determine if a heat pump water heater is right for you, and to guide you through the process. At no cost to you!

Ava can help you save money when upgrading to a heat pump water heater

Up to $400 in incentives are available now!

Your Home Energy Advisor will walk you through the available rebates for your project and assist you with preparing and submitting the required forms—all at no cost and no commitment.

Home Energy Advisors—a FREE service available to Ava customers

Home Energy Advisors are certified energy-efficiency professionals who will work with you to determine if a heat pump water heater is right for you. They can help you:

  • Find a certified contractor—and also review their bids for you.
  • Inform you of available financing options for your project.
  • Assist you to procure up to $400 in rebates and incentives for your project.

The Home Energy Advisors offered through BayREN do not work for installation contractors and are able to provide unbiased advice.

Get matched with a local Home Energy Advisor to help you get the most of our your investment.

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