How do Hybrid Water Heaters Work?

How do Hybrid Water Heaters Work?

Posted on September 16, 2015 in Plumbing

Premier-Hybrid-Electric-Heat-Pump-80-Gallon-Electric-Water-HeaterWater heating comprises nearly 25% of your home’s entire energy usage. Most homeowners continue to use bulky conventional tank units thinking that if it works, why replace it. However, new compact models that operate with greater efficiency are dominating the market, and changing the future of residential plumbing and water heating.

Conventional tank and tankless on-demand units remain the most common water heaters. These are the models homeowners often choose between when upgrading or replacing equipment. These models have pros and cons which makes it difficult to decide what’s right for your family. What if we said you could have the best of both worlds? Hybrid water heaters are the answer. Hybrid units offer optimum performance by combining the technologies and positive properties of both conventional and tankless models.

So, what’s the technology behind hybrid units? Most hybrid water heaters are air-source heat pump models. In this operation, the heat pump extracts heat from the air, and then multiplies the heat via compressor before the heat pump supplies heat to the water. This is an extremely efficient means of water heating similar to tankless models, but contains a reservoir to hold water at all times like a conventional unit. This is how a hybrid water heater delivers the best of both technologies.

Here are some facts on hybrid water heaters:

  • Hybrid units use over 50% less energy in comparison to conventional 50-gallon tank units.
  • Most hybrid models operate with at least 90% efficiency, and save hundreds of dollars per year on energy costs for the average family of four.
  • Hybrid water heaters supply continuous hot water with peak demand capacity, meaning multiple hot water-dependent appliances can run simultaneously.
  • Some hybrid models mimic conventional tank designs which facilitate easy installation that may utilize existing connections.
  • Manufacturers typically offer attractive rebates and incentives on hybrid units.

RJ Tilley understands that selecting a water heater for your home is an important decision. We’ll answer all of your questions, as well as provide the best options for your home and your family. For more information on water heaters, including energy efficient hybrid models, contact RJ Tilley today.