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How Heat Pump Water Heaters Work

Heat pump water heaters, also called hybrid water heaters, use electricity to move heat instead of generating heat directly. In simple terms, a heat pump is a system that uses a small amount of energy to “move” heat from one location to another. The refrigerator in your home is a great example of this! It moves warm air from within the refrigerator to the outside of the refrigerator. That’s why your hand feels warm if placed near the back of your refrigerator. By transferring heat rather than creating it, heat pumps deliver hot water 2-3 times more efficiently than conventional water heaters.

Heat pump water heaters use electricity and can replace combustion-based water heaters that can be a safety and health risk to your family.

Heat pump water heaters include hot water storage and have different capacities of stored water, warm and ready for use. A typical storage capacity of 80 gallons is appropriate for most residential applications. That means if you lose power, you’ll still have access to the stored hot water.

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