Hybrid Water Heater Versus Tankless

Hybrid Hot Water Heater Versus Tankless

Tankless hot water heaters have been the choice of energy conscious consumers over the past 15 years. The new trend is hybrid hot water heaters that combine tankless technology with a tank. Which is better? I’m vote Hybrid/Heat pump style hot water heaters, especially in warm humid climates. Update: FPL weighs in on the issue and the Heat Pump Hybrid wins with them as well, read more here.

The tankless hot hot water heater is only on when there is a demand for hot water. This saves money over the traditional tank style heater. The old tank style can lose energy from heat loss because the hot water is stored. The disadvantage is that many tankless heaters may need to be installed near the point of use. If a whole house tankless is used, then you have issues with having to run the water to drain the water in the line before you get to the hot water. You can install a recirculating pump to eliminate this lag. However that requires and electric pump and possibly a tank. The tank is what we were trying to avoid with this installation. Another disadvantage is flow rate, many tankless hot water heaters have low flow rates and the tankless heaters with high flow rates that can handle a whole house tend to be very expensive.

The hybrid heat pump hot water heater use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Therefore, they can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters. To move the heat, heat pumps work like a refrigerator in reverse.

Heat pump water heaters require installation in locations that remain in the 40º–90ºF (4.4º–32.2ºC) range year-round and provide at least 1,000 cubic feet (28.3 cubic meters) of air space around the water heater. Cool exhaust air can be exhausted to the room or outdoors. Install them in a space with excess heat, such as a laundry room or a garage. The heat pump also dehumidifies the space where it is installed.

The energy costs of a hybrid hot water heater are slightly lower or equal to the tankless style heaters.

If you live in a warm climate, the clear winner is the Hybrid Hot Water Heater (Heat Pump), if you live in a colder climate the tankless would be a great option.

Hybrid Hot Water Heater
1. Low Energy Costs – 80 Gallon Hybrid Est. Costs $151 vs. Traditional $555+ Yearly
2. Cools Your Garage or other installation space, while the Heater is running.
3. Dehumidifies the installation space
4. Has a large tank that can easily fill large roman tubs
5. Wifi Connected
6. Vacation Modes
7. Leak Alerts

Call us 561-869-4497 if you are in Palm Beach, Martin, or St. Lucie County in Florida, and we will be happy to consult with you on your hot water heating needs.

Water Heater Installation in Wellington, Florida – Licensed Plumber

Water Heater Installation in Wellington, Florida

Water Heating Experts is owned by a master plumber who specializes in water heater installation. We have water heater installation down to a science. We aim to install your hot water heater at a fair price and to do a clean professional job. We are trained in the latest technology for water heaters.

We offer traditional tank-style hot water heaters, tankless and our favorite, hybrid (heat pump) hot water heaters. Tankless and hybrid water heaters can save you hundreds per year on your utility bills.

We also can match Home Depot®’s or Lowes® Prices but with the professional grade hot water heater. The large water heater manufacturers make a different unit for the big box stores. Many times they use plastic components instead of brass. We install the professional grade at the big box price. We will also match or beat the installation prices from the big box stores.

Call us or text me 561-602-9062 a photo of your current water heater and your email address and I will send you a quote to replace or upgrade your water heater.

Electric 50 Gallon Hot Water Heater Installed in Garage

Water Heater Installation Boyton Beach

water heater installation Boyton Beach Florida

Water Heater Installation Boyton Beach, Florida

Here is an example of a recent water heater installation in Boyton Beach, Florida. The old water heater was located in the garage next to the furnace. The estimated yearly energy costs was listed as $555 per year. The customer has has 2 teenagers, so the costs were probably more.

Originally we quoted an electric tankless hot water heater that would heat water for the whole house. Tankless electric water heaters require much more electricity when in use. So to add the new panel and the new breakers, would have made the cost too high.

Our solution was to install a hybrid or heat pump hot water heater. This did not require any extra electrical work and the energy savings beat a tankless hot water heater.

As and added benefit, the hybrid hot water heater will blow cool air into his garage which is only partially cooled by his AC.

Other benefits include Wifi connections. The customer can set his hot water heater, turn it off, put it on vacation mode or change the temperature. He can do this through the Rheem App that he downloaded for his iPhone.