Most people are familiar with the two main types of water heaters: the traditional water heater and the tankless water heater. A traditional residential water heater stores and preheats 30-50 gallons of water in a tank. This preheated water is used whenever someone showers, does laundry, washes dishes, etc. The tank then refills to be reheated once again.
A tankless water heater uses either electricity or natural gas to warm up cool water on-demand whenever you need it rather than storing hot water in a tank and running the risk of using up all your hot water. Both of these systems have their benefits, but they are not your only options. This is where a hybrid water heater comes in.
How Does a Hybrid Water Heater Work?
While some water heaters combine the technology of tank and tankless water heaters to heat water efficiently, this will differ by manufacturer. Our hybrid water heaters are heat pump water heaters, which combine the action of a heat pump with an electric water heater.
A heat pump is often used for heating and cooling your home, works by extracting outside heat and transferring it inside through the use of refrigerant. Instead of this heat being distributed throughout your home with air handlers, the actions of the heat pump help heat the water in the electric water heater so that its heating elements can turn on less often.
Given the natural heat we typically experience in Arizona, there is usually enough heat drawn in by the heat pump that the electrical heating elements inside the tank do not need to turn on. However, if the heat pump starts losing efficiency, then the electrical elements activate as a back-up, making this system highly efficient.