While tankless water heaters are the new hot item in water heater technology, when in the market for a new water heater, you may happen across a hybrid water heater that is similarly lauded for its energy efficiency. A hybrid water heater is a mix between a standard water heater and a heat pump that can help you save a lot on energy costs in your home.
It is easiest to describe how a hybrid water heater works by comparing it to a reverse refrigerator. The heat pump aspect takes heat from the air, and then uses it to heat the water. However, it also has the ability to heat the water using electricity when the demand for hot water is high or the temperature is low.
While a hybrid water heater may not be right for northern states, as Texas runs on the warmer side, it may be a good option for your home. Since it also has an electric option to heat water, it will function much like a normal water heater during any sudden cold snaps, but will still allow you to reap the energy efficient heat pump functions during the rest of the year.
The major issue with hybrid water heaters is typically the same issue that comes with tankless water heaters. If you need an abundance of hot water all at once, your hybrid water heater may not be able to keep up with demand. However, if you are looking for something that has a low operating cost and isn’t as costly as some other water heater models upfront, this can be a good option for you. Hybrid water heaters can be a particularly good option for small homes looking to keep things energy efficient.
Are you interested in hybrid water heaters, tankless models, or even just standard water heaters? Contact us today to see what we can do to help you make the right water heater choice for your home.