Advantages of Hybrid Electric Hot Water Heater Versus Natural Gas Power Vent Hot Water Heater'

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Hybrid Hot Water Heater Instead of Natural Gas Power Vent Hot Water Heater


In the past, natural gas hot water heaters were the choice for energy conscious consumers. They were less expensive in terms of monthly energy costs. However, now heat pump electric hot water heaters, also called hybrid hot water heaters, are changing that.

The hybrid hot water heater has several advantages over a gas hot water heater.

Hybrid Advantages

Does not need an 18" High Platform to be installed in a garage

No flame burning in the unit - safer

Lower Energy Costs $151 per year estimated in warmer climates

Blows cool air and dehumidifies the space

Quieter - A power vent gas hot water heater is loud when running, sounds like a small jet engine. The Hybrid has a fan that is only 51db about like a refrigerator. A power vent gas is 74 db.

No exhaust fumes that exit the unit outside your home. Again, safer and not risk of CO2 poisoning.

Disadvantages

Not ideal for cold climates - Would require extra ducting to vent cold air outside.

Needs extra lines for condensate drains

Requires 220v service

Here is an example of a switch from a natual gas power vented hot water heater to an electric hybrid hot water heater. This water heater is installed in Evergrene subdivision Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The owner is very happy with the switch. They enjoy the little air conditioning boost in their garage and the decrease in sound levels.



Before - Natural Gas Hot Water Heater
After Hybrid Hot Water Heater
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Water Heater Installation in Wellington, Florida - Licensed Plumber

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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
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Hybrid Hot Water Heater Versus Tankless

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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.



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Rheem 50 Gallon Electric Professional Classic Series - PROE50 M2 RH95

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Rheem 40 Gallon Electric Professional Classic Series - PROE50 M2 RH95

Professional Classic™ electric water heaters are engineered for longer life – resistored heating elements and premium grade anode rod

Efficiency
.95 EF
Isolated tank design reduces conductive heat loss
Resistored copper upper element and resistored Lifeguard™ stainless steel lower element to prolong anode rod and tank life

Performance
FHR: 42 - 71 gallons, based on gallon capacity
Recovery: 21 GPH at a 90° F rise
System Sentinel (Available on selected models)
Exclusive diagnostic system with glowing LEDs that verify heating element operation. LEDs pin point the exact location of functioning or non-functioning heating elements

Longer Life
Premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection
Features
Electric junction box located above heating elements for easy installation
Over-temperature protector cuts off power in excess temperature situations
Automatic thermostat keeps water at desired temperature

Plus
EverKleen™ self cleaning device fights harmful sediment build-up with a high-velocity spiraling water stream – helps operating efficiency by saving energy, money and improving tank life
Enhanced-flow brass drain valve
Temperature and pressure relief valve included
Low lead compliant

Warranties
United States
Tank - 6 Years
Parts - 6 Years
With ProtectionPlus™ the 6-year limited tank warranty becomes 10 years

Efficiency
.95 EF
Isolated tank design reduces conductive heat loss
Resistored copper upper element and resistored Lifeguard™ stainless steel lower element to prolong anode rod and tank life

Performance
FHR: 42 - 71 gallons, based on gallon capacity
Recovery: 21 GPH at a 90° F rise
System Sentinel (Available on selected models)
Exclusive diagnostic system with glowing LEDs that verify heating element operation. LEDs pin point the exact location of functioning or non-functioning heating elements

Longer Life
Premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection
Features
Electric junction box located above heating elements for easy installation
Over-temperature protector cuts off power in excess temperature situations
Automatic thermostat keeps water at desired temperature

Plus
EverKleen™ self cleaning device fights harmful sediment build-up with a high-velocity spiraling water stream – helps operating efficiency by saving energy, money and improving tank life
Enhanced-flow brass drain valve
Temperature and pressure relief valve included
Low lead compliant

Warranties
United States
Tank - 6 Years
Parts - 6 Years
With ProtectionPlus™ the 6-year limited tank warranty becomes 10 years

Installed Price
$765 to $1,012

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Rheem 40 Gallon Electric Professional Classic Series - PROE40 M2 RH95

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Rheem 40 Gallon Electric Professional Classic Series - PROE40 M2 RH95

Professional Classic™ electric water heaters are engineered for longer life – resistored heating elements and premium grade anode rod

Efficiency
.95 EF
Isolated tank design reduces conductive heat loss
Resistored copper upper element and resistored Lifeguard™ stainless steel lower element to prolong anode rod and tank life

Performance
FHR: 42 - 71 gallons, based on gallon capacity
Recovery: 21 GPH at a 90° F rise
System Sentinel (Available on selected models)
Exclusive diagnostic system with glowing LEDs that verify heating element operation. LEDs pin point the exact location of functioning or non-functioning heating elements

Longer Life
Premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection
Features
Electric junction box located above heating elements for easy installation
Over-temperature protector cuts off power in excess temperature situations
Automatic thermostat keeps water at desired temperature

Plus
EverKleen™ self cleaning device fights harmful sediment build-up with a high-velocity spiraling water stream – helps operating efficiency by saving energy, money and improving tank life
Enhanced-flow brass drain valve
Temperature and pressure relief valve included
Low lead compliant

Warranties
United States
Tank - 6 Years
Parts - 6 Years
With ProtectionPlus™ the 6-year limited tank warranty becomes 10 years

Efficiency
.95 EF
Isolated tank design reduces conductive heat loss
Resistored copper upper element and resistored Lifeguard™ stainless steel lower element to prolong anode rod and tank life

Performance
FHR: 42 - 71 gallons, based on gallon capacity
Recovery: 21 GPH at a 90° F rise
System Sentinel (Available on selected models)
Exclusive diagnostic system with glowing LEDs that verify heating element operation. LEDs pin point the exact location of functioning or non-functioning heating elements

Longer Life
Premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection
Features
Electric junction box located above heating elements for easy installation
Over-temperature protector cuts off power in excess temperature situations
Automatic thermostat keeps water at desired temperature

Plus
EverKleen™ self cleaning device fights harmful sediment build-up with a high-velocity spiraling water stream – helps operating efficiency by saving energy, money and improving tank life
Enhanced-flow brass drain valve
Temperature and pressure relief valve included
Low lead compliant

Warranties
United States
Tank - 6 Years
Parts - 6 Years
With ProtectionPlus™ the 6-year limited tank warranty becomes 10 years

Installed Price
$743 to $999



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Replacing Electric Hot Water Heater Tank with A Hybrid Hot Water Heater

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Short Video showing a electric traditional tank style hot water heater with a energy efficient hybrid/heat pump hot water heater.


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