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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