2 Methods For Upgrading Your Electric Water Heater To Be More Eco-Friendly

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2 Methods For Upgrading Your Electric Water Heater To Be More Eco-Friendly

18 June 2015
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If your electric water heater is starting to look a little tired and worn out, it may be the perfect time to upgrade the system while you consider repairing it with the help of a heating service and repair specialist. Now is the perfect time to move up to a more eco-friendly system. There are a few options out there for both saving the environment and cutting back on your utility bill.

The Importance of Upgrading Your Electric Water Heater in a Timely Manner

Since time can go by so fast, it's easy to forget that water heaters are usually only good for 15 years at the very most. So, if your electric water heater is between 10 and 15 years old, you many need to not just repair it, but upgrade to a new one.

Part of this is because upgrading will not only give you a more efficient heater because the new one is fundamentally better than the old version, but it will also help even more because old heaters tend to become less efficient. Some estimates from Energy.gov indicate that you could save as much as $360 or even more throughout the lifespan of an upgraded appliance.

Heat Pumps

Heating systems that use heat pumps are more efficient than conventional water storage systems firstly because they can both heat and cool a house, so you don't need a separate system. Another reason pumps are more eco-friendly is because they move heat from one place to another instead of simply creating heat outright.

The pumps concentrate heat from the surrounding air and then force it into a water tank. It's essentially the exact opposite of a refrigerator. The one downside is that it's sometimes more difficult to produce enough heat if with a pump it's extremely cold outside. This is why some of these systems are worked into hybrids.

Hybrid Heat Pump Systems

Another way you can upgrade your heating system is with a hybrid system that uses both conventional storage water heater parts and heat pump parts. According to Energy.gov, some systems that use this technology can spend as much as 62 percent less energy than an electric water heater with a 50-gallon capacity.

The best systems that use this have an Energy Star rating. The way they work is during periods where more heat is needed than what the heat pump can produce, the system automatically switches over to a conventional electric heating tank that's capable of producing more heat than the heat pump. This way you can make sure you have enough heat while also conserving energy.

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