Discover advantages and benefits of the American heat pumps water heaters (hybrids), recommended for homeowners looking to go green, who want to take advantage of high-efficient water heating, and save.
American electric heat pumps are actually hybrid water heaters that combine two technologies; a heat pump and electric heating, resulting in the most cost-effective energy solution for consumers.
According to the manufacturer, the heat pump can reduce the water heating costs up to 73% (when compared to a standard electric type), and provide annual savings of over $400 with a payback period of 2-3 years. The greatest savings are for the households located in regions with high electricity rates and in colder climates.
What makes the American hybrids energy efficient is how the heat pump is designed to operate. The heat pump transfers the heat (does not generate) from the ambient air through the heat exchanger, where it heats the water while cooling and dehumidifying the room at the same time. While the unit provides savings on utility bills, it also offers excellent comfort and convenience.
Hybrids offer innovative electronics and a large LCD display for convenience and easy control, monitoring, and troubleshooting when the problem appears.
The energy factor (UEF), which measures the unit's efficiency, is at least two-three times higher than the efficiency found on the standard electrical heaters, which use only the heating elements for heating. The highest UEF is 3.45 on hybrids and close to one on standard electric models.
Due to its great benefits and energy savings, American heat pumps are the only type of all-electric water heaters that are Energy Star compliant. They offer industry-leading efficiency, and at the same time, are eligible for tax credits and rebates from utility companies.
American heat pumps are part of the Proline XE series, which is the best category among electric heaters, and are available as HPHE models.
The HPHE group of heat pumps offers six models with capacities of 50, 66, and 80 gallons and warranties of 6 and 10 years. Those models with a 10-year warranty are also AHRI certified, which confirms the performance rating.
They all provide the same amount of hot water as the standard 50-, 66- and 80-gallon models, but at half the cost. The hybrids are usually built with a higher tank capacity, so the heat pump can operate more often than the heating elements, ensuring better savings and more hot water for periods of high demand.
Below is the table with the available models, capacity, first-hour rating, and the uniform energy factor (UEF). The highest energy factor is 3.45, while the greatest first-hour rating is 86 gallons found in 80-gal units, which ensures long showers with the maximum shower time of 55 minutes, and up to 3 showers simultaneously used.
The 50-gal unit is recommended for homes with up to 4 members, a 66-gal unit for 4-5, and an 80-gal unit for 5.
It is important to say that the heat pump water heater will get the highest energy efficiency in the efficiency mode, while the lowest efficiency in the electric mode, where it will also cost the most to operate.
Also, the greatest first-hour rating is in the hybrid mode (shown in the table above), while the smallest is in the efficiency mode. If the heat pump is used more often, the more efficient it becomes.
A 50-gal unit is ideal for mid-size homes and families, also where space is an issue due to its smaller diameter of 22". If there is enough room, larger and taller models can be used in high-demanding homes.
American hybrids utilize several standard features as found on other electric models, including the Blue Diamond glass coating for better protection against corrosion, DynaClean automatic sediment cleaning system, heat traps, and long-lasting brass drain valves.
The American heat pumps use the "environment-friendly" refrigerant to extract the heat from the surrounding air and build-in compressor to increase the fluid temperature.
On the other side, the backup electric heating system utilizes long-lasting Incoloy heating elements, upper and lower, with the maximum wattage of 4500 W. Thanks to the smart control system, heating elements are protected from dry firing.
The hybrid technology allows American heat pumps to work in four operating modes maximizing efficiency and performance, and also easy to use and customize:
Another significant advantage of this hybrid type over electric water heaters (great savings is probably the biggest one) is the advanced electronic systems, giving users some useful info; the operating status, modes, better control, convenience, and more.
The control panel found in the upper part of the water heater comes with a large LCD display and touchpad. You will be able to set and change the temperature, lock the settings, check the status, and use its diagnostic system and error codes when the problem occurs.
Models equipped with the communication port can be connected to home management and utility systems for better control and savings.
As opposed to most conventional electric water heaters, American heat pumps are equipped with the CoreGard advanced anode rod to protect the heater's tank from corrosion.
This is a sacrificial anode and is long-lasting due to the stainless steel core.
American electric heat pumps are recommended for families with four and more members and medium to large houses that utilize the maximum 240 VAC single phase and 25 Amps circuit breaker.
Hybrids are designed for indoor use and rooms with enough fresh air, so the best places for installation are attics, basements, and garages.
The company provides a maximum 10-year warranty on the tank and its parts. According to their website, savings are over $4000 over 12 years period, and the payback period is three years or less.
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