Are you interested in a smart hybrid water heater? You must have heard that a hybrid water heater is much more economical and better than an electric water heater. But do you know the difference between a hybrid water heater (heat pump) and an electric water heater?

Heat pump water heater vs electric water heater.
So, it's time to replace your water heater, and you're wondering which one is best for you? Between electric, gas and hybrid water heaters (heat pumps), there are so many options, models and combination of features. Which type you choose completely depends on your needs. In this article, we will focus on the hybrid heat pumps versus the electric water heaters.

This includes the features, advantages and disadvantages of hybrid water heaters.

What is a hybrid water heater?
A hybrid water heater is a device that heats water. Usually only for your radiators or underfloor heating but not for your shower. The name 'hybrid' is used because it is a combination of an electric water heater and a gas-fired high-efficiency boiler. The heat pump part does most of the work. If it is very cold outside and the heat pump cannot manage on its own, the gas boiler kicks in. The heat pump part heats on average about 60% of the water, which saves a lot of gas compared to a separate high-efficiency boiler. However, it is true that the amount of natural gas that is saved can differ considerably per home.

When does it make sense to use a hybrid heat pump?
Hybrid heat pumps are also being promoted strongly by a number of municipalities and network companies. They are currently being used in several places, including by the network companies. But how can we best use this technique? Because we still know very little about the actual savings figures from practice. So when does it make sense to use a hybrid heat pump and when not? And how can we deal sensibly with all the technical innovations that are coming our way in the coming years?

Is the hybrid heat pump suitable for every type of home?
According to hybrid water heater experts, the hybrid heat pump is particularly suitable for installations with a lower delivery temperature, so this applies to new-build homes or homes that are being renovated or have already been renovated. It must be about CO2 reduction. That is why it is good to look at the best solution for each situation. When you are forced by housing conditions to work with a high temperature system, and that is what homes in the Newark still use, then the savings are simply low. You really shouldn't want to use it there. You can install it, but you see that you get relatively little with it, especially in terms of saving on CO2. It is important to insulate the house well.

Size and water temperature
In principle, you should take into account the size of your household and the hot water needs of your family members when purchasing. If you purchase a water heater that is the right size for your family, it will be more energy efficient without compromising comfort. It is also important to know that the size of your water heater affects your water value.

When does it make sense to switch?
It does not always make sense to switch to a hybrid heat pump. Perhaps because your home is not (yet) well insulated. Or your house is so well insulated that a fully electric heat pump (without gas) is also an option. It is also possible that a heat network will be installed in your neighborhood in the coming years.

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Misty Jhones