Seems like hybrid is quite the buzzword these days taking auto industry by storm. However, there is a lesser-known hybrid when it comes to water heaters. If you’re in the market for a reliable and efficient water heater, there are a lot of options out there. Several new technologies have been developed leading to water heaters that last longer and save money. One such water heater is the hybrid water heater. Water heaters use more energy than other appliances like the oven, washer, and fridge combined! Unlike traditional water heaters, the hybrid uses far less energy than most other types. Energy Star has developed a rating system to measure the energy efficiency appliances. The efficiency rating for hybrid water heaters typically run in between the ranges of 2.25 to 2.75. A conventional water heater’s energy factor is in the range of 0.5-0.75 and a tankless water heater is around 0.95.
Here are some of the Benefits:
- Using a hybrid water heater can generally save you a significant amount of money on your water bills, even if a new system cost more initially.
- You won’t need to spend money on standby heat like other water heater systems as tankless systems provide you with hot water quickly and easily when you need it.
- You also don’t have to waste money heating unused water. Other benefits of using a system like this include the lifespan and durability of the product.
- A typical hybrid water heater saves up to 60% in energy use – significantly more than a regular electric water heater.
Maintenance is minimal and a yearly checkup should be performed for optimal use. Regular cleaning of the air filter may be necessary.
A typical hybrid system will cost anywhere in between $900-$2,000+ before installation.