Is the Heat Pump Hot Water Heater a good deal?

Remember yesterday’s announcement that every new home from Vermont Modular now has a Hybrid Heat Pump Hot Water Heater included Free of Charge.  That sounds great but, is it really a good deal?

We went online and checked to see if comparisons have been made between using a Propane Fired On-Demand hot water and the Heat Pump Hot Water Heater.  Guess what; those studies have been done and we’d like to share with you the results.

First, everyone must understand that every family is unique and comes to this question with their own set of characteristics.  Or in other words, there is not a single answer that is going to fit everyone!  The whole concept of “One Size Fits All” is problematic. 

On-Demand hot water heaters have some advantages:

  • They will virtually never run out of hot water
  • They tend to have a longer life span than tank heates
  • They use up a lot less space

On-Demand hot water heaters have disadvantages:

  • Initial cost is expensive
  • They are run by burning Fossil Fuels and produce green house gasses

Heat Pump hot water heaters had advantages:

  • Highly efficient  consuming a fraction of the energy of others so they are less expensive to operate
  • They do not burn fossil fuels nor do they create green-house gasses

Heat Pump hot water heaters have disadvantages:

  • Their initial cost is high, Heat Pump Hot Water heaters are expensive
  • They tend to lower the temperature of their surrounding area
  • They have a tendency to be slightly more prone to failure

That’s our best attempt to help you make an intelligent and educated decision.

 

PS:  Did you know that today is “National Pizza Day?”  This obviously has nothing to do with our blog post but isn’t Pizza great!

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