Heat Pump Water Heater Testimonial

May 21, 2012 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

Check out this recent email we got from a neighbor in Durham:

My house is all-electric, so a gas tank or tankless water heater approach was not an option.  And my roof doesn’t get enough sun to go the solar route.  What I ended up with is a retrofit heat pump water heater.  I bought an Airgenerate AirTap heat pump unit from Lowe’s.  The unit is fitted to an existing hot water tank.  You can use the electric or gas heater for the tank as backup, or turn it off completely and rely only on the AirTap only.  I went the retrofit route, rather than a standard heat pump or hybrid heat pump unit because it had to go in my crawl space and most standard units are too tall—so I side-mounted the AirTap to a low boy water heater.

It’s working great so far, in that I haven’t had any problems and have had enough hot water (with the tank turned off).  Airgenerate claims the AirTap is better than gas and as good as solar (but cheaper than solar to install). 

I haven’t done it yet, but the cool, dehumidified air it produces can be redirected to the air conditioning duct work to help out the air conditioning.  For the same reason, you do not want the unit in a conditioned part of the house unless the cool air can be vented to outside during the heating season.

-Judy S.

Thanks Judy, we love getting feedback from neighbors that can benefit the whole community!  If you have questions or want to be connected to Judy contact us at Clean Energy Durham or call 919-323-3244.

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